In 2006, just one out of 8 cars Americans bought was a sub-compact or compact.
$4 Gasoline in 2008 and rising prices in 2010 ended our love affair with the Hummer and SUVs. In 2010 one out of 4 cars bought were compacts and sub-compacts.
The move to higher fuel efficient cars and away entirely from gasoline vehicles is gathering steam in 2011 as consumers experience another bout of $4 gasoline. Households paid on average in April $369 to gas up.
One way to turn $4 gasoline into the equivalent of $2 per gallon is to double the miles per gallon that one's vehicle gets. A vehicle that gets 17 mpg costs about 24 cents per mile to drive while a 34 mpg vehicle costs about 12 cents per mile.
Compact and sub-compacts provide a lot to love in the age of $4 gasoline. Natural gas vehicles and electric cars are also looking ever more beautiful.