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Just once I would like to see a real world fuel economy test.. Take them out and drive them, my 2011 Jetta TDI consistently gets better than the 42 its rated at. On the interstate at 70 MPH I hover around the 50 MPG mark. I have the 6 speed manual but I've talked with others with the automatic that are seeing the same.
I’m a retired ASE Master Auto technician. I started when cars weighed 4500lbs and were as safe as a tank. The ride was as smooth as the sofa in your living room. room for 6 and a trunk you could make a bedroom out of. Even without seat belts, you were safer then, than you are with all the belts and air bags in one of these glorified beer cans. Nobody in the ratings forum does anyone compare what you get with a car you plug in or uses a smaller engine than my Honda Goldwing. Cram in the other 3 200lb passengers with all your golf clubs if you can in the trunk, you’re not going to get that mileage per gallon they claim. If you need to plug it in, you have to pay the light bill. No matter what; diesel, gas or battery, it takes the same amount of fuel to move the same amount of weight, today as it did 50 years ago. If you really need cheap transportation, get on the bus.