Will New Fuel Economy Regulations Kill the Regular Cab?
May 7th, 2013 by 68FordFan
New fuel economy regulations set for 2017 are based on a vehicle’s footprint, calculated as the square footage between the four wheels. Thus, according to Pickuptrucks.com, “a Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab with a footprint of 46.4 square feet must achieve 32.8 mpg in 2017, and 45.4 mpg by 2025. A Tacoma Double Cab with a 6-foot box, on the other hand, needs to achieve just 26.4 mpg in 2017 and 35.5 mpg by 2025.” Ultimately, the short wheelbase trucks will drag down fleet fuel economy ratings, so we may see them go the way of the Dodo bird.