Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
Im a sales rep handling
six states in the Midwest. I drive about 36,000
miles a year. Im concerned about the amount
of garbage cars spew. Im thinking about
finding a cleaner car, but the Toyota Prius and
Honda Insight are not options. How can I find not
only the most fuel efficient vehicles, but the
ones that also spew the least amount of
pollution? - Christian
TOM: Well, generally speaking,
theyre one and the same, Christian. The
less gasoline a vehicle uses, the less pollution
RAY: Right. There might be some
small differences between cars that get the same
mileage, because of specific engine technologies
and different pollution-control systems. But
broadly speaking, the better your mileage, the
less youre polluting.
TOM: You say that the Prius and
Insight are not options for you, but you
dont say why. Im guessing that
youre either a big fella, or that when
traveling 36,000 miles a year, you want something
a little bigger and more comfortable in order to
cut down on your chiropractic bills.
RAY: If thats the case,
take a look at the Toyota Camry Hybrid or the new
Nissan Altima Hybrid, both of which are pretty
spacious cars that get about 40 mpg. Honda also
makes the Accord Hybrid, but we dont
recommend it because its mileage is mediocre.
TOM: If youre skipping
the Prius and Insight because youd rather
buy American, unfortunately there are no large
American-company hybrids on the market at the
moment. But just make high mileage your top
priority when youre shopping, Christian,
and youll be saving money and helping to
save the planet. What a deal, huh?
By Greg Zyla
Sponsored by Curry Automotive
Winner or Whiner?
Q: How do you
think Danica Patrick is doing these days? She
still hasnt won a race, and Im
wondering if she ever will. The television shows
and some of the drivers are portraying her as a
spoiled brat, especially after her run-in with
Dan Wheldon at the Milwaukee race. Do you feel
Andretti-Green made the right choice in putting
her behind the wheel? -- Karen L., Indiana
A: Karen, at this
point in time, I believe Danica Patrick is poised
to win her first race. Her performances at Indy
and Texas this year were both strong and
credible, regardless of any gender talk. Im
talking strictly ability behind the wheel.
As for her
confrontation with Dan Wheldon, I cant
really admonish her for confronting Wheldon for
what she felt was his "cutting down" on
her in the corner at the Milwaukee Mile. Both
Patrick and Wheldon have addressed the situation,
and Danica supposedly apologized for grabbing
Dans arm after the race.
give Danica Patrick credit for her desire to win.
She now carries the credentials to score that
first win, as I believe her performance at Texas,
where she finished third and ran wheel-to-wheel
at 215 mph with the "boys," is just the
tip of the iceberg in her win curve.
Finally, I feel
Andretti-Green Racing made a great choice in
adding her to the roster of drivers because she
is for real, and as I mentioned after her great
run at Indy a few years back, it will take time
for her to win.