Maybe you should buy an SUV after all?
A piece in The Wall Street Journalwonders (subscription required) whether the plummeting values of SUVs might make them more appealing now. The idea is that if you drive infrequently, the lower price of an SUV might compensate for the additional money you'll spend on gas.
But I'm not so sure: inventory problems aside, a new SUV is still more expensive than a new economy car. A 2008 Kia Sportage still costs 50% more than a Kia Rio so it isn't like buying a gas pig will save you money. Manheim Consulting reports that average auction prices for used SUVs fell 17.%% in April to $12,500 -- a big drop but you can still get a smaller car for a lot less.
Sorry but buying an SUV isn't -- and never will be -- an economical decision.