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Yeah but what is the cost of sending millions of $ to countries that don't like us? Or the ripple effect to an economy from unstable petroleum supplies and prices.

For me the math is clear. Burn as little gas as possible. It is not about the payback.
I agree 100%. I think the main point is that once you're above 40 mpg the difference between lets say the Prius and the Insight are negligible.

The article just states the facts when it comes to diminishing returns the higher MPG you go.
 

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Yeah. Although I want to see triple digits, I had an engineer friend say its not possible from a physics stand point.

I find its not too hard to average 70mpg on a trip. I also find I can pass everyone and keep my foot in it and stay above 60mpg. :)


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illusions....
every one hates reality.

I did all kinds of calculations...
I am pretty sure 50% more illusion makes everyone happier

and once one decides to own and operate an auto...
( I have to state in the U.S. anyway...)
there are costs that can be compared and totaled

tires, wipers, oil, brake pads and so on...

total cost of ownership is an interesting number to pin down.
from all I can tell, the decision of how to value the
purchase is the toughest. the next problem is insurance
and then cost of fuel and motor oil.

BUUUT the cost of fuel is definitely related to the
value of the car.
In that you can do a good guess of the total cost of the fuel
and the value left in a given auto.

200k miles on the clock and the car will have little value left.

If you want a fun number to bring to this illusive MPG number,
here is what I noticed.

what you pay at the pump is about the same value you have driven off the car.

ahhhh... why am I laughing?
 
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