Would getting rid of SUV’s dramatically reduce our oil consumption? While some believe the answer is yes, an article by Alan Reynolds of the CATO Institute suggests otherwise. According to Reynolds, the market share of small, fuel-efficient cars increased only slightly between 1975 and 1988, yet average mileage increased significantly from 13 miles per gallon to more than 22. Even more telling, the share of small cars now on the road is significantly less than in past decades, yet overall efficiency has only declined by 1.3 miles per gallon due to improved technology. So apparently, there’s a lot more at play in fuel consumption than just the size of your car.

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