I'm 81 years of age and my wife is 76 years of youth, and we have been married for 53+ years. Our 2012 Ford Focus SE Hatchback, which we bought in August of 2011 is almost what we hoped for, except for tire wear and poor radio reception. 40+ mpg on trips of 400+ miles, and overall mpg for 29827 miles is an amazing 37.9 mpg. After owning Mustangs, Torinos and a Pantera, which is still in the family, speed has gotten out of my system. Excellent handling is still required and present in this car, so I now drive for max mpg. A new radio module will be replaced in 2013, which leaves me with one problem, that being cupping of all 4 tires, now being remedied, with a tighter realignment & new tire
It has to be the miles per gallon, which may be attributed in part by the way we drive. No jackrabbit starts; use cruise control as much as possible, even by paddling off cruise coming into tight curves instead of using brakes and then accelerating out of the curve by paddling back on; using straight unleaded gas instead of ethanol seems to give us 1+ more mpg, when you can find it, although it is usually more expensive. Also, 65 mph uses about 10% less fuel than 70 mph, and in rural areas 55 mph is 10-15% better than 60 mph. If anyone has more ideas than these, I would appreciate hearing from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Studying and looking at a K&N air intake for possible future use.
Tighten up alignment specs to as close as possible to zero and offering a better tire off the assembly line to those of us that like to buy right off the showroom floor