What’s your grade for auto report cards?

Restaurants get letter grades. Will it work for cars?

The government has proposed labeling each new passenger vehicle with a letter grade from A to D based on its fuel efficiency and emissions, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It’s part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to promote electric cars and other advanced-technology vehicles.

The proposed new rules, released jointly Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department, would be the most substantial change in 30 years to the price-and-mileage labels affixed to the windows of new cars, the WSJ writes.

Currently, the labels must show how many miles per gallon a car gets and its estimated annual fuel cost. Under the proposed changes, a new label design would carry a large letter grade assigned by regulators.

Under the system, the only cars that would receive an A-plus, A or A-minus would be electrics and plug-in hybrids, the government said.

Many compact and midsize vehicles would get Bs, while bigger and more powerful models such as sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks would get Cs or C-minuses because they burn more gas and pump out more carbon dioxide, the WSJ reports.

What do you think of this plan? Give it a grade.

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27 comments Add your comment

Bubba

August 31st, 2010
6:55 am

My car only gets about 12 mpg but I’d give it an A+ because I like it. I don’t really give a rip what grade Obama & Friends would give it.

Ayn Rand was right

August 31st, 2010
7:09 am

Bubba – you are spot on my friend.

gimme a break

August 31st, 2010
7:21 am

Enjoy your A+ Prius as I fly by you in my D+ Porsche.

Car77

August 31st, 2010
7:23 am

Good one douchebag. Can’t wait till gas prices go back up and bumpkins like you can’t afford to drive guzzlers. It feels good to rely on mid-east oil and pollute our air, you’re sure showing Obama!

Road Scholar

August 31st, 2010
7:48 am

I look at the style, gas mileage, cost, and Consumer reports comparisons. I don’t need a “grade” beyond that; government should stay out of it other than setting emission standards and mileage goals.

Usmc Dawg

August 31st, 2010
7:54 am

I give my Honda Accord an A+.

Sorry Comrade Obama, You can’t have it.

RGB

August 31st, 2010
7:55 am

In November, we should remember to issue our own report card on the Obama administration’s handling of the economy: F.

JT

August 31st, 2010
8:25 am

Let’s not take into account how practical a car is, how useful it is, how comfortable it is, how reliable it is, how safe it is, how well it drives, what options it has, or anything else. Nope, what makes a car “good” is simply how much gas it burns. What an insult to the American public, how stupid do they think we are? Advertisers already do a splendid job of conning the stupid among us into buying crappy cars based on one single factor and glossing over all of its flaws, we don’t need the government to try to do the same.

AlatSea

August 31st, 2010
8:25 am

After Bubba’s post @ 7:55, there is nothing left to say.

RFP

August 31st, 2010
8:26 am

Car and Driver gave my car an A+ and I think it gets about 26 mpg on the highway. That’s good enough for me. I really don’t think we need to spend tax payer dollars on this program, it seems to be outlined well enough above.

CanThinkForMyself

August 31st, 2010
8:34 am

Obviously someone thinks we are too stupid to judge vehicles for ourselves. Oh, that’s Obama — now I understand. He’s gonna be surprised to learn that I’m not too stupid to go vote against him — AGAIN.

R

August 31st, 2010
8:36 am

How many more unnecessary government jobs needed for this grading system? Do GM vehicles automatically get a higher rating? I give the plan and the President a big fat F. Please focus on the economy Mr President, you can become an environmental activist in 2012 when you have time on your hands!

John Smith

August 31st, 2010
8:37 am

WHO GIVES A SH*T WHAT OBAMA THINKS!!! I’ll drive what I can afford to drive period.

John Smith

August 31st, 2010
8:42 am

COME ON 2012!!! Our daily freedoms are being taken away and regulated over and over…. Some great President once said, Once your freedom is taken away, you will never get it back. Truer words have never been spoken. Socialism = Failure. Ask Greece, Spain and Germany.

Gary

August 31st, 2010
8:45 am

I currently drive a 2001 Lexus IS which I give an A-. Not for gas milage but because the crazy low emmissions O2 sensor has gone out twice in 113K miles and they are not cheap. It drives great. However, I would just like to the let the President and his friends know that I plan on bying a fully restored 65 Mustang and a 1984 Jeep CJ scrambler next. No state Advl. Tax cause they are too old. No emmissions testing, because they are too old. Horrible gas milage because they are cool and fun to drive. But they are also old enough that I can fix them with out paying 100s for a computer to tell me what is wrong and getting a $1000 for just about every major service. Pretty sure that will make up for the price of gas in the long run. I am pretty sure I will get a few more compliments and thumbs up on my choice, than that the high and mighty Decatur lib driving in her ‘Oboma Bidden 2012′ prius….

JT

August 31st, 2010
9:03 am

Let me see if I’ve got this straight:

Grading cars’ fuel efficiency and restricting guns from airports and churches = government intrusion

Banning abortions, gay marriage and the mosque near Ground Zero ≠ government intrusion

Mike

August 31st, 2010
9:33 am

Czar Obama is at it again. Will he ever go away? Help save America, vote conservative.

winkasdad29

August 31st, 2010
9:34 am

If on the sticker it states “EPA Gas Mileage Rating (A+, etc.), along with the estimated MPG, then maybe. Otherwise, leave this alone. Let consumer agencies rate the cars, as they do now.

Strides need to continue to be made in getting as much gas mileage as possible out of a vehicle, regardless of the model.

winkasdad29

August 31st, 2010
9:36 am

By the way, if a conservative administration decided to do the same thing, how many of you would criticize the decision? We are much too polarized as a country.

Honda Rules

August 31st, 2010
10:04 am

I will not buy an inferior american car, made by the corrupt and bloated UAW. I buy only Japanese or Korean cars—best car for the best price, no question!

steverino

August 31st, 2010
10:09 am

It is neither conservative nor liberal. It is just government finding new ways to dumb-down America and waste money. This grading system is redundant and unnecessary.

lee

August 31st, 2010
10:17 am

Shouldnt Obama be focusing on more important issues?

lee

August 31st, 2010
10:18 am

Honda Rules – I would love to have a conversation with you.

My SUV Still Loves Iraqi Oil

August 31st, 2010
10:37 am

That jive-talking, simple-minded, fork-tongued Obama can give my gas-guzzling an “F” if likes, because I wouldn’t be as generous as giving him that high a grade on the “job” he is doing to ruin this country.

Sean Handtitty

August 31st, 2010
10:39 am

No Hitler/Nazi Germany analogies? I expect more of you, conservatives.

RGB

August 31st, 2010
11:31 am

The HItler/Nazi analogies are commonplace among the “elite” leftists.

Here are a few examples from liberal talk show hosts–but others can be found on the Media Research Center site:

■ Conservatives Want to Kill Barack Obama: “I really think there are conservative broadcasters in this country who would love to see Obama taken out.” (Ed Schultz)

■ Conservatives Are Terrorists: “Do you not understand that the people you hold up as heroes bombed your g$ddamn country? Do you not understand that Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly are as complicit of the September 11, 2001 terror attack as any one of the dumba$$ 15 who came from Saudi Arabia?” (Mike Malloy)

■ Conservatives Want You to Die: “If, in fact, the GOP doesn’t like any form of health care reform, what do we do with those 40 to 60 million uninsured?…When they show up in the emergency room, just shoot ‘em! Kill them!…Do we have enough body bags? I don’t know.” (Montel Williams)

■ Conservative Congresswoman Would Have Liked the Holocaust: “[Representative Michele Bachmann is] a hatemonger. She’s the type of person that would have gladly rounded up the Jews in Germany and shipped them off to death camps….This is an evil bitch from Hell.” (Mike Malloy)

■ Dick Cheney Eats Babies: “Cheney, by the way, looks very ruddy. I couldn’t get over that. Like, he must have feasted on a Jewish baby, or a Muslim baby. He must have sent his people out to get one and bring it back so he could drink its blood.” (Mike Malloy)

■ Dick Cheney Should Die: “He is an enemy of the country, in my opinion. Dick Cheney is an enemy of the country….Lord, take him to the Promised Land, will you? See, I don’t even wish the guy goes to Hell, I just want to get him the hell out of here.” (Ed Schultz)

■ Rush Limbaugh Should Die: “I’m waiting for the day when I pick up the newspaper or click on the Internet and find that he’s choked to death on his own throat fat, or a great big wad of saliva or something, whatever. Go away, Limbaugh, you make me sick.” (Mike Malloy)

■ Michele Bachmann Should Die: “So, Michele, slit your wrist! Go ahead! I mean, you know, why not? I mean, if you want to — or, you know, do us all a better thing. Move that knife up about two feet. I mean, start right at the collarbone.” (Montel Williams)

Car77

September 1st, 2010
12:51 am

Haha very true JT. You want the government to back off, and then you want them to step in on abortion and gay marriage. Get your priorities straight you so called “conservatives”… You sound like uneducated, whiny bitches… The true conservatives I know aren’t anything like this, you brainless fake ones are why Obama is in office and why he will be a second term.