Originally Posted by buzzgun
It would help ( and this is coming) if people bought the most efficient vehicle that would still do the job they need done......obviously, it would be foolish to try to pull a stock trailer with a 4 cylinder toyota pickup......but it's even more foolish to use a 1 ton 4X4 diesel pickup to haul the kids back and forth to school.....and I see that all the time where I live!
As long as the majority of Americans are willing to pay the price and refuse to change their habits (conserve), demand will increase and the price of fuel will rise......when it hurts enough that we really conserve.....demand will drop and prices will decline.......
I agree 100%. My commute is 35 miles one way, and a few years ago I did the math regarding driving my diesel Suburban @ 20 mpg vs something else. I settled on a VW Jetta Wagon, 5-speed diesel. I average right around 50 mpg depending on the time of the year, and I have gotten over 60 mpg for the two tanks that I drove for economy. (Take off easily on the throttle, don't pass anybody on the 2-lane roads, and don't go over 65 mph).
What I'm saving in fuel costs is paying for the car vs. driving the Suburban.
Now, if I were to drive the same miles in city traffic, a Prius would be a better choice. But, a Prius can't tow what I can either. I drove from South Bend, IN to Tennesee to go wild boar hunting, towing a 4' x 8' trailer, with 2' tall sides. Not much gear for 2 people, but more coolers than would fit in the car. I averaged 68 mph, and pulled down 43 mpg for the whole trip.
America needs to start thinking about sizing their vehicles for the majority of their driving habits.
Now when 3 of us go out West this year for deer/antelope, we'll either take the Suburban or my buddies Tahoe, towing a trailer as well.