Friday, February 23, 2007

Jeep Commander Engine Options and Gas Prices

When it comes to deciding on a Jeep Commander engine option, it is common to hear this: "I won't buy the Hemi because it uses too much gas". However, if you run the numbers, the price of gas is a mute point.

I decided to do some comparisons, using Edmund's True Cost to Own feature, and here is what I found:

  • The average fuel cost per year of the 3.7L V6 is $1904.50 (5 year average, assuming 15,000 miles per year).
  • The average fuel cost per year for the 4.7L V8 and the 5.7L Hemi V8 it is $2064.00 (exactly the same for both).
Bottom line, the cost of gas for a Hemi compared to a 3.7L V6 is just $113.60 a year more!!!! Most people blow out more than that in a couple of hours on a Friday happy hour...

So, if the cost of the car is not an issue and you enjoy a more powerful ride, by all means go with the Hemi, and don't let common misconceptions about gas prices influence your decision. Also, I don't know why anybody would opt for the 4.7L V8, unless they are into flex fuel engines.

Just my 2 cents...

Related: Hemi Fuel Saving Tips


Anonymous said...

If you use the vehicle in a situation where the power is used often, the HEMI can be an advantage. They get better gas mileage going over mountain passes then the smaller engines. They are just more efficient when under load that way.

Also, it's a consideration if you drive at moderate speeds between 40 and 60. Then the multi-displacement system with the HEMI only uses 4 calendars and gas mileage goes up a few points.

All-in-all, don't test drive a HEMI if you can't afford it. You'll never go back to less power. It's so smooth and graceful - and POWERful! :)

Anonymous said...

Gotta love typos!

"...than the smaller engines."

"...only uses 4 cylinders..."


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CGS cat back exhaust said...

There are various SUV/s and trucks right now that are fuel economic. It's almost as the same as an EV now.

CGS Motorsports said...

Great tip. Yeah, issues like that can sometimes be misleading.