Originally Posted by left footed whooten
Why not stop pumping weight into the damn thing in the first place? Make your engineers work and work with them.
It's all the federal safety requirements. Crumple zones, ABS required, DSC required, traction control required, air bags required. Add on six speed auto trans, leather, coffee maker, panoramic sunroof, 18 cup holders, quad DVD entertainment systems...
We are just now getting back to MPG numbers we had in the early to mid 80s in gas burners.
My roommate in college got 44mpg with his '85 Honda CRX. I wouldn't want to get hit by anything in that little tub, but it got good mileage and was fun to drive.
My '87 Honda Prelude, in college, got mid-30s mpg, I got as high as 37mpg on a highway run to FL. No ABS, air bags, etc. It was quick and fun to drive because there was nothing to it (2300lbs). If I could find another 1st or 2nd gen in decent condition, I'd probably snatch it up for a DD when I'm not hauling the kids (no room for car seats + >6' driver