When Gas Mileage Mattered . . .

Posted by freedomforall 1 year, 3 months ago to Government
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"A way to show how little the government actually cares about gas mileage is to look at the gas mileage cars used to get – forty years ago.

In 1982, you could buy a car like the Plymouth Horizon TC3 “Miser” that got 51 MPG on the highway and 34 MPG in the city. The former number is much higher than the highest highway mileage number of any new car that isn’t a hybrid car – which isn’t a fair comparison because a hybrid needs two drivetrains (one gas, one electric) to beat the highway mileage of the ’82 Plymouth.

And of course, you pay extra for that.

The new Prius – which is a fine car, by the way – stickers for $27,450. That’s what you’ll have to spend to get a new car that can deliver 56 MPG on the highway. That’s 5 miles-per-gallon better than the ’82 Plymouth delivered. But the ’82 Plymouth only cost $5,499 back in ’82 – which “inflation adjusts” (meaning, how much the buying power of the currency we’re forced to use by the central banking cartel that makes money by devaluing the buying power of fiat currency has diminished since then) to just over $17,000 in today’s money.

Thus, it costs about $10,000 more today to get 56 MPG than it cost to get 51 MPG forty years ago.

You are, accordingly, not saving anything.
In fact, the government is concerned with making cars cost more, so as to discourage people from driving them. That is what it is all about – with the latest excuse toward that end being all the bleating about the “climate” “changing.”

Instead of a Prius that costs $27,000 that goes 56 highway miles on a gallon of gas, how about a $50,000 electric car that goes a lot less far (a Prius can travel in excess 600 miles on 11 gallons of gas) and – if you can’t keep it constantly plugged in – makes you drive a lot less?

And there you go."
SOURCE URL: https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2023/01/29/when-gas-mileage-mattered/

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  • Posted by mhubb 1 year, 3 months ago
    no thanks on getting a prius

    i have two Pomeranians and i need room for them in the car

    i go to the Rifle Range and a prius ain't gonna cut the mustard in what i bring
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  • Posted by $ 25n56il4 1 year, 3 months ago
    Oh dear, you reminded me of my horror when the company I worked for traded in my Buick company car for a Plymouth Horizon. The problem was I had three gentlemen working at the company that weighed over 200 pounds and I couldn't pick all three of them up at the airport. That little darling couldn't hold that much weight.
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