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    American cars will soon be no more powerful than Russian cars:

    DETROIT — Soaring gas prices have turned the steady migration by Americans to smaller cars into a stampede.

    In what industry analysts are calling a first, about one in five vehicles sold in the United States was a compact or subcompact car during April, based on monthly sales data released Thursday. Almost a decade ago, when sport utility vehicles were at their peak of popularity, only one in every eight vehicles sold was a small car.

    In another first, fuel-sipping four-cylinder engines surpassed six-cylinder models in popularity in April.


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    here's the car that made Honda a viable competitor in the US market during the first gas crisis back in the mid 70's. The '74 Honda Civic , 4speed stuck and 50 mpg. Great litttle car, but a tight fit for us fat Americans. Honda bumped up the size in the next model change.

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    I think it's great that people are buying smaller cars. Hopefully no one (McCain or Clinton) will do something stupid to lower gas prices and send everyone back to their SUVs.
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    Here is my new one. MF MPG is right at 38, I am currently getting about 43, actually a lot more room than one would think. The Roller Scate, or the 3 door hatch is one I would love to get except it is not as easy to get into the backseat as it don't move up. Once in the back seat, a lot more room than you would imagine. Also kind of hard to get used to the dash and controls. Very pleased with the car up to this point and everyone who has rode in it with me loved it.

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    Toyota Yaris ...even sounds like a wrestler

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    How many upper weight wrestlers can you fit into a Yaris to transport to a tournament?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloggingSully View Post
    I think it's great that people are buying smaller cars. Hopefully no one (McCain or Clinton) will do something stupid to lower gas prices and send everyone back to their SUVs.
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    The price most likely will never see below $3 a gallon again. We need to realize that the US has a fascination with wasteful vehicles, while the rest of the world is more concerned with driving smaller, more gas efficient vehicles. The price of gas has been near $4 a gallon in Europe for sometime now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    How many upper weight wrestlers can you fit into a Yaris to transport to a tournament?
    Believe it or not 4, counting the driver. It has a lot more room than you would think. Transported I big driver (although as most will say, getting smaller), two medium officials, and two small wrestlers home from one last night.
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