Egan: Trucks are the new family ride. What's happened to us?

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By Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen, September 7, 2019

Why is everyone driving a truck?

The stats don’t lie. Trucks have been outselling cars in Canada by about three to one for a number of years. According to our Driving pages in this newspaper, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in Canada for 10 years in a row. And what was second in 2018? The Ram 1500.

In fact, in the top five best-sellers, there is only one car. I don’t get it.

(...)And fuel economy? An illuminating analysis by the University of Calgary’s Blake Shaffer shows an impressive downward trend in consumption until 2013, after which it has flat-lined or gone up. Not hard to imagine it has something to do with engines powerful enough to tow aircraft carriers up a mountain. Engines are more efficient, sure, but a Hemi’s still a Hemi.