I'm freshly out of the V8 scene as well...but you and I are already sworn enemies!
...as I've always rocked out with the 5.0 Mustangs...lol
BTW tho...I had two stockish '87 5.0's of which one got 32mpg/hwy and the other I achieved 34mpg/hwy...they both had Weld Draglites tho. Which are insanely lighter than stock. 3 1/2" wide fronts, 10" rear.
A fresh tune...very light on the throttle(held the foot steady and let the hill dictate the speed)....
But mostly 'city' driving...even as light as possible...my best was 20mpg.
However...average it out and those are a hell of a car considering the fun pedal on tap and averaging over 20mpg overall!
LOL...anyways Ghost...I'm also looking into an efficient commuter and also started out by looking into the Swift/Metro/Firefly/Sprint...but now have my sights set on the S1/SW1 Saturns. To the general public...I think these are the FE 'sleepers' of the whole pack. Honda pricing is always a little high and I think it's only the very base model 2dr Civic that competes in the this FE arena anyways???