Click and Clack Come Out in Favor of Efficiency

Although they appeared as a Dodge A-100 and an early Dart in Cars, Tom and Ray Magliozzi are firmly in favor of more fuel-efficient cars on the road, but taking a realistic approach, noting that customers vote with their wallets. Ray notes, "A small family car such as the 1982 Honda Accord had 75 hp. By comparison, a 2007 fourcylinder Accord has 166 hp. A six-cylinder Accord has 244 hp!" While we at tha Jalop love our horses, we have to admit that we ultimately come down on the side of Colin Chapman. A light car with the same power-to-weight ratio as a heavy car — even if it has the same grip and braking numbers — is almost always more fun. Anyone got a spare Europa lying around?

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