• cathairpudding Posted: 3/17/2011 6:35pm PDT

    42 mpg for a hybrid is a total crock of poop. The 1981 honda civic got 42 mpg. I'm a HUGE fan of toyota/lexus; but this is a shameful scam- a total crock of poop. I would rather have a Geo metro.

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 3/18/2011 11:42am PDT

    @cathairpudding - Thanks for your comments. Interesting you mentioned Geo Metro -- one of the original truly small cars with a 'world' view of being fuel-efficient and good for the environment. They were also fun to drive (albeit a little light on power). Anyway, thanks for your thoughts. Here at Family Car Guide we will continue to bring the news about new products from all automakers. As consumers, you always decide what to buy.

  • Paul Posted: 3/20/2011 2:36pm PDT

    Cars in 1981 were not nearly as safe as they are now. Safety weighs more and that is why a well-made modern hybrid gets 42 mpg while a car from 1981 that got 42 mpg could kill you in an accident that you'd survive today in the more modern car.

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 3/21/2011 9:22am PDT

    @Paul - Excellent point about safety in today's cars. Thanks for contributing your thoughts.

  • guest Posted: 3/24/2011 11:22am PDT

    Can I see the data that you use that 1981 cars are not as safe as todays cars and that it outweighs the cost of going green. I have 91 crx hf that got 54 in the city and 55 on the highway using all gas.