Saturday, October 5, 2013

2001 New Beetle with Diesel engine: 43 mpg

Yep!  That's what I clocked on the open highway.  I had to make a business trip from Houston to Lake Charles.  I filled up outside Beltway 8 and the next day filled up again near my home.  About 286 miles round trip and about 6.5 gallons of diesel.

So, this started me to thinking:  What if I bought a Prius?  How much would it cost me?  This was a little difficult.  In fact, the numbers probably still aren't apples-to-apples.  I decided to do a comparison of a new lowest priced VW Beetle TDI to a new lowest priced Toyota Prius.

Cars.com is a pretty good one-stop-shop.  They also have a built in calculator to figure out your monthly payments.  Based on the MPG numbers listed on their website, here are the results for monthly expenses:


Toyota Prius VW Beetle
729.24 per month pmts 579.21 per month pmts
48 mpg 41 mpg
50 per day driven 50 per day driven
20 days per month 20 days per month
1000 miles/month 1000 miles/month
21 gallons/month 24 gallons/month
3 $/gal for regular 4 $/gal for diesel
63 $/month 98 $/month
792 $/month 677 $/month


The VW Beetle monthly costs are 85% of the Toyota Prius.

Now, this was a comparison of HIGHWAY MILES driven.

For miles driven in the city, the numbers are a lot closer, but still favor the VW Beetle:


Toyota Prius VW Beetle
729.24 per month pmts 579.21 per month pmts
51 mpg 32 mpg
50 per day driven 50 per day driven
20 days per month 20 days per month
1000 miles/month 1000 miles/month
20 gallons/month 31 gallons/month
3 $/gal for regular 4 $/gal for diesel
59 $/month 125 $/month
788 $/month 704 $/month
Here's the link for the VW Beetle TDI

Here's the link for the Toyota Prius

The financing was based on no money down, 36 months and 2.73% interest rate.

In case the links don't work anymore:



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