Reliability is the only real feature which makes sense. Fuel economy, no matter what the advertising says, is primarily a matter of driving style. If you choose to rabbit off the stop, and drive over 60 you will not get anywhere near maximum fuel efficiency. If you drive with reasonable restraint you will. In the matter of horsepower; back when roads were only one lane each way it was very useful to have a powerful pickup so that one could pass a slower driver quickly before an on-coming car would show up. Now, with two or more lane either way, this is no longer necessary, and in fact, is a total waste, as is having a high speed of 80 mph or better.
Yes, you havew been brainwashed by advertising. They do their very best to convince you that you need the latest and the greatest every year so as to keep their sales high, but any reasonable man knows that purchasing a new car at any less than ten year intervals is a waste of money. So, why allow yourself to be played in this manner?
Personally, I drive a 2001 Toyota Prius because it is less polluting than other vehicles, and I shall continue to do so until at least 2011.
Art Scholbe, Farmington, MO
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