Despite the plethora of optional features in today's new cars, there are a few items one simply takes for granted when plunking down the first payment for a chosen ride. You know, a steering wheel, spark plugs, a spare tire - the basics. But according to multiple major automakers, one of these items is no longer a given, and it's got us a bit stumped.
A new study by the AAA shows that a full 36 percent of 2015 model year cars sold lacked a spare tire, instead gifting buyers with a tire inflator kits. That figure is a far cry from the five percent of 2006 model cars sold without the trusty spare in the trunk's wheel well, and it adds up to some 29 million rides on America's roadways lacking this crucial piece of safety equipment.
So what gives? It turns out that automakers are skipping the spare tire in an effort to shave some 30 pounds of weight off their vehicles - a sacrifice to the increasingly stringent mileage requirements for new cars. While we're all for better mileage, let's face it - being stuck on the side of the road without a spare sucks, and in many cases, that tire inflator kit just isn't doing the trick. Here's why:
Are you in the market for a new ride? Check here first to find out if the model you're considering will come without a trusty spare.