Were Cars Built Better in the Past?

Did you ever hear someone say how much better cars were in “the old days”? We got to thinking about new and used cars recently and quite frankly, other than the fond memories, there is actually very little that you could find better about cars from the sixties and seventies than you can find at an Atlanta Chevy dealership, today. When you think about it, what we have as now is so superior to what was built before, it almost seems silly to compare. But compare we will.


Car tires in the past actually had inner tubes like bicycles. They would puncture frequently and blow-outs were common. In fact it was not uncommon to see multiple people roadside changing tires after a flat, even on a short trip. Today’s tires are nearly indestructible.


Nobody gave much thought to mileage in the sixties and seventies because gas was so cheap. How does 29.9 cents a gallon sound? The fact is many muscle cars of the 70s got around 10 miles per gallon. A car that got 20 mpg was a rarity. Today finding one that DOESN’T get 20 mpg would be an exception.


Have you looked at a dashboard or steering wheel from decades ago? Pretty scary stuff! Today’s padded dashboards, airbags, seatbelts and safety bumpers are incredibly more safe for you and your passengers.


It used to be that a car nearing 100,000 miles was at the end of its lifespan. Today 200,000 miles plus is common. Today’s cars don even show that much rust, which was always a problem with the cars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.


Ergonomic seats have replaced old stiff, bench style seating. Not to mention air conditioning, smooth transitioning transmissions, infotainment systems and power everything.

Yes, it may be popular to think about those old cars but the reality is todays vehicles are much safer, economical, long lasting and comfortable than those of the past. See the latest advancements at Southtowne Motors.

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