National Geographic : 1980 Nov
THEARCARS PLTHE AMERICAN WAYUTH THE AMERICAN WY FRONT-WHEEL-DRIVE PLYMOUTH RELIANT-K AMERICAS HIGHEST GASOLINE MILEAGE SIX-PASSENGER CAR. FRONT-WHEEL-DRIVE AND HIGH MILEAGE 2541 Plymouth Reliant has the highest mileage rating of any six passenger car in America. 25 EPA estimated MPG:41 est. highway. Plymouth's advanced front-wheel-drive technology provides more effective engine power, and reduces weight by eliminating heavy drive shaft parts. 'Reliant wagon 24 EPAest. MPG, 40 est. hwy MPG. Use EPAest. MPG for comparison. Your mileage may vary, depending on speed, weather, and trip length. Actual highway mileage will probably be less. Calif, estimates, lower. FRONT-WHEEL-DRIVE AND SIX-PASSENGER ROOM The Reliant's power train unit has been placed in front of the pas senger compartment, eliminating the giant transmission hump and the drive shaft tunnel. The engine itself is mounted sideways mini mizing any intrusion into passen ger space. As a result of these design changes the Plymouth Reliant can comfortably seat six people and carry their luggage. FRONT-WHEEL-DRIVE FRONT-WHEEL-DRIVE AND SERVICE AND TRACTION Reliant's new Trans-4 engine was designed exclusivelyfor front wheel-drive. It was also specially designed for easy and inexpen sive serviceability Intervals between required maintenance have been extended significantly. Many vital functions such as sparkplugs, distributor, battery terminal and drive belt adjust ments have been placed up front surrounded by lots of elbow room. You don't have to get under the car to change the oil filter. Many operations can be accom plished by a weekend mechanic. Because the entire weight of its engine and drive train is directly over the front drive wheels, Reliant is far more resistant to wheel spin and even pulls through snow, where conventional cars may lose traction. FRONT-WHEEL-DRIVE AND DIRECT POWER Power from Reliant's transverse mounted engine and transaxle goes directly to its front drive wheels without energy wasting detours. There is no more efficient way to get powerto a car's wheels.