When I arrived in El Paso last Thursday, Hertz gave me a Toyota Prius. I had never driven a hybrid car, so I was pretty interested in trying it out. I’m embarrased to say that it took us about 10 minutes to figure out how to turn the car on, but once we got past that hurdle I was very impressed. Granted, the Prius isn’t the best looking car around, but it’s extremely roomy and performs like any other sedan — except that it gets 50 mpg!
I have to say, it’s a really good feeling to know that you’re not guzzling gas. We drove about 220 miles over the weekend and burned only 5 gallons of gas. By comparison, my Land Rover would have burned at least 15 gallons. Over the course of a year, this would add up to a big difference in both environmental impact and pocketbook impact. Think about it — if you drive 12,000 miles in a year, the difference between 15 MPG and 45 MPG is over 500 gallons of gas or $1,500.
I’ve decided that it’s time to put my money where my mouth is, so I’m pretty sure that our next car will be a hybrid (assuming Megan is on board, of course). The only problem is that many of the more appealing hybrids on the market don’t even come close to the Prius in terms of gas mileage.