Revised 2008 EPA mileage numbers may cause more vehicles to qualify as "gas guzzlers"
Interested in reading more? Here is a rundown of the EPA testing procedures. One might have assumed that the "gas guzzler" tax had been revised when the mileage estimates were revised, but one might have also been wrong. Why should they be, you might ask... well, the mileage of any given vehicle is not actually changing, only the way the EPA calculates it. So, the vehicle in question has not actually changed at all. So, there are two ways to look at this. One, the "gas guzzler" tax should go up, because we want to accurately reflect what is happening in the real world. Or, two, it is unfair to the manufacturers of the car who are being forced to hit a "moving target" after all of the engineering for the vehicle has already been done. Proof that manufacturers care can be found if you remember the infamous "skip shift" of the 90's 6 speed GM performance cars such as the Camaro and Firebird.
Feel free to read over the material on the EPA's site, and see if you are able to discern something different than what is being questioned here. Also, feel free to check the list of vehicles that have been assigned the "gas guzzler" tax, and note that there are no trucks, SUVs or vans, which do not qualify for the taxes of passenger cars.
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