Technology and style are always the hallmarks of the New York Auto Show, but this year a huge nod was also given to the higher gas mileage that buyers are screaming for. Here are some of the highlights.
- Honda Civic Hybrid rated at 44 mpg city and highway
- Hyundai Accent rated at 30 mpg city and 40 for the highway
- Nissan Versa rated at 30 in town and 37 out
- Kia Rio offers 30 mpg city and 40 on highway
- Mercedes-Benz A class was introduced as a potential model for the American market, but no numbers were reported.
- Chevrolet Malibu will get 26 in town and 38 on the highway
- Ford Taurus should get 31 mpg on the highway, but no city numbers were discussed
The number of cars offering 40 plus mpg is growing. Those numbers will continue to increase as automakers try to meet tougher fuel efficiency standards set to go into effect in 2016. That is good for the average driver as far as the pump goes, but pretty scary when you look at some of the sticker prices on these new cars – the average amounts for new auto loans will be going up, no doubt.