Originally Posted by Dgc333
For example: I purchased a 85 Daytona Turbo new in 85 it was arguably the most powerful FWD compact car of the day. It made 150hp/150ft-lbs and got 25-27 mpg around town and 32-34 mpg on the hiway. My wife's 12 Focus SEL makes 160hp/148ft-lbs and gets 32-34 mpg in the same around town driving and gets 38-39 mpg on the hiway. Then take my 13 ST it gets the same mileage as the Daytona and makes 100ho/100ft-lbs more than the Daytona.
Some say three decades later the improvements should be even greater.