Ever driven a car that was a religious artifact? I just did. I made the mistake of renting a HumVee 3 here in Texas and driving it to Santa Fe to spend Christmas with my family in that great People's Republic I like so much.
Being a bad driver, and a Texan to boot, I am used to a certain level of antipathy on the road in Northern New Mexico. Driving a Hummer took it to an entirely new level! I had people pull up next to me on the highway to mouth "Fuuhh You" on several occassions. I had jay-walking pedestrians kick the damn car on two occassions. My own sister in law said she couldn't believe I was driving a Hummer! I realized that finally, I was a persecuted minority! God it felt good! Maybe I could get some gummint subsidy! Sad to say, bigotry is alive and well in Santa Fe...
THe Hummer I rented got 16 miles per gallon in the city and 20 on the highway actual (16/19 by Edmunds), which isn't too much worse than the dream car of the environut/lawyer/inherited wealth crowd so prevalent in my old stomping grounds.. the Subaru Tribeca which gets 18/24.
It isn't often in life that you can quantify the difference between good and evil, but from a mileage standpoint, it is apparently around 17 mpg city and somewhere between 20 and 23 mpg highway. Saint Thomas Aquinas would be delighted!
I didn't care driving the Hummer too much... the transmission slipped, the windows were too small, and it didn't accelerate worth a damn. But if the mere presence of such a vehicle causes high-strung yankee transplants to northern New Mexico such existential angst, think of what one could do with a "I love Dubya" , a "Save the Wells" , and "Jesus Christ is My CoPilot" bumper sticker slapped on the back of one of those bad boys!
I might just have to buy one!