Forced induction engines are smaller and lighter. That's the point.The best way to improve fuel efficiency at this point (except hybrids) is to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics, but that's ungodly more expensive than slapping forced induction on the engine for 2-3 extra MPG.
No on either count.
Because both technologies are already mature and reliable.
Back in the day, people didn't want to buy automatic transmissions because as with anything new, people were afraid of new. Especially old people.
The same was happening when cars started getting more electronics in them. Some avoid sunroofs because they think they leak. Everyone is crazy in their own way. :wink
It's fine not to want to be on the cutting edge of technology while the bugs are worked out. This is not the case with turbos or CVTs though. Both technologies are significant milestones in automotive engineering and are here to stay because they are superior to their predecessors. Except the turbo has been around for 100 years and is already on its way out just like the internal combustion engine.
I've owned many cars and have traded often as a bad habit
I was riding in my brothers new 2017 Outback a week ago and noticed it had paddle shift on wheel similar to my RAV SE, only his is a CVT transmission. I asked him how the heck that works since it's continiously variable and that made zero sense to me. He had no idea what I was talking about, he just drives it and likes it LOL.The turbo wasn't an issue for me but the CVT was. I am pretty sure when the next update (2019 MY?) happens, it will have a turbo and CVT to keep up with the fuel economy numbers of others like the CRV and Outback . The good news is that most CVT's now mimic shift points which makes driving one a bit more enjoyable now.
I still don't understand these virtual shifting when I first read about them on the 2013 Accord with CVT.I was riding in my brothers new 2017 Outback a week ago and noticed it had paddle shift on wheel similar to my RAV SE, only his is a CVT transmission. I asked him how the heck that works since it's continiously variable and that made zero sense to me. He had no idea what I was talking about, he just drives it and likes it LOL.
I have a V6 as well and it rocks. It is however getting elderly with about 155,000 miles so have been looking for a replacement. Sadly the new RAV4s have no pickup. I hate to be a trader but I'm going to have to at least test drive the 2017 Honda CRV turbo with 190 HP. The question is can I hold out another year to see of Toyota will give the 2018 RAV4 the Lexus 2.0 liter turbo.Exactly! And it has a V6 that beats any turbo.