The EPA has revealed that the combined average fuel economy for 2005-model year light-duty vehicles has remained relatively flat at 21 mpg, rising just 0.2 mpg over last year. The combined average fuel economy for these vehicles topped out in 1987 at 22.1 mpg. Technology since the Eighties has focused on maintaining fuel consumption in vehicles that have increasingly become heavier and more powerful. While we would say that maintaining this average while continually improving the performance, safety and utility of vehicles is downright astounding, the author of the article, who admittedly is probably biased, believes that 21 mpg is too low considering the "geopolitical, geological and environmental constraints and issues we face today". Yeah, sure, but the HEMI's back!
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