• tramse1 avatar tramse1 Posted: 1/13/2012 11:41am PST

    If Consumer Reports is in favor of it, I'm dead-set opposed. I'd argue against apple pie and motherhood if Consumer Reports took a stand in favor of them. I'm sure there's a way to build automobiles that'll carry four people and a few grocery sacks - and that'll get 54.5 mpg (they're running around Europe today, and they're tiny), but I'm not sure there's a way to engineer a vehicle that'll carry four people and tow a boat or a travel trailer over long distances and return that kind of mileage.

  • fb_1505848377 avatar Laura Posted: 1/14/2012 10:56am PST

    According to Edmund's, 54.5 mpg by the CAFE standard is about 36 mpg by the much more familiar EPA standard. Cars don't need to be tiny to achieve 36 mpg EPA even using today's technology. For example, a 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid is EPA rated at 39 mpg (combined city/highway), and the 2013 Fusion Hybrid will top 40 mpg. So even using today's technology, a car can be larger than a Ford Fusion Hybrid and still achieve 36 mpg.