I'm curious today as to why car manufacturers boast about getting 35 MPG. I don't watch much TV but I was the other day and happened to see a commercial for a car and that was one of the big selling points - gets 32 MPG!
I found this incredibly odd since my 1986 Hyundai got 35 MPG way back then. Haven't we improved anything since then? It seems we've gone backwards. I'm not a big car fanatic so I don't know if the 32 MPG is pretty normal but I had to assume that it was considering they were so proud of it.
I still didn't really get the gravity of the whole thing until I was talking with my European friend who just bought a car that gets 51.5 MPG. Now that makes more sense to me (35 MPG 25 years ago up to 51 MPG now) so why such a difference between here and there? It wasn't a small car either, it was a mid-size car so that doesn't explain it at all. Their smaller cars are boasting something like 55.5 MPG. I guess I just don't get it.