CNW's Amusing Mileage Musings

The 'Hummer vs Hybrid' guys are CNW Marketing Research are at it again, this time reporting that households that own a Toyota Prius hybrid have an average household fuel economy of 29 mpg; those owning a Dodge Ram pickup have an overall household rating of 27 mpg.

Published: 04-Jun-2007

With gas at $3 a gallon, motorists are taking a fresh look at mileage. Your memory is not going bad if you remember that cars built in the 1970s and 1980s could get 50 mpg on the highway. Using engine technology that seems crude today, the Honda CRX, the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Chevette were mileage champs. Yet a quarter-century of new technology hasn't appreciably improved gas economy. Why?

Safety features -- airbags, anti-lock brakes and stronger structures with more metal -- have made vehicles heavier.

Vehicles have grown larger because of customer demand.

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