Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:For a couple of years I drove a Ford F-150. There are a few reasons for this, the primary one being that I got the truck for $1 and probably couldn't sell it for much more than $1000 so it was worth just owning as a vehicle. Secondly, I expect to build my own house and start my own farm in the near future, something which it can be very helpful to have a truck for.
After driving the truck around as a commuter vehicle for a while I began to feel icky about the 15 L/100km (~15 mpg) I was burning. If I was hauling big loads all the time I probably would have been fine with it, but unfortunately it was usually just me, alone in an empty truck. My conscious ate at me for a while and finally I decided to do something about it and now I drive a 2012 Chevy Volt with the truck in reserve for when I actually need to haul something. Throughout the current 100,000 km of distance on the Volt, it has used around 3 L/100km (~78 mpg), five times better than the truck! I feel so much better knowing how much fuel I've saved over the past couple of years. I wish I could have saved even more.
I am wondering, what is the most fuel efficient car on the road today that still burns gas?
Please leave out mention of all-electric cars as that is another discussion.
David Fraleigh wrote:Many people in this thread have spoken of having to have both a car and a truck to cover their needs. What really bugs me about that is that the insurers want to charge you double as if you can drive them both at the same time... I am a firm believer in having a good roof rack and a good small trailer. I built a house hauling the majoritiy of the building supplies behind a Ford Escort using just those two items.