Re-consider what you know.
You have decided it’s the time to buy a new car. Yet you don’t only want a new car, but you want a fuel efficient car. And you want a car good for the environment if possible. May be you are considering buying an EV. Now, most likely, you are in the beginning of your research and you are confused. Or maybe you are not and you have decided. Either way, you should first listen to some sense. Whether that is here, or somewhere else on the web, or your best friend or some other friend who knows about cars. By listening to sense I mean researching, reading, talking and then digesting it all and making sense of it. Information is gold people say, so you should roll up your sleeves and find the info you need to help you decide what car to buy.
Cars that will save you money in the long term.
- Mitsubishi I SE
- Ford Focus Electric
- Nissan Leaf SL
- Chevrolet Volt
- Tesla Model S (base, 85kWh)
- Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced
- Toyota Prius Four
- Toyota Prius C Two
- Toyota Prius V Three
- Lexus CT 200h Premium
Hybrids always top the chart when it comes to fuel efficiency. We all fall into the trap of thinking that hybrids are good for the environment. The truth is that no car is good for the environment. If you really want to make an impact on the environment then just use the public transportation more, walk more, bike more and recycle more! When you commute a lot and you want to buy a new car, then it is completely possible that there is a new gasoline (or diesel) car getting the same miles per gallon as the hybrid. The hybrid is just more expensive and if you will be driving a lot then you are not really making a difference for the environment. If you are thinking in terms of money only then you should consider the break even time as well. Hybrids are still more expensive than more gasoline or diesel vehicles. This means that you will have to keep your vehicle for long enough in order to realize the savings.
Why don’t we consider diesels over hybrids?
Diesel engines are turbocharged and have boat loads of power to boost their performance, more miles per gallon (if that is what you are looking for). More importantly, they pollute less than we think. The new clean diesel models have diesel particulate filter (DPF) that removes the particles from the exhaust.
Here are some of the top diesel automobiles available on the US market:
Volkswagen Golf TDI
Volkswagen Passat TDI
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d
2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 Blutec
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
2014 Mazda6 SkyActiv-D
Diesel vehicles heyday is yet to come. As we see there are fewer choices, but more are coming to US market each year. Efficiency and dependability have made the diesel engine the choice in trucking, and now it’s gearing up for the automobile industry. If you have not driven diesel in years you will be surprise when you hop in one of these vehicles. The latest diesel technology is about to surprise you. Modern diesel vehicles are cleaner, quieter, fuel-efficient and more powerful than ever. Check out what Edmunds recommends for diesels, but again you have to sit behind the wheel of a few in order to feel the difference.
Now I just want to finish with this – Don’t believe old clichés!
German cars are good, American cars are bad … really?
A reasonable explanation why German cars are good and American bad is often difficult to hear. It is just a perception that people have adopted over the years and continue to chew on daily. I don’t mean to stress you out. Choosing a new vehicle is easy – you just need to have the right information. Moreover, go test drive a few vehicles, read about them and about the new technology and then decide. You may even want to hold on for a sometime and stick with your old car until you find the best choice or until the new 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD comes around!
Now if you want to buy a new car because you are moving, (moreover if you are moving to Los Angeles, CA, I understand!) I will recommend one other option. Just keep your old car for a while – we can ship your car to Los Angeles easily. When you start thinking about a new car it is always a good idea to let it sit for a while. Take your time to find what’s best for you. Buying a car is always easy once you are really sure.