With the prospect of an hour or more each way commuting time, I'm thinking that it might be time to retire the Earthf**ker. There's still life in the ol' girl, don't get me wrong, but a couple years of stop-and-go traffic - especially at 13 MPG or so - and replacing 20" tires and brakes and... Well, it'll get expensive.
So, yes, it's come to this. I'm actually thinking about a hybrid to replace the Earthf**ker. No, not a Prius, I'm not going that route. However, I found something almost as good:
Honda Accord Hybrid
50 MPG around town is pretty darn impressive, especially for a mid-sized sedan. 45 MPG on the highway is better than the Nissan Versa I was considering, especially since the Accord has room for the whole family when we're heading back north for family engagements.
And it's not a bad looking car, either:
We had an Accord a few years ago, a 2000 that we drove for a decade and put well over 120K on the clock. We replaced nothing but brakes, tires, and the exhaust in that time - absolutely nothing but wear-and-tear items. Very impressed with Honda quality. In fact, when we traded it in (on another Honda), I joked with the dealership that they ripped us off. They sold us an extended warranty that we never used! (That they were selling the 6 year, 100K mile, $0 deductible bumper-to-bumper warranty for $399 ought to tell you something right there...)
We'll see in the spring. Until we divest of the camper (no place to store a camper here, and if we really want to go camping that badly we can rent), I'm going to hold onto the Dodge and then see what's out there. The Accord Hybrid hits a lot of high points - roomy for being stuck in traffic, reliable, great gas mileage, Honda pedigree. 45 MPG making the NoVA - MA run will help with the cost of returning home to see family, too.
Plus, I want to see heads exploding with the incongruity of a hybrid with Gadsden license plates and NRA decals...
That is all...