Well there was a time when I was all high, mighty and cool driving my black Explorer around, but tonight I said goodbye to it. With record fuel prices that only seem to get higher I decided it just was not worth it anymore. Even though it was an E85 vehicle, it was hard finding that type of fuel and even the price of that fuel is starting to explode. One of the main reasons why I bought it in 2005 was because I live in a place that has poor road conditions in the winter, but I found that automakers are making better alternatives for those that need extra traction. Anyhow tonight I bought (actually leased) a 2008 Ford Fusion AWD V6. Granted it won't get exactly the mileage that a compact 4 cyl. will, but it is my only vehicle and I need something that is good on ice and snow in the winter. I figure that I should be getting around an 8 MPG improvement which adds up to a lot of money after 3 years. The payments are actually even a little lower then what I was paying. I will try and post a picture when I get a chance. I got the best one they had so it did not feel like I was going down. I am amazed at how much better the ride and handling are then my SUV. It is a black SEL with black heated leather. The coolest feature is probably the SYNC system. I know it is made by Microsoft, but it does work exactly like advertised. I also like the remote start. The only thing I did not get is the touch screen navigation. I know that most of you around here don't really care for American cars, but the Fusion is one of the highest rated in quality right now. I'd say it is about as close to an Accord as you can get and I appreciate having all wheel drive for winter driving. The AWD system takes away one MPG on the EPA sticker. It seems like these new AWD cars might be a better option for people that need better traction then the traditional SUV. Last, with fuel prices like they are I started to feel silly driving my SUV. Almost like people were staring at me. It was time to make a change. If everyone that didn't really need an SUV or truck did what I did I bet it would make a big difference on the oil supply.