Technologically dumber in 2014 than 1989 — Top 6 new fuel efficient cars can’t even match 1989 mpg numbers


1989 Geo Metro kills 2014 competition, only costing $5995 at the time

By Shepard Ambellas

HILO (INTELIHUB) — Today’s world is different for sure than when I was a teenager some 18-years ago. In fact, gas at the time was only $0.97 per gallon and if you had the right car you could cruse for days on a few bucks. Oh boy, were those the times.

Now, as the fractional reserve banking system and corrupt politicians inside the federal government have trampled the citizens of the United States into the ground, one may be lucky, where I live, to find gas for any less than $4.09 per gallon. In fact, it’s typically over $4.15.

To boot, we have somehow seemed to back-peddle, technologically speaking, in the automotive industry as vehicular fuel efficiency has seemed to steadily decline in production vehicles over the years, rather than increase.

For example, in 2014, the top six rated vehicles for fuel economy get shockingly poor gas mileage compared to previously produced vehicles back in the 1980s, which were far less technologically advanced.


Take the 1989 Geo Metro for example, getting a record 50 mpg highway and 12 mpg city, for a combined 47 mpg. We are talking 1989 folks! reports:

2014 Most Fuel Efficient Cars (excluding electric vehicles)

EPA Class Vehicle Description Fuel Economy
Two-Seaters Honda CR-ZHonda CR-Z
4 cyl, 1.5 L, Automatic (AV-S7), Regular Gasoline
Minicompacts Scion iQScion iQ
4 cyl, 1.3 L, Automatic (CVT), Regular Gasoline
Subcompacts Ford FiestaFord Fiesta SFE FWD
3 cyl, 1.0 L, Automatic (5), Regular
Compacts Toyota Prius c HybridToyota Prius c Hybrid
4 cyl, 1.5 L, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular
Midsize Toyota PriusToyota Prius Hybrid
4 cyl, 1.8 L, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular Gasoline
Large Ford C-MAX HybridFord C-MAX Hybrid
4 cyl, 2.0 L, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular
Small Station Wagons BMW 328d xDrive Sports WagonBMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon
4 cyl, 2.0 L, Automatic (S8), Diesel
Midsize Station Wagons Toyota Prius vToyota Prius v
4 cyl, 1.8 L, Automatic (CVT), HEV, Regular

Now compare the current 2014 numbers to the 1989 Geo Metro:

  • 47 Combined
  • 43 City
  • 52 Highway

Ladies and gentlemen, you have been duped. The only car that exceeds the 1989 Geo Metro’s performance is the 2014 Toyota Prius.

Moreover, the manufacture’s suggested retail price of a Geo Metro back in 1989 was $5995.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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