If one listens to the little men in Washington,
D.C., the media, or the global warming crowd, we
are in the midst of a mpg bliss and the climate loves
it. Cars are getting better and better mileage even
But do the facts really support the rhetoric? To
those who believe the government would never lie to
us this may come as a shock so we’ll try to
explain. We are going to use Ford as the example
because we have the figures.
Ford produced the Model T from 1908 to 1927 with
4 cylinder engines and manual transmissions. When
the first T’s were built they weighed about 1,200
pounds and got between 13-21 mpg running gasoline,
kerosene, and ethanol made of hemp. In 1909 a
Ford touring car sold for $850 or $21,700
in 2015 dollars.
Fast forward to 2015 and the Ford Taurus. This car
has an EcoBoost 4 cylinder engine with a 6 speed
automatic as standard equipment and optional V-6
engines with a 6 speed automatic, and weigh 4,054
pounds. List price starts at $27,055 with an
estimated combined 25 mpg running regular unleaded
gas. So much for great strides in the fuel economy
department over 107 years.
But we have fuel economy standards you may say and
by 2025 all cars and trucks sold will have to
average 54.5 mpg. In reality these vehicles may
see a 35 mpg average. Why you may ask? It is
because of how ‘official’ gas mileage is measured.
The official average mpg isn’t a stop and go
traffic real world test but more like a treadmill.
Add in credits the governments allows the auto
makers and on paper a big SUV can state 31 mpg.
Once you drive it we believe your mileage would
Granted, huge strides have been made in the
comfort department and cars now have side windows,
automatic transmissions, air conditioning and other
luxuries. We just don’t believe anyone can honestly
say great strides have been made in fuel economy.
Comments are always welcome.