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  •  Congrats (6+ / 0-)

    I bought a Fit this year after my PT Cruiser was mangled just enough in a pile-up to be totaled.  Unfortunately I need a car big enough to put a very large stringed instrument in, as well as make a 70 mile round trip commute every day.  Feeling pretty good getting nearly 40 mpg on my regular commute (compared to about 23 mpg before) .

    Also, I have a very old house with a detached garage that has electrical service good enough to start a snow thrower, but I would not trust it enough to plug a car into.

    The cost of buying a new hybrid or EV with the associated upgrades to the house did not make sense at this time.

    And we looked at used cars, but could not find anything that worked for us.

    I am hoping one of these days, the US automakers will look at making useful small-midsize hatchbacks again because they are so useful.  

    Some day, when EV prices and styles fit our budget, that is a goal.  Congrats for being able to find a car that works for you.

    Most of us do not need minivans or SUV's, but vehicles that can actually fit a lawnmower or a large box are very useful.

    •  Ford Escape Hybrid (5+ / 0-)
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      Mlle L, ozsea1, cocinero, KenBee, ColoTim

      It's big enough for a bass viol if you flip the back seats down.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Sat Oct 22, 2011 at 09:05:13 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe next time (1+ / 0-)
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        however, the Escape still fits the SUV category which I have a visceral dislike for as I will never go 'off road' of my own volition and think it is silly for most people to own a car that size for the optics rather than the practicality.

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