Higher Fuel Prices? Wheels That Will Keep You Rolling
|Kyle Busch is the author of Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used
Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save Money. The book can be
ordered from Barnes and Noble or Borders, or by visiting
www.drivethebestbook.com. The web site accepts all transportation questions.
The cost of transportation can be
expensive, and higher fuel prices do not help matters. The
following vehicles have good ratings, and they will help to stretch
your fuel dollars.
The following are some vehicles that
will help you to keep rolling longer and avoid the pump:
1. The Toyota Corolla has been around
for over 30 years. During the last few years, the Corolla has become
a bit larger. Expect to achieve about 30 mpg in the city and about
40 mpg on the highway with this vehicle.
2. The Honda Civic has been a stiff
rival to the Corolla. The Civic has also recently grown a bit in
size. The Civic is right there with the Corolla at about 30 mpg in
the city and about 40 mpg on the highway.
3. The Geo Prizm will cost about
$1,000- $1,500 less than a comparable year Corolla or Civic. The
Prizm will achieve about 29 mpg city and about 38 mpg on the
SUVs can really eat the fuel,
however, they are convenient for hauling cargo, and they definitely
have a real advantage in bad weather and off-road conditions.
4. The Suzuki Esteem wagon provides
some cargo carrying ability and reasonable fuel economy. Expect to
achieve about 28 mpg in the city and about 37 mpg on the highway
with this vehicle.
5. The Subaru Legacy wagon/Outback
wagon and Forester can all carry cargo plus they have all-wheel
drive. These vehicles generally have the most powerful engines out
of those mentioned above. Expect to achieve about 22 mpg in the city
and about 27 mpg on the highway.
If you are in the market for a
vehicle, be certain to do your homework. Consult "Consumer
Report's" automotive issue (April). This resource is available
at most public libraries.
If you plan on buying a used vehicle,
also be sure to read a couple of archived new vehicle road tests
(review road tests that were conducted at the time the vehicle was
new) on the used vehicle of interest in auto magazines (many are
archived at your local library) or Internet sources such as
"Car and Driver," "Motor Trend," "Road
& Track," or "MotorWeek." Information from the
road tests will allow you to zero in on which of the vehicles
discussed above will be the best for you.