During my most recent vacation to Disney World, my sister and I drove down to Orlando. We drove my vehicle (Nissan Murano) which gets 21.5 miles per gallon. Along the drive, I asked her how many miles per gallon her car gets (Toyota Camry) and she said 34 miles per gallon. All I could think was why in the world we were journeying 600 miles each way to our favorite destination in my vehicle instead of hers!Along the ride, I began to think about how car selection is important when purchasing a vehicle. My Murano now nearly has 150,000 miles on it. So, I decided I would take a look at the cost of gas for my vehicle versus her vehicle assuming we both drove them for 150,000 miles. I also assumed the cost of gas per today’s average of $3.79 per gallon.
Here is the review:
Murano 150,000/21.5 miles per gallon = 6,977 gallons needed in the 150k lifetime X $3.79/gal = $26,442.83
Camry 150,000/34 miles per gallon = 4,412 gallons needed in the 150k lifetime X $3.79/gal = $16,721.48
The difference is an extra 2,565 gallons needed to run the Murano over the Camry during the 150,000 miles. Multiply the 2,565 gallons times the rate of $3.79 to get the cost of $9,721. In other words, it will cost me an extra $9,721 to drive my Murano over the cost of my sister’s Camry for the 150,000 miles. That is a huge difference!
So, when you look to purchase a vehicle, be sure to review the miles per gallon. If you get down to two different cars you are comparing, be sure to use a similar comparison of costs to see which one is the better deal for you and your family! The gas savings could help you in paying for your vacation to Disney!