Is Ubering Cheaper than Owning a Car?

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Is Ubering Cheaper than Owning a Car?

Ride-hailing services are a popular and convenient transportation option, but a new AAA analysis shows they are not a cost-effective replacement for vehicle ownership. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the average driver in an urban area-the only setting in which using these services are a practical full-time transportation option-drives 10,841 miles per year. While urban drivers travel fewer miles than those living in smaller towns or rural areas, relying on ride-hailing services as a primary mode of transportation would cost $20,118 annually. This equates to more than twice the cost of owning a personal vehicle, even when factoring in the expense of fuel, insurance, parking and the vehicle itself.

“Whether you own a vehicle or not, ride-hailing services are a convenient transportation option,” said John Nielsen, managing director, Automotive Engineering and Repair. “However, with the average American city-dweller driving nearly 11,000 miles per year, a personal vehicle is still the more cost-effective choice.”

For the study, AAA analyzed the costs of ride-hailing services (including the use of an occasional rental car) in 20 major urban areas. Based on the average number of miles traveled by city-dwellers, annual ride-hailing costs are as follows:

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According to data from AAA’s annual Your Driving Costs study, the average annual cost to own and operate a new vehicle, the costliest form of vehicle ownership, is $7,321 for 10,841 miles of travel annually. Understanding that parking costs can be a major ownership expense for those living in urban areas, AAA also analyzed the costs of flat-rate parking per year, which ranges from $706 (Phoenix) to $8,088 (New York), with an average cost of $2,728. For those with access to free parking, relying on ride-hailing services is nearly three times more expensive than vehicle ownership in these cities.

“For those who travel a very limited number of miles annually, or have mobility issues that prevent them from driving a personal vehicle, ride-hailing can be a viable and important option,” continued Nielsen. “But, for everyone else: the car is still king.”

2019 Honda Pilot Named Top Safety Pick+

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2019 Honda Pilot Named Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned and refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot has earned the 2018 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest overall safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ thanks to top ratings of “GOOD” in five of six crash worthiness tests, a standard “GOOD” rating for the Pilot’s headlights and a “SUPERIOR” rating for the Collision Mitigation Braking System feature of the standard Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assitive and active safety technologies.

“The updated Pilot may have more aggressive styling to better match its true capability, but we also got aggressive on safety performance and driver-assistive features.” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. “IIHS rated Pilot’s front crash prevention system ‘SUPERIOR’, and that’s just one of many features included in Honda Sensing, now standard on all Pilot trims.”

To qualify for the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn “GOOD” ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and an “ACCEPTABLE” or “GOOD” rating in the passenger-side small overlap test. It also needs an available front crash prevention system that earns an “ADVANCED” or “SUPERIOR” rating and available “GOOD”-rated headlights.

On sale now, the 2019 Pilot brings a long list of upgrades to Honda’s award-winning 8-seat SUV. The numerous changes include more aggressive exterior styling, an available new hands-free power access tailgate, powertrain refinements, major upgrades to available connected-car technology, an available new Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a volume knob. The 2019 Pilot also adopts the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology as standard on all trims.

Honda Sensing helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helping drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions, is capable of slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Comprising the Honda Sensing suite are Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

Honda’s blind spot information system (BSI), previously available only on the Elite trim, is now standard on EX, EX-L and Touring trims as well. Additionally, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor has been expanded from the Touring and Elite trims to EX and EX-L.

In addition to the above, Pilot offers numerous other safety and driver-assistive features, such as automatic high beams and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, both standard on all trims. The new Pilot was designed to provide a high level of active and passive safety protection and also received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (1).

For more information on the redesigned and refreshed 2019 Pilot or to schedule a personal driving experience, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.
(1) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program