Saturday, October 11, 2008

Where Have All The SUV's Gone?

Coming back from the grocery store this morning, I made an observation about my north side Chicago block: most of the SUV's have disappeared.

If you had taken this same picture a few years ago, when gasoline was below $2 a gallon, nearly half the cars on the block were SUV's and trucks, including my Blazer. With gasoline above $4 a gallon most of the summer, I, and many of my neighbors got rid of the gas-guzzlers and got Toyotas, Hondas and other gas-sippers. The Prius in the foreground is one of at least three on the block. Tres Cool!

8 comments:

Mnmom said...

Seeing the same thing here - car lots FULL of used SUVs they can't unload. That's a good thing. I've always drive my old van that gets 22mpg. Not bad for a van.

Mathman6293 said...

I have seen many pick-ups and big vehicles for sale in drive ways but there still are many gas guzzlers driving around here. Which is why, I think, we ran out of gas a couple weeks ago.

Distributorcap said...

the fewer the better ------

Erik Donald France said...

Might they be at the bottom of the lake, sleeping with the fishes?

I still see an occasional joker in a Hummer lumbering around Detroit, and still I pity the poor fool.

Cheer34 said...

not in my small town....it's sad,,,,all the gas guzzlers are alive and well here.....I have seen a few motor scooters....I really want one to do daily errands with but G man is not yet convinced the purchase cost will out way the benefits....he kinda has a return on investment attitude.....I have been aware that my kids are not traveling to see friends at colleges as much....the gas prices have put a crimp in their wallets.....they seem to be carpooling too....

Cheer34 said...

mmmmm....I mean't benefits will aout way the purchase cost

Anonymous said...

Do you want to know something about your bro-in-law, who you don't know much bout anyway B-Dog?
S'like this.....Jim Carey almost made me famous when he did Ace Ventura, ya know the part where he spreads his whole hand/fingers into the letter "L", holds it up to his forehead and throws out a long loud Lllaaaahhoooosssseerrrrr!
That's me sometimes, Yep, The last guy on the block to get rid of his 8 track and get a casette deck,and of course the very last to get a VCR player, and what you say, get a cam corder? Well, when they finally came out with cams small enough to fit in your shirt pocket I got my first one, the ones you prop on your shoulder to support their weight! So don't even metion a computer Dude. And Now, SUV'S!!
I finally mustered up the balls to get the big guy a big ride last year so I haul around in this massive '07 Jeep 4x4 Commander that gets like 13.7 mpg. Well at least I have a vehicle I fit in, and guess what, the Boss buys most of my FU-EL!!
Good Blogging Yenneroo!

Gordy'Cuse

GETkristiLOVE said...

I keep thinking the same will happen here in Boulder but since people actually USE their SUVs here, the switch hasn't taken place. Most people I know keep their SUV and buy something else more economical if they need to commute... unlike yours truly that drives maybe five miles a day average. So I'm keeping my big honkin' Touareg!