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Originally posted by facchino
I think looking at the 10 most popular cars on sale in the US currently may shed some light on this.
10. Toyota Corolla
MSRP: $15,450 - $18,960
Fuel Economy: 35 mpg Hwy/26 mpg City
9. Honda Civic
MSRP: $15,605 - $25,490
Fuel Economy: 34 mpg Hwy/26 mpg City
8. Honda Accord
MSRP: $21,180 - $29,730
Fuel Economy: 33 mpg Hwy/23 mpg City
7. Ford Fusion
MSRP: $19,720 - $28,645
Fuel Economy: 29 mpg Hwy/22 mpg City
6. Dodge Ram 1500
MSRP: $20,610 - $41,585
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg Hwy/14 mpg City
5. Honda CR-V
MSRP: $21,695 - $27,895
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Hwy/21 mpg City
4. Nissan Altima
MSRP: $19,900 - $30,100
Fuel Economy: 32 mpg Hwy/23 mpg City
3. Toyota Camry
MSRP: $19,720 - $29,370
Fuel Economy: 33 mpg Hwy/22 mpg City
2. Chevy Silverado
MSRP: $20,850 - $41,775
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg Hwy/15 mpg City
1. Ford F-150
MSRP: $22,415 - $51,140
Fuel Economy: N/A
Now clearly - the highest MPG I saw above is a meagre 35mpg for extra urban (the city MPG obviously lower) so its no wonder you people suffer so much when what seems like a pretty low rise to most of the other countries.
I would be wondering why your country cannot start getting in vehicles that offer 50+mpg, and no they don't need to be pocket sized vehicles.
These cars - just shy of 50mpg on the combined cycle.
We have pickups over here that do 35mpg combined, against your frankly obscene 20 for the Chevy Silverado.
Maybe its time you Americans started demanding more economical vehicles, rather than having this absurb approach to just keep churning out VERY uneconomical vehicles as though oil is an infinite resource.
Over here in the UK, they are producing vehicles that are knocking on 80mpg. Same all round the world.
Over there, it seems no one is trying the same approach. Vehicles still being produced with 6litre V8s in them and screw the fuel cost.
As an outsider it almost smacks of total arrogance and disdain for the fuel supply. If all Americans replaced their 18mpg vehicles with 36 mpg models, would the fuel not go twice as far, would the bills be halved?
If you drive "thirsty" cars you can expect to get hammered at the pumps.
Buy an economical vehicle.
Personally - it grates me to hear people complaining about paying under half the cost of fuel we are faced with...fuel over here in the UK is so expensive and only going to get more so as they put yet more fuel duty on it.
Originally posted by jimmyx
this would provide affordable gas (hopefully) and give the big oil companies competition. the profit would, by law, be spent on the US highway system, in upgrades and maintinance.