Kompresshun I just read your article. My numbers should add up nicely to what you have mentioned in the article.
My idea is either get a Hybrid, pay it off with the better job that I should be getting around the same time next year (this is after completion of the Cybersecurity Bootcamp at UCF and getting my CySA certification). I definitely got the jist here, which is not to buy a car or lease in this market, regardless if my mind is playing tricks with the MPGs (psychological games of getting teens in real world vs. low 20s on the lie-o-meter on board fuel economy computer).
Next thing I realized. I filled up the deathbox of what is known as my parents 19 Rogue last night at WalMart ($0.13 expensive compared to Costco). Paid almost $50 to fill up that vehicle, and I am here trying to find who has the cheapest fuel in Orlando. Which brings up what Kompresshun mentioned again... Anything I am trying to save will basically cancel out itself. And unfortunately, last night with the Rogue was the perfect example of that. For some reason, looking back at my data sheet for fuel consumption, I barely pay over $50 per fill up on the X, and most cases, its been always under $40. This leads me to believe its all psychological games and tricks that the mind is playing of wanting to see low 20s in a J series.
Now my next question that I have to ask: Can I afford 20 or less MPG at the sweet rate of $16/hr? I am surely avoiding 93 octane as much as possible with these gas prices, and also with the hourly rate I get paid as a PC Tech. Most of you guys knows I pushed my vehicles to their limits when driving between Orlando and Miami for undergrad, and now I need to make sure a tank of fuel can last me at least a whole week (I don't drive on Sundays due to 5 hour class of Cybersecurity).
Additional Info: One way to work is 20 miles, which means its a 40 mile round trip. I could take the FL turnpike as the alternative route since I live near one exit and work is literally next to an exit of the South bound Turnpike, which is roughly 10 miles of Turnpike driving and maybe two toll booths MAX on the way from Home to Work. I would have to avoid the turnpike on the route back home due to grid lock from my home exit all the way spilled onto the turnpike.