That New Car Smell

by Lisa Donovan

Our big goal this summer is to buy a new car.  We have always loved our little econo-sized cars - both for the ecoresponsibility factor as well as for the affordabilty of them.  But, now, as a family of four with an old dog that likes to go for rides with us, we are in desperate need of a larger, more family friendly auto.  But, we can’t affford to put gas in an SUV or minivan, nor do we feel good about how unfriendly they are to our environment. 

Here’s what I have found that is helping me to make my decision a bit easier:

With cars becoming more efficient, you might think oil companies are hurting for profits. Ha, yeah, right! Companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron have never been stronger, thanks in part to chumps (like us) paying record prices and continuing to drive inefficient vehicles.

The good news is you don’t have to be a chump. These days, plenty of cars minimize fuel usage as well as pollution. According to this site on fuel economy from the U.S. Department of Energy, of all the cars available, the Honda Insight gets the most miles per gallon. The two-seater (with manual transmission) achieves 66 mpg on the highway and 60 in the city.

Of course, two-seaters aren’t for everyone. The Toyota Prius is the most fuel-efficient mid-sized car, with mileage well above the national average. We recommend checking out the EPA’s official site. It lists the fuel economy, pollution rating, and vehicle specs of just about every car available. If you’re thirsty for even more choices, this page on renewable energy explains the benefits of various alternative fuels like ethanol and natural gas.

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