Peak Oil News: Free Prius to SUV Owners

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Free Prius to SUV Owners

Portland Transport

By Bob R.

OK, this post's title is a lie... but it's almost true. (I should go into politics.)

An owner of a large SUV achieving only 15 miles per gallon in mixed driving will consume 10,000 gallons of gasoline over a 150,000 mile vehicle life. (Example: A 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4WD, 5-spd Automatic, 4.7L 8cyl engine, achieves 15mpg in mixed driving under the newly-revised EPA standards.)

If that SUV owner switched to a high-MPG hybrid achieving 45 miles per gallon, they would consume 3,333 gallons over the same 150,000 mile vehicle life. (Example: A 2007 Toyota Prius achieves 46mpg mixed, revised EPA.)

At $3.25 per gallon, the 6,667 gallons saved over the life of the vehicle would cost over $21,600, which just happens to be around the base price of a Prius -- switch today and the car pays for itself. :-)

Now, of course, I do realize that many SUV owners use the vehicle for purposes which cannot be emulated by a mid-size sedan. (Towing, hauling lots of people and gear around, off-road and farm use, etc.)

But, for a person who has found themselves to be primarily a commuter in their large vehicle, and who seldom ferries around more than a couple of extra passengers (a Prius will move 4 people quite comfortably, 5 not-so-comfortably), that person might just want to consider switching, given today's gas prices.

Bonus: If the SUV is already paid for, it can be kept on-hand for when it is really needed, while the fuel savings for daily driving will still pay for the hybrid.

Fuel for thought.


At 10:29 PM, May 10, 2007, Anonymous Karen said...

Fuel comsumption is one of the factors we must consider in buying cars. Most rich people who own a car ignore this and are more concerned with the looks and power.

At 7:49 PM, May 17, 2007, Blogger Adam Rybczynski said...

Dear, Bob R

I think that we should establish laws that force the auto industry to create more fuel-efficient cars, and cars that are environmentally safe. By doing this, we would not only preserve the environment, but also decreases are dependency on foreign oil. Visit my blog “Oil Sources and Solution” at


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