That figure only seems accurate for people who drive expensive cars that aren’t paid off.
I live in L.A., where insurance rates are high and parking is expensive, and I’ve paid an average of $320 per month for gas, parking, insurance and maintenance over the last three years. (Most months, it’s closer to $200, but there have been a few $$$$ repairs.)
I would pay slightly less if I didn’t own a car — probably $250 a month, between Uber, Lyft, bikeshare and transit —and wouldn’t have to worry about maintenance, but the amount of time I would spend getting places would double.
Right now, the convenience and time savings are worth the extra $50 to $70 a month. But maybe that will change if/when the cost of ride-sharing drops.