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Aug 8, 2013 2:39AM
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I question the BRZ vs WRX I4 that has been put into this article. It isn't in anyway a fair comparison to show that the smaller 2.0 is more "efficient" than the larger bored 2.5. There are so many factors in fuel efficiency and it isn't just engine vs engine. Weight, tires and gear ratio all play a role into this equation and all are being tossed into the wind with this comparison.

 

For starters, the WRX weights a hefty 3208 pounds, while the BRZ weighs in at 2776 pounds. That equates to a whopping 432 pounds more that the WRX is lugging around that the smaller 2.0 doesn't have to deal with. This alone will help squeeze out a bit more MPG.

 

To make matters even more interesting, you have the BRZ rolling around on thin, fuel efficient tires. Let's see how much the MPG will drop if they swap to the WRX stock tires or even proper summer only tires for maximum grip.

 

This isn't a fair comparison in any way and should of been left off the list entirely. Why in the world would anyone compare an AWD sedan to a RWD sporty/sports car for MPG? Just because both are Subaru, doesn't mean it is possible to even compare the two.

Aug 14, 2013 2:12AM
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We had a 2002 Ford Escape with the V6 engine, automatic trans, 2WD. At speed, 75 MPH, AC on and windows closed it would get about 21 mpg. We recently purchased a 2013 Ford Escape with the 4 cylinder 2.0 EcoBoost engine. Touted to get 30 mpg,  At speed, 75 MPH, AC on and windows closed it gets about 23 mpg. Granted a 10% increase but no where near what the government claims (EPA) were. I would like to know if th etest ing method was changed in the last 10 years. Seems to me the Feds have become part of the lying...uh I mean "marketing" that goes on with new cars. You may be able to use those numbers to compare model to model within a year but beware about comparing to previous years and don't allow increased mileage to become a part of your buying decision, in my experience it isn't there.
Aug 8, 2013 4:42AM
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Torque is what matters. The size of the engine dictates the amount of Torque. HP is what comes after Torque. So in a nut shell, Size matters when a vehicle is heavy or hauling/ Towing. If its a lightweight car the size of the engine does not matter all that much.
Aug 8, 2013 12:01PM
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This is America! Size always matters, and we Americans think bigger is always better!
Aug 13, 2013 10:27PM
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Bull crap,again. Articles written by non car people from liberal town.
Aug 14, 2013 5:11AM
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Actually, the Impala is a pretty damned good rental car.  Talk about condemning a car simply because it makes up a large part of the rental fleets out there.  I drive them all the time.  They drive great, most have leather and heated seats, etc....   Nothing wrong with that.
Aug 13, 2013 11:00PM
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The engine in my 73 T Bird was bigger than most of these government approved plastic boxes that  are called cars today.
Aug 14, 2013 2:28AM
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Pain at the pump...shat let me the consumer decide that...
Aug 14, 2013 3:06AM
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They appear to have omitted the effect of TURBOs on adding power to these smaller engines. Also, we all know torque is what matters most.  On the BRZ/WRX comparison, I'll take the boosted WRX engine every damn time. Some of these were horrible comparisons. The Audi V10 to more powerful V8 is one of the only decent comparisons in this article. All in all this was a poorly conceived write-up.
Aug 14, 2013 5:12AM
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You forgot one.  The often maligned V6 in Ford's Mustang was redesigned in 2011. While a lot of attention is focused on the muscle Mustangs, the current V6 puts out 305HP and gets 31MPG on the highway.  American engineering!!
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