• May 12, 2010
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The average retail price of a vehicle in the U.S. keeps going up and up. But it's the cost of driving a car, not the cost of the car itself, that most people forget to factor in when considering which set of wheels to buy. Follow the jump for our latest infographic that explores that cost of driving a car.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      So, if there are 3 BMW's in high demand, why are they exempt from CAFE?

      Also, I doubt the Lambo is being used as a daily driver, thus the cost will either be half or a quarter of that.

      And the US consumes more fuel due to it having over one-third the amount of cars on the road.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Error!

      "Americans use 375 million gallons of gasoline per day. That's 136,875,000 gallons a year"

      375,000,000 x 365 != 136,875,000

      When you multiply something by a multiple, the numbers get bigger, not smaller. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      3 BMW SUVs and a Matrix? Seriously?

      Also, gas in Hong Kong is MORE expensive than the UK at just over $1.93 per liter.
      David
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oil would be at $1.50-+ per gallon (even imported) if the GREAT THIEF and CROOK Cheny, Halliburton, Bush and their capitalist crooney crooks weren't in bed with the Mideast oil shieks..who, by the way, have put their (and OUR--stolen from us) money
      in the United Arab Emirates- Dubai. Go look at Dubai on internet search. It is outrageous in the glut of wealth that has been stolen from us with Cheney and his "hidden" companies and Bush and the Rove gang that RIPPED OFF the US when they planned this whole economic landslide..where has the money gone?? In their back pockets. WHO HAS TO CLEAN UP THE MESS? Obama ! Our present president is doing all humanly possible to help the USA get back on our feet. but the stupid REDNECK, gun-totin', Nascar, backwards repubs..and the rich repubs that have been so used to stealing from the poor for decades-- are doing all they can to stop any progress. They Are NOT winning though. Thank God. God is on the side of the righteous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This article is just another useless piece of crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If gasoline costs 1.95USD in Uruguay, then it's wrong that it is the most expensive country to refuel in. Gasoline costs 2.11USD in Norway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great stuff!

      As a Canadian, it would be great if could think of us when creating reports like this one or By the Numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm just impressed they didn't limit it to California.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys are giving way too much credit to the average American consumer. We could turn the gulf of Mexico into a tar pit and Americans would still clamor on for Drill baby, drill!

      The perception problem is because having a hybrid or a plug in car instantly turns any man into some tree hugging poo-c...maybe if I put truck nuts on my Prius...I could be as cool as the good ol' boys!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well maybe if you didn't sit there all high an mighty with your nose in the air driving your prius maybe you would realize that your car isn't doing the environment or your fellow man any favors. Instead of wasting precious resources (and precious tax money if you bought it and got tax incentives for it) you could have thought for yourself and done something that really matters instead of just something that just allows you to feel smug about yourself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Next Nissan GT-R will be a hybrid, so that image will disappear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current generation of hybrid cars are just not fun to drive, if I am going to spend 20k+ on a car it'd better be fun to drive
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe that's because the environmental cost of manufacturing a new vehicle is grossly higher - especially the battery tech as seen in the Prius, yikes - than keeping older cars on the road and modifying them to run cleaner, better. To be honest, I don't like seeing a Prius on the road with me. I generally get cut off by Prius' more than any other car, and I notice Prius' being driven 5-10MPH below posted limits the most often.

        Actually, that may because I just notice the odd shape more than other cars, but it does seem to be the car that is most frequently being driven poorly. Or possibly with someone who feels entitled or qualified to educate the world on how to drive, and what car everyone should be driving, and how everyone should be eating, and so on.

        It's not the car I have a problem with, it's most of the people I've encountered driving them.

        Oh, and I don't automatically assume that if you drive a Prius you're a tree-hugging hippie. I do assume you can't drive, though. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      thumbs up to whoever thought putting a tuned turbo matrix picture on there made any sense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        they should have included annual energy cost for a tesla roadster too
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except here are some problems comparing a Murcielago to a Prius:

        1 - I don't know a single Murcielago owner who uses their car as a daily driver. In actuality, most probably pay LESS per year in fuel than the Prius driver, simply because it's a weekender car for them

        2 - Murcielago drivers don't do much city driving in that car. Horribly impractical, easily damaged by bumper-car-playing city drivers. Not that its highway mileage is good, either, I grant you!

        3 - A typical Murcielago driver couldn't care less what the cost of fuel is for their car. It's not about getting from A to B, or fuel efficiency - the two primary focus points of someone who buys the Prius.
        • 4 Years Ago
        IDK about you but that Matrix looks good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The actual cost difference between the Murc and the Prius is a lot more than the $s to fuel.

        I don't know about you, but my manhood is priceless.



        • 4 Years Ago
        Tricky, your comment made me laugh so much that I can see my abs again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        fix: your comment made me laugh so hard my abs got a workout. still can't see 'em
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, also two huge thumbs down to whoever thought it made sense to compare annual fuel cost of a Prius vs a Murcielago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they need to find another source for "in demand" car info. The matrix? Believe me no one is demanding that. Accepting it maybe, but demanding it? I think not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1. Preices? Spellcheck this thing, to whoever created this image. Then double check it before you put it out there.

        2. 220 million vehicles on the road... with 67 million PRODUCED each year. That is a HUGE rate of OVERPRODUCTION.

        Getting a new car is not green. Keeping an older car well maintained and driving it for as long as possible is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Trick @V6
        HAH HAHAHAHAHAHA
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its interesting how cars are one of the few consumer products that practically everyone has, yet very few can afford to purchase brand new.
      marya7
      • 4 Years Ago
      What I was hoping for was actual numbers on gas prices in other states, not just top 2 and bottom 3. And when they figured out the anual fuel costs to run those cars, how was the cost per gallon figured, using the average cost, the median cost?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be nice to see alongside the costs of the different fuels, the energy density as well. I know the $1.86 for CNG is not equal to the $2.64 for Gasoline... so it's kind of misleading.
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