What to Trade for Better Fuel Economy:
There are many ways to reduce your fuel expenses, such as driving less or car pooling; even moderate acceleration and braking as opposed to slamming on the brakes or revving the engine at every stop light will give you better fuel economy. But if you are looking for an instant boost, as opposed to lifestyle changes, there is the ‘trade-in’. Here are some great recommendations of alternatives of what you may have now:
-Trade a Truck-Based Body-on-Frame SUV for a Full-Size Crossover. Lots of people bought big SUVs when gas was cheap and incentives were plenty. But over time, the gas bill could hurt. Full-size crossovers drive wonderfully and more smoothly than the truck-based SUVs, and offer some fuel-saving benefit.
-Trade a Minivan for a Microvan. The microvan market is heating up, as automakers are finding a way to make the ultimate family vehicle more fuel efficient. While there are not that many choices on the market today, expect an influx of models in the next few year.
-Trade a Big SUV for a Smaller Utility Vehicle. Here is another choice for large SUV owners. Many consumers are asking themselves if they really need all that size and brawn, if you are one of them, this may be the perfect solution. Vehicles in this class should improve your fuel costs by a significant amount, yet you will still have a decent amount of passenger and cargo room, and possibly, all wheel drive.
-Get Rid of Your Weekend Pickup Truck and replace It with a Fuel-Efficient Second Car. If you really only need a pickup for occasions here and there, many companies, such as the home-improvement chain’s, offers truck rentals by the hour. Considering where we think gas prices will be, renting the home-improvement chain’s truck by the hour to haul paneling and sheetrock back to the house makes much more sense than owning a pickup you don’t really need.
-Swap Prestige for the Hybrid. For many, a new hybrid vehicle is beyond their budget, but for those who can afford a luxury car, they can just as easily afford a new hybrid. Its a simple choice of lifestyle, you may not feel flashy in a down to earth Prius, but in the end you may impress more for your contribution to the earth.
Posted by pfiorini on Feb 5 2010 in Fuel Economy