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Dec 13, 2013 5:58PM
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Does anyone think that maybe part of the problem is that all gas has at least 10% ethanol?  This has got to be part of the issue why cars today cannot get the mileage of cars in the past.
Dec 13, 2013 5:14PM
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the 3500lb Nash Rambler in 1950 got 35mpg with a 3 speed manual trans. It has enough metal in it to make 30 of todays junks. They offered seat belts, unitbody construction just like todays cars. Were is the progress we supposedly made?
Dec 13, 2013 1:17PM
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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.


Dec 13, 2013 3:26PM
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I bought a 1990 Saturn LS or SL new (the last new car I bought). Anyway, it was 4 door 5 speed and I easily got 34 mpg driving combination of city and highway. If 34 mpg could be achieved then, why haven't we been able to exponentially increase mpg since then? Hasn't technology improved enought to do that?
Dec 13, 2013 2:09PM
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I have a '12 Civic and routinely get 42 mpg highway, 38 mpg city. The secret is be easy on the gas pedal.... easy from a stop and hold the pedal still on the highway. 
Dec 13, 2013 2:53PM
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I had an '87 Chevy Sprint and my sister had an '86. We both got 54 to 56 mpg combined and 62+ mpg on trips. They had 1.0L. engines, carbureted. I got 95K miles out of one set of back tires.
Dec 13, 2013 2:55PM
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What I'm not ready for is a car as tiny and uncomfortable as most of this list! There are a few diesels that are larger and comfortable, but diesel fuel is expensive and finding it can be dicey if you don't live near a major highway. I'll spend a couple of extra pennies at the gas station and get a comfortable car.
Dec 13, 2013 3:22PM
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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.   

Dec 13, 2013 4:45PM
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1988 Toyota Camry, 232k, automatic, has suffered three teenage drivers, replaced all the knocked off parts and charged the AC. 30 mpg, mostly in town. Come on folks I'm sure we can do better. Let's see the EUROPEAN fuel numbers. The oil companies don't run their auto industry.
Dec 13, 2013 1:51PM
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The diesel cars are somewhat of a joke when it comes to MPG  figures. . . you pay a 20-25% additional cost for diesel fuel so a car like the Mercedes Benz E350 with a diesel engine and rated at 34 mpg is only getting 27mpg at best when doing cost comparisons with gasoline driven cars.
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