I often work shows at the Anaheim Convention Center which according to Google Maps is exactly 36.4 miles and should take 45 minutes (straight down the 5 freeway). Round trip equates to 72.8 miles and 90 minutes. In actuality it can take me anywhere from 40 minutes to as much as 2 hours one way, either coming or going.

72.8 miles in my 2001 Honda Accord uses almost 3 gallons of gas as is, add in the excessive idle time and we are looking at more like 4. I have a 15 gallon tank on the Honda so I get 3.5 round trips to Anaheim per tank. I tried stretching it that last trip back home one night, but couldn’t risk it as traffic came to a stand still once again halfway home. With gas prices the way they are right now, I am paying $4.35 per gallon on average, which means I am paying $17 a day to go to work. Considering I make approximately $12 an hour (each show varies but $12 is the average), I work an hour and a half each day just to pay for my gas.

My next show in Anaheim is this week and a 2012 Ford Focus has been delivered to my house so I can compare the commute with my 2001 Honda Accord (and other cars as time goes on).

I will let you know the results next week!

I can’t wait to hear how much gas you save using this new car. I wish I could downsize – just too many kids!

Shelby, we comfortably fit all 3 car seats in the back seat of the Focus.

I drove a Ford Focus for 8 years and sold it in great condition. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

How fun u jet to compare cara, i drive a rango Rover, imagine how much i spend!

We have a Tahoe now and it is over $100 to fill it up. We need to get a new car soon. I don’t know what to do! I like big cars- I hate the gas! We also have a Camry Hybrid and after owning one, I hate hybrids. I am impossible to please.

I can’t wait to hear what you think about the Ford Focus. If these gas prices go up any more that may be an option for us!

Keep us udated on the cars! I would like a car big enough to fit my 3 kids and the other 4 kids I carpool but is good on gas? Does it exist?

Fitting 7 kids total might be a bit hard to find a good gas saving car. LOL, maybe you need a school bus!

can’t wait we need to get a new car next year!

Nice! Can’t wait to read about how the car fares on gas mileage : )

looking forward to what you think next!

And my daughter keeps trying to tell me that math isn’t important because she’ll never use it outside of school. Ha! Fancy calculating there Adrienne. You are a word problem on the go!

Sounds like fun. We are in the market to purchase a new car. Let me know how it goes. Thanks!