10907Re: [hreg] money and mileage
- Oct 13 5:42 AMI am not a math or numbers person and I am not familiar with the Toyota Highlander, but I have a Fusion Hybrid and prior to that I had a Volvo convertible. My Volvo was an older model, and I got about 23 miles on the highway. I get 36 to 37 with my Fusion. The Hybrid actually gets better mileage with stop and go in the city than the highway. It is at 37.2 right now, but if I drive to Dallas it will go down to about 36.7.
Don't know if this helps you make your decision, but I can say I am very happy with my choice.
On 10/13/2011 7:18 AM, Garth & Kim Travis wrote:
I am looking at what it really costs to have a more fuel efficient
vehicle. Here is what I have figured out so far.
If I pay an extra $10,000 for a hybrid that gets 3mpg more on the
highway, I figure it will take me 66,000 miles to break even with gas
priced at $3.50 per gallon. I drive 90% highway, so that is the mileage
figure most important to me.
I figured this by looking at the number of gallons of fuel it takes to
drive 10,000 miles. At 25mpg, that number is 400, but at 28 it is
357.14, so I save 43 gallons. At $3.50 per gallon that is a savings of
$150.50 per 10,000 miles. So it takes about 66,000 miles to break even.
Considering I keep my vehicles until I wear them out, I do believe that
paying for a hybrid will be well worth it. Considering that gas prices
will be even higher in the future, I do believe I am being conservative
in my comparisons. Any comments?
Right now the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is looking good. It can tow 3500
lbs and hauls a lot of stuff inside. It would be nicer to drive than a
truck, and it's mileage is much higher than any truck I have looked at.
Garth & Kim Travis
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