Pawlenty's Suburban myth
Pawlenty said he considered getting a hybrid SUV, most of which get more than 30 mpg in the city and have an EPA rating of nine. But hybrids, he decided, were too small for a man of his stature, so he opted for the fuel flex Suburban instead, which he special ordered in black. The fuel flex Suburban gets 11 mpg in the city and 14 highway mpg on E85, a few less than it does on regular gasoline (14/19), which is less than half of the fuel-efficiency of a Volkswagen Jetta or a hybrid SUV. But unless Pawlenty (or his drivers) wants to waste a gallon or more of gas driving to one of the 12 or so gas stations that sell E85 in the Twin Cities, chances are Pawlenty would be better off driving a Hummer with a gas leak.