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Just Joe

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Re: SUVs are 40% of total U.S. new vehicle market
« Reply #100 on: October 15, 2017, 01:31:02 PM »
Some of the crossovers now get very car like MPG now - 30 mpg on the highway. I'm not sure that driving a tiny car is the huge MPG advantage it used to be.

Also for those who don't want to own a pickup truck and prefer a little car - may I suggest a folding trailer? Some of the tool stores sell folding examples for $250 and up. Used examples on Craigslist can be had for less but you might discover those need new tires, bearings, or are DIY specials and have scary construction.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/category_trailers-towing+trailers

And Europe has long had a plethora of trailers to choose from:

https://www.google.com/search?q=westfalia+trailers

https://www.google.com/search?q=brenderup+trailers

Keep your trailer out of the weather and it'll last a lifetime.

I really like the European luggage trailers. Lightweight, watertight and lockable. Tow it with any car and keep the car interior free for passenger comfort.

Also your luggage isn't tumbling around the interior of the car in case of a bad accident. People have been killed by their unrestrained luggage in SUVs, wagons and hatchbacks.   

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Re: SUVs are 40% of total U.S. new vehicle market
« Reply #101 on: October 15, 2017, 02:09:31 PM »
Some of the crossovers now get very car like MPG now - 30 mpg on the highway. I'm not sure that driving a tiny car is the huge MPG advantage it used to be.

Also for those who don't want to own a pickup truck and prefer a little car - may I suggest a folding trailer? Some of the tool stores sell folding examples for $250 and up. Used examples on Craigslist can be had for less but you might discover those need new tires, bearings, or are DIY specials and have scary construction.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/category_trailers-towing+trailers

And Europe has long had a plethora of trailers to choose from:

https://www.google.com/search?q=westfalia+trailers

https://www.google.com/search?q=brenderup+trailers

Keep your trailer out of the weather and it'll last a lifetime.

I really like the European luggage trailers. Lightweight, watertight and lockable. Tow it with any car and keep the car interior free for passenger comfort.

Also your luggage isn't tumbling around the interior of the car in case of a bad accident. People have been killed by their unrestrained luggage in SUVs, wagons and hatchbacks.
tiny cars are in the 60mpg range, that's 2x as good.

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Re: SUVs are 40% of total U.S. new vehicle market
« Reply #102 on: October 16, 2017, 01:02:08 AM »
Some of the crossovers now get very car like MPG now - 30 mpg on the highway. I'm not sure that driving a tiny car is the huge MPG advantage it used to be.

Also for those who don't want to own a pickup truck and prefer a little car - may I suggest a folding trailer? Some of the tool stores sell folding examples for $250 and up. Used examples on Craigslist can be had for less but you might discover those need new tires, bearings, or are DIY specials and have scary construction.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/category_trailers-towing+trailers

And Europe has long had a plethora of trailers to choose from:

https://www.google.com/search?q=westfalia+trailers

https://www.google.com/search?q=brenderup+trailers

Keep your trailer out of the weather and it'll last a lifetime.

I really like the European luggage trailers. Lightweight, watertight and lockable. Tow it with any car and keep the car interior free for passenger comfort.

Also your luggage isn't tumbling around the interior of the car in case of a bad accident. People have been killed by their unrestrained luggage in SUVs, wagons and hatchbacks.
tiny cars are in the 60mpg range, that's 2x as good.
Also, especially if you drive not much, the production of the car takes up up to 2/3 of the ressources.

Just Joe

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Re: SUVs are 40% of total U.S. new vehicle market
« Reply #103 on: October 16, 2017, 12:05:03 PM »
I've owned alot of little cars over the years. I'm not driving a Fiat 500 on the interstate loaded with my family.

Around town where the speeds are lower I have no problems with any tiny car.

Safety is an important factor too.

One accident with a fuel sipper car where my family gets hurt can wipe out years of saving gasoline in a flash.

I recently rented a Nissan Altima. 42 mpg with the 2.5L four and CVT transmission at 72-73 mph for a work trip. That's about as small as I'd go for frequent interstate driving with my family on board.

Around town I'd be happy with a 500/Versa/Fiesta or anything else.

I brought home 2000+ lbs of stone over the weekend in our little trailer. Took two trips. Did not require any extra-large pickup trucks.

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Re: SUVs are 40% of total U.S. new vehicle market
« Reply #104 on: October 16, 2017, 01:14:31 PM »
Went on a business trip last week. I asked for a compact car and they gave me a KIA Soul.  I just don't get it.  It was such an oddly-shaped vehicle I don't know who that design is intended for.  The "trunk" for lack of a better term was just barely big enough for my single bag.

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Re: SUVs are 40% of total U.S. new vehicle market
« Reply #105 on: October 16, 2017, 02:44:10 PM »
Went on a business trip last week. I asked for a compact car and they gave me a KIA Soul.  I just don't get it.  It was such an oddly-shaped vehicle I don't know who that design is intended for. 

They're designed for hamsters.


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Re: SUVs are 40% of total U.S. new vehicle market
« Reply #106 on: October 16, 2017, 06:00:03 PM »
Went on a business trip last week. I asked for a compact car and they gave me a KIA Soul.  I just don't get it.  It was such an oddly-shaped vehicle I don't know who that design is intended for. 

They're designed for hamsters.



I refuse to believe a species known for expertly packing shit away would endorse that contraption.

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Re: SUVs are 40% of total U.S. new vehicle market
« Reply #107 on: November 08, 2017, 01:06:01 PM »
I'm surprised that this hasn't been posted to this thread yet:

https://youtu.be/PI_Jl5WFQkA