Why are new cars so heavy?
August 31, 2006 10:32 AM Subscribe
Why are new cars generally heavier than older (not classic!) cars?
posted by fr0zen to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I noticed this when looking for a used car. I have a new car right now and it's much heavier than the older cars near its size. I can't imagine that the airbags in new cars would weigh so much as to cause such a drastic difference :P
'91 Honda Civic DX (hatch) = 2127 lbs
pre-2000 Mini Cooper = 1500 lbs
'00 VW GTI = 2700 lbs
'02 Honda Civic SI (hatch) = 2877 lbs
new BMW Mini = 2314 lbs
'05 VW GTI = 2934 lbs
Granted, they are different body-styles to a certain extent, but the size difference isn't all that drastic.
So what's so friggin heavy now that wasn't 15+ years ago?