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They are everywhere You can find them every place from traffic jammed city streets to barren rural back roads They are large boxy and not very hard to miss Since the early 90s sport utility vehicles have taken the place of the traditional station wagon as the most popular vehicle for the suburban mom These vehicles have essentially changed our nations highways SUVs are categorized by the government as light trucks which are held to less stringent fuel-efficiency and safety standards than cars Fact Sheet They may have roomy interiors rugged appearances and high off the ground seating but they are also gas-guzzling turnover-prone giants that spew out pollutants and endanger the occupants of smaller cars They have become an icon for American over indulgence SUVs need drastic changes in fuel efficiency and safety standards before money conscious consumers should invest in them Vehicles are classified as LTVs light trucks and vans by the NHSTA the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration if they weigh between 10000 and 5000 gross pounds Cooper Included in the LTV group are pickup trucks vans minivans truck-based station wagons and sport utility vehicles Comprising only fifteen percent of the new vehicle sales during the 1970s LTVs mostly pickups and cargo vans were mainly used by small businesses and farmers for work related use Because of this fact Congress set a more lenient mileage standard for these vehicles which is currently 207 miles per gallon as opposed to the 275 miles per gallon required of passenger cars Cooper Also LTVs are exempt from a gas-guzzler tax a levy imposed on the sale of new vehicles whose fuel economy falls below 225 miles per gallon Light trucks now account for almost half of all new vehicles sold and in fact 40 percent of US households have a sport utility vehicle in their garage Halliday Todays average new car gets approximately 28 miles per gallon Most SUVs get less than 20 miles
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