I'm disappointed with the mileage of the entire new crop of small cars. Even the gas mileage of the Yaris, xA, and Fit, which are the best of the bunch, doesn't exceed 40MPG, even though they are roughly the same size and weight as the early 90's Civic 4-door sedans which had EPA mileages (highway) in the upper 40's. My wife had a 92 Civic sedan that gave her 46MPG in normal (not hypermiling) driving.
With all the attention being given in recent years to dealer-customization options for these cars, you'd think they'd realize there must also be a market for selling, for example, a taller top gear option.
It all makes sense to me. If you compare an Aveo(26/35) to a Xb(30/34), the difference is probably because the Toyota VVT-i engine is more efficient through the entire rpm range, so city mileage is better, but since the highway mpg constraints are generally CdA, engine disp, and gearing, they're pretty close there. The Yaris(34/40) is the next gen echo, and has smaller CdA, than the Aveo and Xb, with the Xb engine iirc, so it gets better mpg all around, and the 2007 Rabbit (22/30) has a much larger engine (2.5L) than any of them, with at best, the ~ same CdA of the worst, so the mileage suffers due to pumping losses and aero drag.
Originally Posted by FormulaTwo
I think if i could get that type of FE i would have no problem driving a dildo shaped car.
When I test drove the manual fit at the start of the summer, I noticed a very brisk acceleration compared to my civic (smoother and much shorter gearing) although it really wasn't much faster at all...
On the highway, the engine rpm's were much higher than my civic too...I heard of people not getting the claimed 38 mpg in their Fit. It seems like with the bigger engine (compared to its japanese counterparts) our Fit is the gas guzzler...