I wonder what DCNB would think of this option? It isn't a "big wasteful SUV". It's only a small wasteful SUV:
I suppose the same could be said about hybrids. You can get pretty similar mileage from a basic 4 cyl car; but that doesn't say: "Oooh! I'm environmentally aware! And my coffee was purchased from some "fair trade" pact....or at least that's what is says on the label." Anways, even at current gas prices, it takes years to recoup the extra cost of a hybrid over a comparable gasoline economy car....but the demand presses on.
I NEVER liked the term "SUV" It's always been a truck to me, be it a blazer, bronco jimmy, 4runner, cherekee, whatever. It's still a truck. A jeep is a vehicle that has a frame and wheelbase similar to what the military used/ called jeeps in the 50s-80s be it AMC, willeys, whaetever.
Its alright, I know I am sticking my neck out there, but I dont mind the shots, I have nothing to hide, it is what it is. As far as those who condemn my lifestyle or choices, you ain't seen nothing, I am a relative saint, and I genuinely feel that I am a good person and I am happy with that and the way I live my life.
So once I get my big truck if any of you are in town and going my way, I'll be glad to give you a seat.....at least I know I will finally have the room to offer.
Oh no, I've got the answer to that. I live less than a mile from Carmelo Anthony ... I occasionally see his fiance LaLa Vazquez tooling about in her pimped-out Range Rover, which is painted in about 200 coats of sparkly fuschia. No, maybe it's closer to magenta.
Either way, she kinda stands out around here.
And for those that got on their enviro-hobby horse (me included
here is a carbon foot print caluclator:
Interesting that even with 2 flights per annum back to the UK to see family I have a lower carbon foot print than the 'average' american (what ever that is?).
Good on RR for sticking to his guns and being such a nice 'cool sunglasses & 'nice' hair' style, hand bag dog loving, daiper changing kind of guy.
My ECP is 345, carbon is 14.5.....looks like I'm not as bad the guy as some of you might think.
Thanks for the suggestion Matt, I actually like Saabs. Before picking up the Hummer we actually test drove a turbo convertable model...fun car. The number one thing that turned us off was the way the dealership was handled and lack of information and attentiveness the sales person had so we left there went to Hummer and picked up the vehicle we now have that same day. After driving the "burly" Hummer my gal doesnt want anything that any looks less edgy/truck-y.
Richie, reading the post above that you wrote it has just donned on me that maybe you can pitch a jeep to the lil' lady after all... If she likes something edgy and burly, you can certainly say a new Jeep Rubicon 4-door could fit the bill. Lots more space than one might think, and vastly improved, "big suv" road/highway manners in the new extended chassis. Towing is a viable option now, making a small trailer a piece of cake. The Rubicon pedigree need not even be brought up, its so widely known. The real reason I recommend this is that the new jeep would allow you to get rid of the old ones I know you have kickin' around to free up some garage space, thus feeding your obvious(ly awesome) need for a real offroad machine AND satisfying wifey's need for something bigger and rugged yet comfy and fun. V6 power means small punch at the gas tank, and less pollution. Summer convertible & winter hardtop. Big rimmed mud tires. Brush guards. Winches. Storage racks. You could be buying toys YOU want to put on it and because it's her primary driver, BADA BING! You're a hero. The kingdom rejoices.
Hell, buy a turnkey package even...
just to keep the gears turnin', of course.
You could go green with whatever big monster you purchase by converting it to run on CNG (compressed natural gas). This is huge in England where there's a big difference in cost between petrol and natural gas so it ends up cheaper to use the gaseous stuff. They also have govt. incentives for the conversion and lots of filling stations.
Most conversions keep a small petrol tank so you can run it normally if you can't get access to the natural gas. Biggest drawback is the cost and space for the tanks to hold the cng although for the monster there might be room underneath so you don't have to give up trunk space.
Natural gas has less power in a normal engine but has higher octane so it can be run at higher compression ratios. If you've got any buddys with race cars that have like 12+:1 compression ratios and need racing fuel to run them they could probably use cng to drive them on the street.
medmarco might know about this stuff
There may be tax incentives - there are for fleets but for individuals you have to check.
Federal start place:
Although gasoline engines have improved since this study, here's a brief view of CNG benefits:
Reduce carbon monoxide emissions 90%-97%
Reduce carbon dioxide emissions 25%
Reduce nitrogen oxide emissions 35%-60%
Potentially reduce non-methane hydrocarbon emissions 50%-75%
Emit fewer toxic and carcinogenic pollutants
Emit little or no particulate matter
Eliminate evaporative emissions
...The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called the natural gas Honda Civic GX the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle on Earth...
The GX uses cng only. Its motor is 12.5:1 compression ratio compared to 10.5:1 of the regular Civic. (Which is impressive tech since it runs on regular gasoline)
There's also a surprising number of stations that sell the fuel. If you eliminate the private ones there's about 20 stations in NYC metro area .
You'd certainly be on the cutting edge here but it wouldn't be easy.