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Why Can't We Buy Cars That Do 60, 70, Or 80 MPG?

By Antony Ingram 320 views Apr 28, 2014 Follow Antony Reddit This! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 2001 Honda Insight Enlarge Photo The first-generation Honda Insight hybrid, sold from 2000 through 2006, is renowned even today for its ultra-high gas mileage: 52 mpg combined (48 mpg city, 58 mpg highway). Those ratings remain unmatched today by anything today that doesn't include a plug and a large battery pack. So why, 15 years after the Insight went on sale--considering engineering advances made over that time--don't we have regular cars without plugs that can top those numbers? As the owner of a used 2001 Honda Insight hybrid --currently averaging more than 60 mpg, including a few long highway journeys at 70 mph or more--this lack of progress seems a frustrating state of affairs. Shouldn't the modern equivalent of the Insight, 15 years later, do more like 70 or even 8...

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