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After reading this, I spent my afternoon washing my cars. Pressed on the slab sides of my 2013 Outback, and it flexes like a beer can. Thinking this was thin metal/light weight/better mpg I walked across my driveway an checked my 2012 Prius. Some give, but much less and a thicker skin. Think 25% of the flex of the Outback. I suppose this is not about mpg. Then I went in the garage and pressed on my 2001 Porsche 911. No flex, stiff as a board. And far and away it's the lightest, yet most expensive of the lot.

I don't think this is about weight and mpg. This is about cost. Although my limited stickered above 30, and the SAPs well above that, this is really a $20K car. And to get it there, they had to compromise on materials and manufacturing process to sell a base model for that low. Which is why there was schmutz on the wheels to begin with.
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