IT's just hard to believe that with all the high-tech gadgetry on new vehicles, plus all this 'green' crap i hear about on a daily basis, you'd think cars today would get far better MPG than they do, but alas, some are either tied the same as the old Dodge Aries/Plymouth Reliant, or get worse than any 20+ year old car.
The '07 Ram i mentioned had no hemi, some 4.x engine. but it topped out at 10.1, the '06 Chevy he had first, got 12.1-13.0, directly tied with my 24-year-old Fifth Avenue. and that's sad. my car getting exactly the same MPG as a later model Chevy Pick-up weighing about the same (~4-5000 lb) empty, with merely an old Mopar Performance Electronic Ignition, and no catalyst. while that truck was EFI, OBDII, and who knows what else.
Cars advertised are topping out at 28-40MPG. cars from decades ago got that with less. and i stand firm when i say that Suzuki/GM had something going with the Geo/Chevy Metro, with over 50MPG. but they couldn't keep a good thing going.
Dodge had it with the Neon, but again, they take a good thing and ditch it.
Bottom line, i'm just surprised with all the high-tech gimmickry that cars today haven't improved on gas savings much if at all. some got worse, some are tied with 80s Economy cars. and i still fail to understand the point of the Hummer. unless you love bragging about raising gas prices intentionally, that vehicle has no real purpose. it's not even a real Hum Vee.