Depending on the type of car you are looking for, fuel economy might not necessarily be at the top of your list of concerns. Fuel economy has improved for many vehicles and now we have a few alternatives that can help reduce emissions and save some money at the pump.
But you will always have the larger SUVs and muscle cars that are more concerned with horsepower than fuel economy. Take the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat for example. It has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces up to 717hp and 650lb-ft for toque (Redeye-797hp and Demon-840hp)! I’ve never driven a car that fast but I can understand the appeal. Which is why at this level, with a sticker price in the $70,000 range, fuel economy is not the greatest concern.
Congress decided back in the 70’s to discourage manufacturers from producing cars with average such low miles per gallon. This was done through a “Gas Guzzler tax” which I had never heard of until I ventured out to a Dodge dealership to take a look at these cars. The tax is passed along to the consumers and can go as high as $7,000 if the MPG’s are lower than the required minimum. I don’t think it really did much other than to create a new tax to pay for those looking to drive a stock car with that amount of power. It’s probably not the worse thing for Challenger and Charger Hellcat owners who end up paying $1,700 of Gas Guzzler tax for their cars.