30 Jul '16, 9pm

Why Can’t the U.S. Have Toyota’s 40 MPG 4WD Minivan? https://t.co/5y4scui3Jc

I agree there is no doubt this would be a competitor for fuel economy in the mini van market, although I would hesitate to assume that it will perform 15% better than predicted and achieve 40 mpg instead of 35 mpg. Also, this van is now being offered with a 3.5L V6 in all other markets besides Japan, because the 2.4L engine was not enough to drive in countries with similar driving environments to the US (Australia). My real complaint is not with this van, but with America’s love for the Prius, hybrids, and Toyota in general. In my opinion U.S. automakers did not pursue hybrid drives for a simple reason: in the every day man’s drive, they accomplish nothing other than adding cost to the vehicle, as well as an expensive repair when the batteries need replaced. What they did underestimate was excellent marketing execs at Toyota and uninformed American consumers. This link ser...

Full article: http://gas2.org/2008/09/22/why-cant-the-us-have-toyotas-4...

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