In money terms, 3 gallons of gas will cost ~$4.50. 86kWh of juice will cost anywhere from ~$5.00 on up. I’ll be generous and call it a wash.
An open fridge will be a complete waste of energy, but an SUV will carry me & my family & other stuff a distance of more than half of the circumference of the world, or 2 1/2 round trips from NYC to LA.
Well, that’s kind of missing the point though. They’re implicitly saying nobody would do something so pointless as leave a refrigerator door open for six years, so why would you use that method to get your family 12,000 miles when a sedan will do the job?
bup is right, the point is that people recoil in horror if a refrigerator is left open for a couple minutes. Yet driving an SUV is like leaving six refrigerators open in your house - constantly. That’s 525,600 minutes of six open refrigerators!
To put it in context, I drive a car that always gets > twice the mileage of the SUV. So for me, it would be a choice of my car, or adding to it the cost of three open refrigerators, and driving an SUV.
Three open refrigerators! Shoot, I’ve considered replacing my 1 refrigerator with a smaller, more economical model.
I’m not a card-carrying SUV hater – just wanted to say that up front.
At least 4 out of 5 SUVs I see, maybe as many as 9 out of 10, have exactly 1 occupant: the driver. These cars are fashionable status symbols. Before anything else.
When there weren’t SUVs there were things called station wagons – stretched sedan cars that didn’t have 2 or 3 times as bad mileage as their shorter cousins. I travelled 1000s and 1000s of miles in station wagons, and found them no less convenient than SUVs.
If an SUV owner really wanted to protect his precious children (as opposed to impressing his neighbors), he/she’d buy an ugly, unclassy Volvo. Or even a stuffy, untrendy Mercedes. But that doesn’t let everyone the freeway know you’re a modern techno-American cowboy, does it?
I have an SUV. Nine times out of 10 you will see me in it alone. But if you look more closely you will see that there is a kayak carrier on top. The Cherokee has a long enough roof to provide support to a 12-1/2 foot kayak. You may also notice that I have a trailer hitch. Yup, it gets used. I’ve towed 5,000 pounds with my SUV, and I’d like to see someone try that with an Insight or a Civic. One thing you won’t notice is that my SUV does get taken offroad where 4WD is necessary. You won’t notice it because I wash the mud off within a couple of days of offroading.
And I get better than 13mpg. 20mpg is more like it, but I’ve averaged 22-23mph in L.A. traffic.
I was noticing that there are a number of cars that are longer than my Cherokee, BTW. There are even compact Japanese imports that are longer than my ride.
The problem with fighting ignorance is that people with an axe to grind often gloss over the fact that not every object of their derision fits neatly into their mould.