Friday, April 4, 2008
When I bought my Audi 19 years ago, it got 23 mpg in town, 26 mpg on the highway. In the last two decades, automotive technology has made major strides, cars have gotten stronger and lighter - but they haven't gotten any more fuel-efficient. Volkswagons, Hyundais, and Subarus, the smaller cars that should be the most efficient gas users, mostly claim gas use of 21 mpg in town, 26 mpg on the highway; only a few of them get close to 30 mpg even on the highway. Clearly, the car companies don't feel it is worth their while to put any effort into making cars more efficient, leaving car buyers stuck with increasing fuel prices and stagnating fuel efficiency.