If you are going on a long trip across a couple states for a week do you drive your own car or do you rent one? Many people rent because they don’t like adding extra mileage on their cars. Normally renting a car is a bit more expensive than driving your own but what about renting a hybrid? Can the gas savings potentially offset the rental car costs? As we found out during our recent trip to Nevada and Arizona, the answer is absolutely YES!
First, we weren’t sure what to do. Alamo at San Jose Airport presented two options: to rent an economic mid-size car for a total of $180 per week or go for a hybrid for $220. Considering the fact that we are thinking of buying a hybrid in the future, and the fact that our trip would leave a smaller pollution trail, we decided to have some fun and go for a hybrid – the brand spanking new Toyota Prius.
Man it was exciting to get into one of those. Besides the fact that it took five minutes to figure out how to start the darn thing, the ride, the comfort, the dynamics is all really a joy in that car. Cruising at low speeds in national parks and knowing that there is absolutely no emissions coming out of the pipe was nothing short of orgasmic.
It was a great trip but what about the bottom line on the numbers? (more…)