CNW's Amusing Mileage Musings
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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