Let’s face it – the days of inexpensive gas are long gone. In fact, the chances of those days returning are slim to none. With the price of fuel rising daily and no end in sight for the slipping economy, people are starting to reconsider the vehicles that they find themselves driving on a daily basis. Some people are carpooling; others are taking advantage of public transportation. Still, others are reluctant to give up their freedom of driving in their own vehicles and being able to maintain their independence. I can’t say that I blame them. It used to be that the more money you spent when purchasing your car, the more money that you would be spending at the pumps as well. Luxury cars aren’t cheap to purchase and they certainly aren’t saving you any dollars at the gas pumps. However, luxury cars have come a long way. You don’t have to toss quite a bit as much money out the window at the gas pumps anymore. Sure, your luxury cars may consume more fuel than the economic car driving behind you, but, with some common sense, you may find yourself not having to spend as much of a fortune as you once were.
Most automobile companies have started to put a huge emphasis on making cars that are friendlier for the environment. They have started to produce quite a few more hybrid vehicles for the general public to purchase. However, those hybrids can almost be considered luxury vehicles. They may not look like luxury sports cars, but they may end up costing you almost as much to purchase. Some sticker prices will have the hybrids costing almost as much as that super sporty little convertible that you see zooming past you on the highways. Sure, the promises of how much you’ll be saving at the gas pumps are rather alluring. But, spending an extra five thousand dollars, or more, just to have the privilege of owning such a vehicle can be rather intimidating.
Those individuals who don’t want to give up their luxury cars but want to drive a vehicle that is gentler for the economy do have several options now. There are luxury cars that are being produced in the automobile industry that may put some money back into your wallet. Lexus has started to produce some luxury cars and SUV’s that are much more fuel efficient. Since you’re already assuming that you’ll be spending a small fortune to purchase a Lexus, the price tag of getting a more fuel efficient Lexus won’t shock you. Mercedes Benz has also decided to produce luxury cars with the same standards.
If you choose to drive luxury cars but think it is absolutely insane that you have to spend twice what others are spending at the gas pumps, there are options out there for you. Take some time to visit some local dealerships and see what is on the market. You just may be pleasantly surprised.