1977 Ford Pinto gas mileage - 26 mpg average. My 2012 4 cylinder rav4 - I average 24 mpg. Like I said, they've kinda done what they can with an ICE powered car. There isn’t some technological breakthrough right around the corner. This also isn’t quite like a $500 cell phone, it’s a $40+k automobile.I mean this could be said about everything we buy though? Obviously this is a larger purchase than something menial, but we always make judgment calls on whether the next year's X will be better and worth it to wait. You gotta make the plunge at some point otherwise you are still driving a 1976 PintoWhy jump in then when the latest breakthrough on fast charging won’t be out until the next generation. EVs are still very young, and just looking at what was available 5-10 years ago to now is a huge difference
As I said, I’d love to own one and it would be fine for much of my driving requirements, but not all. And that may be the case for a whole lot of people. To the point where a family may need one of each, as mine likely will.
The Pinto had 90 HP and polluted like crazy, no catalytic converter, etc where as the Rav 4 has 180HP and has pollution controls.
The engine technology between the two is vastly different even though the MPG is similar.