Getting 35 MPG: Yes, You'd Pay Extra But Question The Price
Since writing my blog earlier todayabout whether or not you would be willing to pay extra ($1,500-$6,000) for a car that could guarantee returning an average of 35 mpg, I've been surprised both at the number of answers I've received, and what many of you are saying.
In general, you have told me, "Yes, I'd pay more, but would it really cost automakers that much more to guarantee I get 35 mpg."
James writes: "I’d pay $4000 more if I could be assured I’d get 35 mpg. However, if every car maker was required to only produce hybrid vehicles then the additional price per vehicle would not be nearly that much since hybrid component prices would drop due to mass production."
Jeffrey found my question (admittedly broad) to be confusing since I probably should have just asked if you'd pay more for a guaranteed percentage increase over your current car. Nonetheless he writes: "35 mpg on a Chevy Tahoe? Yeah, $4,000 would be fine, but not to increase my current Corolla (31 mpg) to 35 mpg."
Giuseppe (who drives a Highlander Hybrid that gets 25 mpg) says:
"If someone is willing to pay thousands of dollars for convenience and entertainment feature in the vehicle, they should be willing to pay more reduce our dependency on foreign oil."
Those are just a few of your comments. I'll have more later on, but it's clear from reading these, that whether or not people are willing to pay more, they DO want better fuel economy and more vehicles with the options that can deliver that mileage.
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