Better Cars But Lousier Gas Mileage
While the new standards are 40 percent higher than today's, they're merely on par with cars like the 1978 Honda Civic, which got 35 miles to the gallon toodling around town and upwards of 50 miles to the gallon with a good tailwind on the interstate.
The sad fact of the matter is that most of the advances in auto technology since the late 1970s have resulted in more powerful engines, more rigid structures and more comfortable cabins. So cars are faster and safer, but also thirstier.
Hat tip to Will Bunch at Attytood