Electrify: they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials
Marcus Aurelius: You said it. 1982 Honda Civics got 50 to 60 MPG on the highway, and close to 50 around town.
Dwight_Yeast: Representative of the unwashed masses: Hey lady, if you squirm to get within 6 inches of the rear bumper of my pickup,If you can't get out of a spot in the city with 6" on each end of your car, then you shouldn't be parking in the city.A hint: the shorter the wheelbase, the easier it is to get out of a tight space.This is what streets look like in my neighborhood:[www.boutell.com image 450x338]One lane of traffic, one of parking. Some of the smaller side streets are barely wide enough to get a car down.Microcars make sense here, and my neighbors are buying them.
Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.
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