2014 Ford Fiesta tops all non-hybrid cars at 45 mpg highway
However, the high rating only comes on a special package with a manual transmission, so it will be much harder to find at a dealer.
The 2014 Fiesta with the new 1.0-liter turbo-three can reach up to an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 45 mpg highway in either sedan or hatchback trim, which is the highest highway rating for a non-hybrid gasoline vehicle. Ford is also proud to point out that it's 12 mpg higher than the Honda Fit and 8 mpg better than the Toyota Yaris.
Even the 2014 Volkswagen Golf TDI, a diesel, can only muster 42 mpg highway on the EPA's test cycle. In the city, the Fiesta reaches 32 mpg, an impressive number but matched by its competitor, the Chevrolet Spark, and eclipsed by the only other 3-cylinder car on sale, the smart fortwo, at 34 mpg.
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For its own sake, we hope Ford treads carefully as it promotes these high fuel economy numbers. In July, after lawsuits attacked Ford for overstating real-world mileage on three of its new hybrids, Ford was forced to update software on 77,000 cars. Later in August, the company issued cash rebates to customers and lowered fuel economy ratings on one model after admitting to using a loophole in the EPA testing procedure.
Same with alcohol in the gas. You can call it "oxygenated" gas, but you aren't fooling anyone. It is alcohol, it adds no oxygen to the fuel, and the MPG is worse with gasahol. Our Mazda gets a best of 28 on 10% alcohol/gasoline, and 32 mpg with straight gasoline. not to mention that the use of corn for fuel alcohol drives up the cost of corn based food.
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