Originally Posted by 4wdwrx
Nice data. It shows how technology has come a long way. Even though weight has gone up, due to safety and more equipment, fuel consumption has maintained and even decreased.
Yes a car would have even better gas mileage if it is made lighter, but in reality, no one is going to buy a 2010 Civic that has the features and safety of a 93 Civic. If you want a lighter civic, strip it out, or buy a old car, simple as that
Mmmmm, but we have also come to expect more out of our cars. 20 years ago the standard was to have your bread and butter 4 cylinder sedan hit 60 MPH in 9 to 10 seconds. Today we balk at the sedans that do it in more than 8 seconds. I can't believe the Impreza is only offered with the 2.5L. I like the option of the 170 model, however I think a 150 HP 2.2L geared toward efficiency would do well in today's market. And Im not sure why it was ever taken away from the Impreza.
And now we have cars like the Camry and Accord with 270 HP V6 options. Ok I understand the appeal of the V6, but these aren't supposed to be sports cars and I don't understand the need for that kind of power. However, the market has taken us there. No automaker is going to soley go backwards and sacrafice the competitive advantage. Will we have a 300 HP Camry in the next 5 years? God, I hope not.