I don’t know why daily charging (at home) should be an obstacle to anyone with a garage or even a carport. I charge my plug-in hybrid vehicle every day and the car simply switches to hybrid when there are more kilometers to travel than available electric charge. It just becomes a habit to plug in your car, just like… Read more
As a current VW owner who has 6 major warranty repairs on said VW in 9,200 miles:
Nice. They really turn my head on the very rare occasion I see one.
Oh boy, previous C5 owner here - the interior on the C5 was lightyears better than the C4 before it. Was said interior comparable to a 911 at the time? No. Did it cost half as much for similar performance? Yes. And therein lies the rub. Corvettes are relatively affordable performance-first cars, and that affordability… Read more
I could very, very easily get $1,800 worth of enjoyment out of this thing. You guys are all disappointingly uninspired. As long as the “roll cage” isn’t just exhaust tubing its an easy NP.
Despite the jalop commenters that insist buying new is worse than murdering infants, if your kid is responsible it is not a bad idea. my mom leased a kia soul for our kid and they treated it wonderfully and it was way under miles at end of lease. the kid bought it out when the lease was done, and now has a decent low… Read more
Cheap, used, stick-shift. Cheap and used because it is going to get destroyed. Manual because if you start in an EV or Automatic, you’ll only ever learn to drive those. Start with a stick and you’ll be able to drive anything with wheels.
My dad had a Cutlass Supreme Brougham Coupe. That thing was a pussy wagon in it’s day. I had new step-moms every week.
I’d love better roads, too, and would advocate for higher gas taxes to cover the full cost.
But as for what I propose, you’re right - a straight gas tax does punish poor people. A gas tax used to fund a uniform tax credit does not necessarily do this.
If the average consumer uses 600 gallons of gas per year and you… Read more
I will stick with what I know.
Nissans with the VQ35DE and a 5sp auto. That will get you an Altima, some Maximas, and maybe an Xterra. Some will have a 5 or 6 speed manual.
They are reliable, no matter how much people hate the interior kit. At 5k, you are before a lot of the terrible ICE, so you can install your own… Read more
We have a Pacifica Hybrid. Of the 12,000 miles we’ve put on it, 9,000 have been all electric. It’s amazingly efficient for our use case.
This is true for most people. Especially if you could drive to work, plug in, drive home, plug in, rinse, repeat.
There really is a logic to allowing a larger vehicle to get worse mpg... I mean, none of us would expect a 15 passenger Transit to get the same mpg as a Prius C.
But a better approach than CAFE would just be to tax the living daylight out of gas and use the revenue to fix roads and provide a refundable tax credit… Read more