Did I actually fail myself? We went out last night with the intention of getting rid of by old car. It barely made it to the dealership without stalling on me again. I even had to stop on the side of the road and turn it off to let it rest. But I finally made it. It was a long night of no-haggle and haggle. We left the first dealership and made one last stop. We found the same exact car at both dealerships. However, I must confess they weren’t hybrids. I was still looking at the Honda Accords but I found that the 2005 models were MUCH less in price than the 2007 hybrid that I was looking at. I honestly couldn’t see myself spending close to $10K MORE just to have my hybrid. Of course…that was what I thought last night when I ASSUMED that this new car was better for the environment than my old car. This morning I visited www.fueleconomy.gov and entered all of the information in on my old car, my new car, and the hybrid I was looking at. I was SHOCKED by what I saw.
The website breaks it down into different categories; EPAs estimated MPG, actual recorded MPG, carbon footprint, air pollution, barrels of gasoline consumed annually, and more. I was shocked that my carbon footprint was actually HIGHER with the new car. However my MPGs are slightly better (not much) and my air pollution rating was greatly increased. So it’s not a total loss…but it defeat my main goal of reducing my carbon footprint. My old car (2003 Dodge Stratus) had a carbon footprint of a 5.8 after I adjusted the miles driven each year and the city/highway miles since I am primarily a city driver with low miles annually. The new car (2005 Honda Accord) received a carbon footprint rating of 6.1 after the same adjustments were made. How can that be? I know exactly how that can be…I was greedy and had to have the V6! My old car was just a 4-cylinder.
I did feel a little better when I calculated my husbands 2007 Honda Ridgeline 4WD with a carbon footprint of 8.1. However, he does drive his old 2000 Honda Civic around much of the time which scored a 4.5. I’m glad he hung on to that old thing for so long.
What would my carbon footprint have been if I had gotten the hybrid I was wanting? 4.7. Is that worth $10K? That is the primary question I have to ask myself. All I can say is I’m a little sad this morning because of my decision. (From the greedy American…it’s beautiful inside and fully loaded!)