SUV'ers Part 2

february 25, 2003

So, I was thinking about SUVs and their gas consumption and how much it costs to keep up an image. I looked at a Hummer H2 and compared it with a Honda Civic Hybrid. The H2 gets 13mpg, the Civic Hybrid gets 51mpg. A soccer mom who drives a vehicle without ever seeing dirt action will see an average of 1,000 miles a month or 12,000 miles a year. At $2 per gallon, that's a cost of $1,848 for fuel per year for the H2. Compare that with the paltry $480 a year for fuel for the Civic Hybrid. That's a savings of $1,368 per year savings on fuel alone. Don't forget the up front cost of the vehicles: H2 is $48,455 and the Civic Hybrid is $19,550. That's a difference of $28,905. If the car was bought on a five year plan, the savings if that soccer mom got a Civic Hybrid instead of an H2 would be $35,745. Is image really worth that much?