Bring Back the Geo Metro. I'm still getting 45 miles to the gallon on the highway. Sure, its really not the Most comfortable car. The owner's manual says load capacity is 600 pounds. That's a three people and gear on a good day.
It has a trunk, but no rear defroster.
It has a tape player, and awesome speakers. For those of you too young to remember, the tape came after the vinyl disk but before the CD. Thats light years before the mp3 and the IPOD.
The tires are small and inexpensive. The battery will last over 7 years. The oil filter looks like it belongs on a lawn tractor.
It is a stick shift. I've finally changed the spark plugs on this 1996 gem of mine. With 114,000 plus miles on it, I figure to keep it many more years.
If we all had good mileage cars, could we finally quit drilling for oil?
If we could learn to combine trips, car pool, or walk a little bit more, could we quit buying oil from the middle east?
Maybe we just need to quit buying all that plastic crap made with petroleum?
I think when we finally get a handle on alternative sources of energy, and we cut back on our endless consumption, oil will be the vinyl disk of the Energy Industry.
Grandkids will listen to our Remember-When stories, When I Was Your Age stories and say, "You actually Burned Oil in your car to make it run?"
They'll shake their heads, wrinkle their nose and say, "that's nasty".