so, i did a little digging at fueleconomy.gov.
if you didn't know about this yet, you can also post your mileage there, and have it counted among other cars just
- there are 7 other drivers who posted results from their 1996-2000 1.0L 5-speed Metros, and the group average is 42.6 (which falls short of the car's combined EPA rating of 46). i'm currently exceeding the group's average by 11%.
compare this to...
- 5 other drivers posted mileage from their 88/89 accord 2.0L 5-speeds, with a group average of 30.2 (collectively beating the car's combined EPA rating of 27). i beat this group by 18.5%.
while i realize i'm looking at unscientific samples, i'll go out on a limb and say this seems to support my suspicion that the metro's rating is overly optimistic - relative to the accord anyway - based on the 2 groups' ability to beat the EPA or not.
but the mystery isn't completely solved. the difference in my performance against the 2 groups isn't equal, so questions remain...
it would be interesting to see what others find out.
Welp, there's a manual version only for just about every model year of Integra, so the '98 with the 5-speed has 1 user getting 33, which is 3 better than my avg. with the automatic -- that's not really a fair comparison. There are two '95 autos. on there, that averages to 31.3, which isn't too far off from my 30.27 (but my figure is with mods :-( ) One entry is 27.5 and the other is 36.2, which is hard to believe for the latter entry. Both entries were entered in 1995.
Cool site, though. Too bad the entries can't be verified somehow.