Friday, October 23, 2009

American Hybrid Automobiles

So what hybrids are coming out of Detroit?

Well let's see:

Ford has the Escape hybrid, which is considered an SUV.
It has an MSRP of 31,500 and a MPG rating of 34/31.

For a sedan, Ford came up with the Fusion Hybrid.
With and MSRP of $27,625 and a MPG rating of 41/36.

From the Mercury division, Ford produces the Mercury Mariner Hybrid, which has an MSRP of $29,995 and gets a respectable 34 MPG in the city. The Mercury Milan Hybrid is a sedan with an MSRP of $27,855 and gets 41 MPG in the city.
Chevrolet offers 3 hybrids for 2009:
For the sedan it has the Malibu Hybrid MSRP of 25,550 and MPG of 34 hwy
Chevy also has the Tahoe Hybrid which has an MSRP of 50,455 with an estimated MPG of 22 hwy. For special orders Chevy also offers the Silverado 1500 Hybrid. A nice truck that has an MSRP of $38,020 with MPG rating of 22 mpg hwy.

The Cadillac division created the Escalade Hybrid which does an estimated 20 MPG hwy with an MSRP starting at $73,425.

On the GMC side GM comes in with the Sierra Hybrid and the Yukon Hybrid, where they both produce MPG figures of 22 hwy. The Sierra truck has an MSRP of $38,390 and Yukon an MSRP of $50,920.

The Aura Hybrid and Vue Hybrid are products of Saturn for 2009. The Aura is a sedan which gets a respectable 34 MPG hwy along with an MSRP of $26,325. The Vue is Saturns compact SUV which has an MSRP of $28,160 along with 32 MPG hwy.

Chrysler finally entered the Hybrid market in 2009 with the Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid and the Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid. The Aspen has an MSRP of $45,270 and an EPA estimate of 20 MPG hwy. The Durango comes in with an MSRP of $45,040 and MPG of 22 hwy.\

If my count is correct, that is 14 hybrid vehicles with MPG figures ranging from 20 to 41 city or hwy. This is pretty impressive coming from the Big 3. Of course there are non-hybrid vehicles out there with better MPG figures at a much lower cost. What do you spend your money on?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Back to basics of saving gas.

It's been a while since I have posted on this Blog.
I decided to give this site a rest and concentrate on my other blog and web sites.

So how are you doing on saving fuel?
Are you still interested in saving fuel? I sure hope so.
If you are like most people, you do want to save money.
And one place you do have control over how much you spend is in the amount of gas or diesel fuel you use.

If you are in the market for a new vehicle buy one with better mileage.
And there is a wide variety to choose from whether import or domestic,
Hybrid or a diesel. You can even stick with your current make and model. Most newer models of the old badges are now more fuel efficient. They may even offer a hybrid or flex fuel version.

Of course this all depends on your own needs. Do you like performance or just fuel economy. Or do you want both.

Then there is also the need for space. I have a family of five. I can't very well expect the kids to sit all next to one another when they can have their own seat in a mini van. Mini vans have come a long way, but are still not the most fuel efficient due to their large size. My options are limited there.

Change your driving Habits
Because I am not in the market for another vehicle, I have changed my driving habits to get the most mileage out of my vehicle.
I try to combine errands as much as I can.
I drive my wife's better mileage vehicle if she is not using it.
Use of the cruise control is becoming a habit.
You can also revisit my post on Hyper-miling.

Stop Driving and try public transportation or use your bicycle.
For many in suburban areas with limited to no public transportation routes this just is not an option. I for one live in an area that has limited public transportation and the roads are not bicycle or even walk friendly.
As a matter of fact per Walk Score my neighborhood is rated a 12 out of 100. It is considered a car dependent neighborhood.
I just have to be conscious of the car usage.

My thing is, if you can save gas you can save money. If we can all save gas we may get out from under the dependency of foreign oil. And that is the ultimate goal here.

Thank you.