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The Joy Of Daily Driving A Gas-Sipper

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One of the great things about living in a free country is having the luxury of a choice of products and services.

We may not always agree with someone's choice of car, but at the end of the day it's easy to appreciate their freedom to choose it.

So when our friends at Jalopnik write about the joy of daily driving a big, gas-guzzling truck, we'd rather offer an alternative viewpoint than scorning them for their choice. What about the joy of daily driving a clean, green, gas-sipper?

As many of our readers know, there's a lot of joy to be had from driving a hybrid, diesel, range-extended vehicle or even an electric car--even if it's not about carving corners or showing off to friends.

Aaaaaaand relax

Firstly, there's the relaxation. Sometimes it's psychological, as people who drive fuel-sippers are more likely to try and get the most from them by setting off earlier, traveling a little slower and driving less aggressively. The low heart rate at the end of every journey will tell its own story.

Sometimes, it's just how the car is--anyone who has ever driven a Prius, Volt or similar, will know how easy they are to drive, how smooth the power delivery is and how great it is sitting in silence in traffic, while everyone around you is sitting there wasting gas.

And that's another reason gas-sippers are relaxing--knowing that even in the worst traffic jams or the longest, most tiring journeys, less of your hard-earned cash is being burned away in the engine bay.

Get-up-and-go

Then, whether you're driving a regular hybrid, plug-in, electric vehicle or diesel, there's the torque. It's one thing that links many gas-sippers, albeit in different ways. If you drive anything with an electric motor feeding the wheels, you'll be acutely aware of the get-up-and-go they have from every green light, thanks to the way electric motors deliver power.

And in a diesel, or the latest generation of turbocharged gasoline engines, there's always a big hit of torque waiting in each gear to catapult you at the horizon. It's not just trucks and muscle cars that get to enjoy some spirited acceleration!

Latest gadget

For some, it's the technology that appeals. Driving around in a Leaf or Volt is like driving around in the latest gadget. If you're the sort of person who queues for the new iPhone, tablet PC or HD, 3D, 5.1 surround-sound internet-ready waffle iron, then there's a lot of joy to be had driving around in a high-tech car.

So that's why we think there's joy to be had daily driving a gas-sipper.

But we're aware our readers own a wide variety of electric vehicles and cars with great gas mileage--so what joy do you get from driving around in your car of choice? Share your experiences in the comments section below!

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Comments (7)
  1. From Jalopniks' tongue in cheek article.
    "What's happening here is something deeply psychological. A fear that, at any moment, someone's fixing to come up to you with piles of wood that need to be hauled off and you'll be sitting there, looking at your Camry, unable to help."
     
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  2. The wife and I own a full size pickup and drive it when needed. Last year we put less than 2000 miles on it, at about 17 mpg avg. My daily driver is a 5 speed Kia Rio that I drive slow and easy and my avg economy over the life of the car is better than 40 mpg. THAT puts a smile on my face every time I think about my fuel bill. Heck, guys with big displacement motorcycles get worse mileage than I do. If people with gas guzzlers want to spend their money that way, so be it. Just don't expect me to join in, I have better uses for my hard earned money.
     
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  3. I rented a Kia Rio once and loved it around town (less so on the highway with cross-winds.)
     
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  4. I second Mark. I have a Tacoma, which is usually full of Sta-Bil and cobwebs, with a CR-Z as a daily errand runner averaging over 47 MPG since I bought it. I have a hard time understanding people who buy a vehicle for the 1% of the time they need a certain capability. and not the 99% of the time they perform normal driving duty.
     
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  5. Yep, neighbor has a Suburban and a Prius. The Suburban comes out for the occasional weekend outing.
     
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  6. I love to get around on my electric recumbent bike. Six cents worth of electricity gets me 20 miles. The 2 most efficient means of transportation are electric bikes and trains. Too bad people woun't or can't use them more often!!
     
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  7. "...so what joy do you get from driving around in your car of choice?"

    Knowing I built it. :P

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