OK, guys. I think I asked this question once before a year or two ago, but it’s that time again. And now more than ever, with gas prices the way they are, the question is so relevant!!!
With airline prices the way they are, there is no question in my mind that driving is the cheapest way to go. The cheapest airfare I found for the 4 of us to go Thanksgiving week is $1300!
So now that we’ve decided to drive again (3rd time…won’t be the last ), the question now becomes WHICH CAR DO WE TAKE??? We are driving almost 1100 miles each way.
We have a 2004 Honda Pilot and a 2007 Toyota Yaris. The Pilot only gets about 18 mpg all around, 22-24 highway. The Toyota Yaris on the other hand gets about 33-35 all around, 40mpg highway. DH is dead set on taking the Toyota Yaris. We have become budget busters and are trying to make this vacation reasonably affordable.
The Honda Pilot is EXTREMELY roomy, has the built in DVD player and will fit all of our stuff without question. We can fit a cooler in the back seat to stock with drinks and snacks for the road.
The Toyota Yaris is very SMALL…it’s a compact car. We’d have to bring a portable DVD player that the kids would fight over, we’d be a bit uncomfortable (DH especially, since he’s 6 feet…but he’s not the one complaining ) and we couldn’t fit a large cooler for our road trip drinks and snacks. It would have to be a small one.
I am estimating gas to be about $4.50. Being conservative, it will cost us approximately $700 round trip in gas taking the Honda Pilot. Keep in mind that includes all tolls, gas while in Florida and coming home with a full tank. If we take the Yaris, it will cost us approximately $350 in gas. So we’ll save about $350 by taking the Toyota Yaris.
So…which car would YOU take? Does the budget conscious in you go for the Yaris? Or is the comfort and convenience worth $350?
HELP! I need your HONEST opinions here.