Collect any group of gearheads together for a long enough period of time and there’s a natural inevitability that certain questions will come up. Like how come American cars seem to always get worse fuel economy than European ones?

This came up in the Jalopnik High Council meeting held every morning in our subterranean HQ in the abandoned City Hall stop in lower Manhattan. As I’ve written before, there are a few tricks that make European cars — even ones also sold in the US — seem to get better MPGs than their American equivalents. Part of it is that our gallons aren’t the same as their gallons, and another part is that their fuel economy test is different than ours.

What other questions always seem to have you banging your head against a wall? And explain to me why I can’t buy a Honda City here in the US, again?

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