The Fisker Karma is 16.5 feet long and tips the scales at 5,300 pounds. Sounds more like a 1960s Lincoln than an extended-range green machine capable of 32 miles on electric power alone, doesn't it? Actually, if you ask the Environmental Protection Agency, the Karma is a lot more like a subcompact.

That's because the Karma features interior volume of less than 100 cubic feet, and Auto Observer reminds us that the EPA classifies vehicles based on cabin volume. This odd determinant of vehicle size means that the Aston Martin Rapide, Ford Mustang and the Bentley Continental Convertible are all subcompacts. If that makes no sense to you, you're not alone. Automakers have long used the overall exterior length to classify vehicle size.

As you can imagine, Fisker isn't all that thrilled with the EPA's subcompact label or its methodology for determining fuel economy. The automaker claims that the EPA used a worst-case scenario to come up with 32 miles on electric power, and the company maintains it is certain that the Karma can travel 50 miles without using any gasoline. Overall, the Karma received a rating of 52 mpge due to the fact that it averaged just 20 miles per gallon on gas-only power during EPA testing.


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      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe they released a car with such a bad rating. You think they would delay it and get a battery system like the one in the Nissan Leaf or something.
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      GearHeadDeals.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      Over 5k lbs amd SUB-compact? Wow. This just in, 300lb now considered to be skinny.
      to your email L
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeez folks and corps. DON'T YOU GET IT! It's intent is to force automakers to design cars with more interior room, like 'believe it or not' the Nissan Versa (aka Tiida) classifies as a mid size car. Automakers QUIT WHINING and stop making cars with massive dashboard/center stack and swoopy back windows, you make a confined space even more confining (aka back headroom in most cars now) GET WITH THE PROGRAM. I like the spaciousness of Taurus circa the ex 500 era the new one eh not so much and the older Buick Lesabre was roomy but the new Lucerne eh not so much.
        Mazdaspeed6
        • 3 Years Ago
        @to your email L
        the 500 and lesabre were absolute garbage but were very roomy. You make a really good point
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Been a pretty rough couple of weeks for ol' Fisker.
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      spy4
      • 3 Years Ago
      A perfect shining example of Government waste, bloat, inefficiencies. That's what you get when the USA funds a car company startup. WASTE!
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      bloated, just like the govt. that financed it.
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      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course my comment about Solyndra gets deleted. Just pathetic. But it's something I should expect from the Huffington Post.
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        @WillieD
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        mrpinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        Quit being a dipshit. There are right and left wing talking points ******** like you all over this comments section. The kind that see "auto" and think it means "politics." We WISH they'd delete all your mindless partisan drivel, but we have no such luck.
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      Drachen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do I get the feeling that Fisker will be the Tucker of the 21st century?
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drachen
        +1! hahaha, I actually saw one in the Whole Foods parking lot in Irvine. At least it looks good...esp the taillights.
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