Americans Still Opt for Power and Speed Over Fuel Efficiency

2007 Chevy Tahoe

Despite tech­nol­o­gy gains, fuel econ­o­my has been stag­nant over the past 20 years as U.S. con­sumers con­tin­ue to demand pow­er, speed and con­ve­nience. Over 55% of new-vehi­cle pur­chas­es in 2005 were gas guz­zling mini­vans, pick­up trucks and SUVs..

Background
Aver­age 2006 fuel econ­o­my 21 mpg, vs 22.1 in 1987
Aver­age weight of 2006 vehi­cle is 4142 pounds, vs 3727 pounds in 1997
Aver­age 2006 vehi­cle gen­er­at­ed 219 hp, vs 169 hp in 1997
Aver­age 0–60 mph was 9.7 sec­onds in 2006, vs 11 sec­onds for 1997 mod­el




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