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So where are the Chevy's?? I own a Cruze and I get over 35 mpg. Most days I get close to 40mpb
I drive a Ford Focus. A nice basic American made car. It did not make the list even though it is rated for 35mg and that has been my experience for more that 25000 miles. The list seems rather prejudiced.
I am in Germany for five years and my daily driver is a 2008 Opel Meriva, a small mini-van. In the two years since we bought this car (1.7 liter diesel) I have tracked MPG at every fill-up. My current average is 55.7 MPG.
This is an Opel, a GM built car. Why can’t they bring these to the states? The German crash testing and safety features are almost the same as the US standards. Three quarters of my miles are on the autobahn system, between 80 and 90 MPH. This is a great little car and has more interior room for hauling than my Honda CR-V back home.
Do manufacturers have to pay money to get featured on this list?
The new Dodge Dart is right up there with the rest of these cars for economy and is more affordable and (to me) more aesthetically pleasing than some of these Cube looking designs that are featured in the article.
1 - most of these MPGs are bloated and not real. (For example look at recent Fusion Hybrid reviews)
2 - These cars are too expensive for what they are and any saving in MPG (if any) are eaten by the price
3 - in many cases these are death traps, too small. In a side collision you will end-up with a cracked pelvis at best
4 - many compacts delivering compatible mileage and in many cases cost even less.
Example: Mazda3 manual delivers (see Consumer Reports) 30mpg average. 36mpg highway. It can be bought in iTouring form (nice package incl Blue Tooth) for 16K. But fro few MPG traded you get best handling small car in which you will be safe and comfortable.
All these cars above are overrated. I highly recommend just get normal compact or even midsize. In a long run that would be better option.