Fuel Efficiency at the Top of Car Buyer’s List

Prior to the 1970s, fuel efficiency wasn’t on anybody’s mind. Car manufacturers threw caution to the wind when it came to gas consumption.

But once the price of oil skyrocketed, the industry took notice and a domino-effect of change in regulations started to shape the manufacturing of vehicles.

Fast-forward to today, and it’s possible to buy vehicles that are very fuel efficient.

Acura’s line of 2017s are scoring high marks for efficiency, with:
●    The 2017 Acura ILX at 35 MPG.
●    The 2017 Acura TLX FWD (4 cylinder) at 35 MPG.
●    The 2017 Acura TLX FWD (6 cylinder) at 34 MPG.
●    The 2017 Acura TLX AWD at 31 MPG.
●    The 2017 Acura RLX and RLX Hybrid at 30 MPG.

Here’s a look at fuel consumption’s humble beginnings, and how we got to today’s new standards for fuel efficiency.

● 1900s. In 1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T and set the standard for fuel efficiency at 21 miles per gallon. Things didn’t get better for fuel efficiency. In fact, they got worse, with cars running at about 14 MPG during World War I.

● 1970s. Fast-forward to the early 1970s, and cars were still getting an average of 12 MPG. However, the soaring price of fuel caused the government and carmakers to regroup. Soon, manufacturers were delivering cars that could reach around 40 MPG.

● 1980s. In the 1980s, manufacturers were creating vehicles that could perform in the 40 to 50 MPG range; however, even in the 1990s, the average fuel efficiency hovered at 17 MPG.

● 2000 and beyond. In the late 2000s, President Obama changed regulations again, setting the new standard for fuel efficiency at 39 MPG for vehicles and 30 MPG for trucks by the year 2016. Regulations are shooting for the stars again, aiming for a new standard of 54.5 MPG by 2025.

If you want to get into a car that will save you money on gas and promote optimal use of our resources, contact Park Acura today!

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