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Old 07-15-2009, 11:02 PM
 
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Take out all the safety gear and strength that is required in cars now and you could get them into the high 30's and 40's again easy.

My Volvo station wagon gets 18 city 30 highway and around 24-25 combined. Small price to pay to not be crushed like if you were in an old Corolla, Civic, or Geo.
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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The sales guy actually talked us out of a Prius, said they don't get that much better mileage for the extra in price, about another 8-10K, that's a lot of gas, even at $4 a gal!
You're getting excellent gas mileage. The Corolla is a good car. My daughter is shopping around for a new car, and in the Toyota line, it's the Corolla she has her eye on.

That said, if you're getting that kind of mileage with a Corolla (in 2009, rated as 27 city/35 highway/30 combined), image the mileage you'd get with a Prius (again for 2009, rated as 48 city/45 highway/46 combined). The Prius is certainly more expensive - the lowest priced Corolla w/automatic has a 2009 MSRP of $16,900, while a similar Prius comes in at $22,750 ... a difference of $5,850.

Unless the numbers were wildly different in 2008, I think perhaps your car salesman was exaggerating a bit (not that they ever do that, right?) with both the difference in price and difference in gas mileage.

And with all of THAT said, there are plenty of non-hybrids out there (the Corolla among them) that get great gas mileage.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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I drive a 2004 Corolla...I average about 38.5 MPG. The ones with manual transmissions are supposed to get about 3 more MPG. I think they are outstanding cars all around, gas mileage is just their best selling point. They also have enough power to pass and get up hills, and are quite roomy inside for a compact.
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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No-one's mentioned the Chevy Cobalt or the Pontiac G5?

They are EPA rated 37 mpg on the highway. I have noticed that over the last several years, cars seem to get better gas mileage than the EPA rating says. (Mine gets about 4 mpg better)

The Cobalt and G5 start at around only $14,000 and there is $2500 in rebates now. If you have a bad mileage vehicle to trade in through the CARS program, you'd then have over $7,000 off, and could get a new car that gets good gas milage for only around $7,000.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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Smart car, mini, fiat 500 etc...
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Smart car, mini, fiat 500 etc...
Any one of those will kill you in a 30 mph, head-on collision with that gas guzzling S.U.V. tho...
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Any one of those will kill you in a 30 mph, head-on collision with that gas guzzling S.U.V. tho...
It would help quite a bit if so many people weren't driving 5000+ pound vehicles.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Any one of those will kill you in a 30 mph, head-on collision with that gas guzzling S.U.V. tho...
Yeah, but in all fairness, any gas guzzling SUV is going to kill you in a 30 mph, head-on collision with a Semi.

So where do we draw the line?
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:27 PM
 
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No-one's mentioned the Chevy Cobalt or the Pontiac G5?

They are EPA rated 37 mpg on the highway. I have noticed that over the last several years, cars seem to get better gas mileage than the EPA rating says. (Mine gets about 4 mpg better)

The Cobalt and G5 start at around only $14,000 and there is $2500 in rebates now. If you have a bad mileage vehicle to trade in through the CARS program, you'd then have over $7,000 off, and could get a new car that gets good gas milage for only around $7,000.
Please explain the CARS program. I drive a 2004 Suburban, a gas hog and big, and I would like to get a car with better mileage, but not too tiny, I have 4 children. Can you explain to me about the CARS program and what I might end up paying for a new Cobalt or G5 with a trade-in on my car?
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Please explain the CARS program. I drive a 2004 Suburban, a gas hog and big, and I would like to get a car with better mileage, but not too tiny, I have 4 children. Can you explain to me about the CARS program and what I might end up paying for a new Cobalt or G5 with a trade-in on my car?
See:

CARS.gov - Car Allowance Rebate System - Home - Formerly Referred to as “Cash for Clunkers”

and

Cash for Clunkers | Cash for Cars NHTSA Program | Dealer Directory

The latest "cash for clunkers" news ... Chrysler has announced a new program, starting tomorrow (July 23rd), where they are offering $4500 off many (all?) Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles in addition to the $3500 - $4500 voucher for trade-ins eligible under the CARS program.

See: Chrysler to match 'cash for clunkers' incentive for potential of $9,000 off new car - Salt Lake Tribune
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