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Size, weight, bucks: How cars in America changed in 40 years

Autocar Logo By Autocar of Autocar | Slide 1 of 21: It’s no secret that even the most popular, performance-oriented models have mostly - though not uniformly - gotten significantly bigger and heavier over the past four decades. There’s more to the story than size, though. Most have gotten more powerful, bigger, better equipped, more expensive or all of the above.We’re comparing 10 American-spec 2020 cars with their 1978/1979 predecessors to track the changes, and we’ll track the changes in percentage terms from the old car to the new.

Broadly speaking, cars tend to emerge from a full redesign with a bigger footprint.

It’s no secret that even the most popular, performance-oriented models have mostly - though not uniformly - gotten significantly bigger and heavier over the past four decades. There’s more to the story than size, though. Most have gotten more powerful, bigger, better equipped, more expensive or all of the above.

We’re comparing 10 American-spec 2020 cars with their 1978/1979 predecessors to track the changes, and we’ll track the changes in percentage terms from the old car to the new.

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