Just getting out of a corporate /research stratagem class last week, I was shown extensive research that the American family Chevy Impala from 2002 on average do not have significant worse gas mileage than the same model Toyota Camry. In fact, the ladder has more mechanical problems than the former. My dads a VP of r&d for a firm in the auto industry and he's been saying that for years, I guess i never believed him. but as it turns out, after seeing the statistical data, I guess its true. Where the American car companies fail at is that their SUVs are of poor quality and during the mid-late ninties their car qualities sucked, thus they have no credit in the minds of the American consumers. Also suprising is among entry level luxury cars; Mercedes, Audi/Volkswagen are among the poorest in quality and BMW, Lexus are among the best. Cadillac is somewhere right behind Lexus. Man, What a shock.