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Is 40 the New 30 for People and Auto Mileage?

Huff Post -- For years we've been hearing about the surprising vim and vigor of people who hit age milestones like 4, which once meant the downhill slide had begun. Now 40 is being touted as the new 30. We wondered if this milestone for people was true for mileage per gallon in cars. Is 40 miles per gallon (mpg) the new 30?

Could this be the de facto standard for a new crop of vigorous, green machines that promise to cart our gracefully aging selves around while taking baby sips of fuel or electrons?

My colleague, Dan Karnowsky, and I kicked the tires and asked the manufacturers during the two press preview days at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show that opens Friday, November 30 and runs through December 9.

The second day started off with the Green Car of the Year award going to the promising 2013 Ford


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Submitted Dec 03, 2012 By: angel4me
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:13:34 AM

time will tell
bston
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:10:33 AM

All they care about is MPGs; not safety.
KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:11:51 PM

At 4 you still have your whole like ahead of you. What's news about this?

Perhaps someone needs an editor as well as 'spell check'?

[Edited by: KAR120CSII at 12/3/2012 10:15:18 PM EST]
vcsuksu21
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 10:12:57 AM

Yes go for it
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 7:20:52 AM

"Not Newsworthy"
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 7:12:18 AM

good
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 6:58:15 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 6:31:12 AM

Go for 50! Better yet, match the European 70+!
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 6:21:15 AM

50 would be a better new number don't you think?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 5:29:46 AM

I certainly hope so!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 5:08:43 AM

Get it higher....
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 4:55:10 AM

weren't the new Fusions & escapes just recalled?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 4:38:10 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 4:14:49 AM

Those of us that want to be financially secure want cars and trucks that have low operating costs. The lower the better.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 4:11:51 AM

Been better than 40 mpg for past 1.7 decades!

Why the half-stepping?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 4:03:17 AM

remember the 'COST' of technology here.........
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 2:37:35 AM

I hope 40 is the new 30...
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What did he Huff in LA? spell check off?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 2:25:42 AM

What does age have to do with gas mileage?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 2:14:51 AM

Huh?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 2:09:14 AM

Whatever.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:45:14 AM

It may be an interesting concept, but I do not believe the new fuel mix of CNG and EVs with gasoline and diesel fuel will allow this measurement to remain viable.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:44:01 AM

People will spend thousands of dollars on such a vehicle that will take decades to pay for itself in fuel savings
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:43:09 AM

It makes sense to always expect the bar to be raised. But there are physical laws that cannot be broken. We will hit a limit at some point.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:36:50 AM

Yes, you are absolutely right, perhaps.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:29:59 AM

Maybe
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:29:23 AM

40 is still 40.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:27:19 AM

I thought 50 was the new 30.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:27:03 AM

Yes.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:26:26 AM

40mpg sounds good, but who can afford to buy the car? What happened to the time when I complained that $3,500 for a NEW car was too expensive?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:17:57 AM

"4" a milestone? I don't think many folks start the downhill slide at "4"? They're just kids.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:17:52 AM

Cost of electricity will just increase.
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The increase in new car prices far exceeds the savings in gas mileage.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:14:55 AM

I read the first part of this article, then I got bored.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:11:31 AM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:07:53 AM

what ever
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:05:51 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:05:09 AM

While it makes me feel all good inside to think we are going to get 40-50 mpg in a car, it makes me crazy to know it will cost more to buy the car than I could ever recoup in increased fuel efficiency. Why would I be stupid enough to buy one?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:04:39 AM

The EPA will make 40 the new 20.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:04:12 AM

Thanks.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:01:36 AM

40 is still 40 - it seems as the mpg goes up the full size cars get smaller - pretty soon a 40 year old may not fit in it with a family
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:59:48 AM

Very silly.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:58:56 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:58:29 AM

Sure it is

[Edited by: DrivingFool2 at 12/3/2012 2:03:17 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:55:28 AM

Fuel cell technology & using the technology from the "how far can you go" annual competitions could increase MPG.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:52:01 AM

Since Gasbuddy deletes articles from the Washington Times, what is this piece of crap propaganda item from a leftist opinion website doing here?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:50:57 AM

Maybe!
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:50:49 AM

Why isn't it 50?
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:49:39 AM

Perhaps.
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No
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:48:03 AM

Sounds reasonable.
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