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Grammar GeekWow!

For a long time, the maximum speed in the US was only 55 mph, because it was supposed to conserve gas, I guess. Many years ago (but within my own memory) it was raised to 65. And then in a very few places, a few years ago, it can be as high as 75. As in other places, people often travel faster than that, but no one I know routines travels at 75 or 80, and at 90 I would be terrified. (Mostly of the cost of the ticket!)
The Americans are known that they don't drive as fast as the European do but they are known as high energy users (especially by cars)
Gosh yes, I'd never have thought of the US drivers as energy efficient but perhaps it all evens out? In the US they drive bigger vehicles slower but in Europe we drive smaller vehicles faster. I wonder which is most energy efficient (well I guess small vehicles more slowly would be the best).
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Nona The BritGosh yes, I'd never have thought of the US drivers as energy efficient but perhaps it all evens out? In the US they drive bigger vehicles slower but in Europe we drive smaller vehicles faster. I wonder which is most energy efficient (well I guess small vehicles more slowly would be the best).
True!
Moreover they have bigger engines. Starts at 4 or 5 liters up to 8 liters.
I don't know that that's true - starts with 4 or 5 liter engines? I'm pretty sure that mine is MUCH smaller than that. When I mash on the accelerator, it feels like the gerbils are running as hard as they can, not like some big engine is just surging with power. I'd have to look at the car specifications, but I'm pretty sure that's not right.

I know Americans have this reputation for big cars, but I'm looking out the window at the parking lot and there are mostly sedans (Toyota Camrys and Ford Tauruses), several minivans (the staple of the American mom) and really, not very many SUVs at all. Sure, there ARE people who buy them, but it's not 85% of the population, as everyone in Europe seems to think. We certainly do consider the terrible gas mileage they get, plus they're a nightmare to park, in my opinion. The hardest car to get your hands on from the car dealer these days are the hybrids!

Edited: Okay - I just looked it up: My car is a 1.8L engine. No wonder it feels like the gerbils are running as hard as they can! And my husband's is 2.7L. So clearly there is a misconception about what our cars are like! And because I was curious, I found a few larger engines: BMW, Mercedes, and Lambourghini (which I know I spelled very wrong). Hardly cars for the typical American.
lol, a 1.8 is considered a fairly big engine here. Mine is a 1.4 and I used to have a 1.2 but the poor thing wasn't very good at getting up hills! Emotion: smile But my little 1.4 can do a 100mph on a motorway ok. not that I do of course. ahem. I suppose because it is a small light car the engine power seems higher than it would in a larger car, but my ideal would be the 1.6 model of the same car, very nippy.

2.7?!!!!wow, I don't know if you can even get those over here. OK, I'm sure you can, but it would be unusual.

So I guess what is small and large is very subjective. Hatchbacks are popular in Europe but I'm not sure you even get them in the US? I did google up the Camris though and that is pretty typical of a family car here too.

This is my car and I looooooooove it so much after always having terrible old bangers (old banger= slang= equals old car on its last legs) before.
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Hi nona,

I like Renaults too, especially the nouvelle Clio sport. In Europe you will become 3.0L engines. For example Renault Espace or many from Mercedes, BMW etc.
Hi Grammar Geek,

OK not every car thats quite right.
I'm interested in American cars and I was surprised about their bigger engines than those of Europe.

I will have a look and search some.
I found these cars maybe you will blame me because they are not common in the USA so sorry for that:

Dodge Avenger

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Charger


Dodge Durango

Dodge Ram


Ford Mustang

Pontiac G6

I'm tired... no just kidding.
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I'm certainly not saying that larger engines don't exist here, but I was surprised when I saw that you think the engine sizes START at 4 or 5 liters and only go up from there. The more common cars have much smaller engines than what you seem to think.
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