After following all the news from the Gulf and watching our congressional leaders continue to shuffle their feet over the Energy Bill, we decided that it NOW makes more sense than ever to buy that Toyota Prius and trade-in that Honda Pilot.
Why not improve our three car fleet’s average MPG from 19 to 26mpg; and reduce our collective annual carbon output from 16 tons to 10; and reduce our consumption of oil by 10 barrels are year? Just from our little operation. This new 2010 Prius only consumes less than three barrels a year compared to our Pilot which is at 13 barrels every year, at our projected driving rates. With one purchase and one car changeout, we reduced our footprint by 36%. We used the Government Fuel Economy guide to estimate these numbers.
The only question we’re asking is why didn’t we act sooner? Over the years, we’ve rented a number of Prius’ while traveling and renting from the Hertz Green Collection and found the car comfortable, kinda fun to drive, and surprisingly peppy in the mountains. Other than the frumpy lines and “smug” image, it really had no downsides. The newest generation of Prius that came out in 2010 actually has a sportier look to it, no longer frumpy. Plus the upper models have all the latest toys: Bluetooth, satelite radio, iPhone connectivity, GPS, and a great sound system.