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I've been coming to similar conclusions, Matt.  I suspect my next car
will not have an AWD requirement.



Benjamin D. Bloom
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On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 7:37 AM, Matthew Kulas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Well, as a current driver of an Outback and a former driver of a Civic
> and Camry, I'm jealous of Jim.  You reap the benefits of a
> high-mileage on a daily basis.  Aside from four-wheeling, rarely in
> the East--it's only occurred to me once--will a 2WD vehicle with
> halfway-decent* tires fail to deliver to your ski destination safely.
> Heck, with the savings from a fuel-efficient 2WD vehicle, you could
> rent a 4WD vehicle on the day that you truly need one and still come
> out way ahead.
>
> *In my case, $30 used snows, with rims & matching
> hubcaps--score!--from Rathe's Salvage.
>
> --Matt K.
>
> On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 3:53 PM, Benjamin Bloom <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM, Jim Crowley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> My Matrix gets 34-36 mpg on the highway. Much worse around town,
>>
>> I was about to get really jealous until I read
>>
>>> It's not AWD. I think AWD's get upper 20's mpg on the highway.
>>
>> which is about what I get in my similarly sized Impreza;  ~25city / 28-30hwy
>
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