Meet the 40 MPG Club
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Meet the 40 MPG Club

New Gasoline-Powered Cars That Get 40 MPG or More on the Highway


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Improved fuel efficiency has become an important part of many consumers' car-buying plans, and for some "gas mileage" is at least as important as horsepower and style.

For those shoppers, or anyone who values squeezing every last mile out of each gallon of gasoline, the elite 40 mpg club is a good place to start looking.

These are cars that deliver at least 40 miles per gallon fuel efficiency on the federal EPA's highway test cycle. (Sorry, no trucks yet.) At the moment, the numbers are small, but club membership is growing, albeit slowly, thanks to advances in engine design, aerodynamics and lightweight materials. These help automakers overcome their vehicles' inherent handicaps of engine inefficiency, aerodynamic drag and weight that that saps fuel economy.

There are dozens of vehicles with hybrid, diesel and electric powertrains that exceed 40 mpg on the highway, but this article is for shoppers who prefer to stick with gasoline.

For the 2015 model year, the 40 mpg club for gas burners has 14 members with models from Chevrolet, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota.

Here's a detailed look at the members of the gas-powered 40 mpg highway club, including two new entrants: The 2015 Honda Fit LX with optional CVT and the 2015 Mazda 6 i-Grand Touring with a special fuel efficiency package.

Each model listed includes some insights into the way it achieves extreme efficiency without resorting to a diesel engine, hybrid technology or electric power. This reliance on the conventional internal-combustion engine is important because it helps keep the cars affordable.

While alternative-fuel vehicles offer advanced technology and sometimes-significant fuel efficiency, they also tend to come with a big price premium. It can take years to earn back the purchase price through fuel savings alone, so a more affordable conventional car with a good mpg rating can be a smarter choice for many consumers.

A word of advice: Most of the 40-mpg gasoline cars are specialized, low-volume variants of their mainstream counterparts. Many achieve their fuel efficiency through special equipment packages not found on more mainstream models.

So if fuel efficiency is a feature that's at the top of your shopping list, make sure you zero in on the super-saver versions. And if you want to see a much broader list of fuel-efficient cars, including diesels and electric-drive models, check our story that lists the new cars that get at least 30 mpg in the EPA's combined city/highway rating. We cover late-model used cars that get at least 30 mpg in a separate article.

And, as always, please remember that the EPA bestows the mileage ratings cited, usually based on tests performed by the automakers using EPA-developed laboratory procedures. Real-world fuel efficiency will vary, sometimes substantially, depending on factors that include cargo load, terrain, climate conditions and, of course, the weight of the driver's accelerator-pedal foot.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
This is the fifth year for the 42-mpg highway Chevy Cruze Eco, which first hit the market as a 2011 model. The EPA-estimated fuel economy of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is unchanged from the previous model year at 33 mpg combined (42 highway/28 city) for the six-speed manual transmission model. The Cruze Eco with six-speed automatic doesn't quite make the cut, earning an EPA highway rating of 39 mpg.

General Motors attributes some of the Cruze Eco's fuel efficiency to aerodynamic improvements, including the partial blockage of the upper grille to reduce drag, an extension of the front chin spoiler, a rear spoiler, underbody panels to reduce drag and a lower overall ride height. The Eco also has a shutter behind the lower part of the front grille that closes at high speed to reduce aerodynamic drag and then opens at low speed to optimize engine-cooling airflow.

GM says that these and related enhancements reduce aerodynamic drag by 10 percent over a non-Eco Cruze.

At 3,005 pounds, the Chevy Cruze Eco is also relatively light, and it comes in at 113 pounds less than a conventional Cruze 1LT with automatic transmission. The engineers accomplished this by reducing the size or thickness of some of the sheet metal and by using lightweight, cast-aluminum 17-inch wheels.

The final piece of the Cruze Eco's fuel-saving combination is the turbocharged 138-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission. It has an especially tall overdrive ratio for sixth gear that reduces engine rpm at cruising speed for better fuel economy.

2015 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo
There are two trim levels of the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic that get the coveted 40 mpg highway rating for 2015, both with the optional $700 turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. That combo helps both the Sonic LT and Sonic LTZ join the 40 mpg highway club (both hatchbacks and sedans).

With this turbocharged 1.4-liter engine and the manual transmission, the Sonic delivers 33 mpg combined (40 highway/29 city).

2015 Dodge Dart Aero
For its Dart small sedan, Dodge uses a suite of aerodynamic and weight-saving tweaks to boost the Aero version into 40-mpg territory on the highway.

Dodge offers two transmissions, and both versions achieve more than 40 mpg on the highway. The 2015 Dodge Dart Aero with the six-speed manual transmission is EPA-rated at 32 mpg combined (41 highway/28 city). The Aero with a six-speed automatic has a rating of 32 mpg combined (40 highway/28 city).

All Dart Aeros use a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Major aerodynamic improvements on the Aero versus other Dart models include active grille shutters and underbody air deflectors and channeling to reduce the turbulence that makes cars work harder (thus using more fuel) to move forward.

2015 Fiat 500
Fiat manages to place almost all of its 2015 Fiat 500 models into the 40 mpg highway club — provided they have manual transmissions. The only members of the manual-transmission Fiat 500 family that are not EPA-rated at 40 mpg on the open road are the sporty turbocharged 500T and Abarth models. The rest of the manual transmission family, including both convertibles, get 34 mpg combined (40 highway/31 city) ratings for 2015, courtesy of a tall final-drive gear ratio and improved aerodynamics.

The optional six-speed automatic reduces the car's EPA-rated fuel efficiency to 34 mpg highway.

2015 Ford Fiesta SE SFE
SFE stands for "super fuel economy." It's a package of fuel-conserving measures that specially equips the 2015 Ford Fiesta with Ford's turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder "EcoBoost" engine and a five-speed manual. The Fiesta SE with EcoBoost gets a thrifty-at-the-pump rating of 36 mpg combined (43 highway/31 city).

The SFE package is available only on the Fiesta SE trim level in both hatchback and sedan styles.

2015 Ford Focus SFE
Ford introduced the compact Focus sedan with optional SFE package as a 2012 model. It's the Fiesta SFE's big brother. As with the Fiesta, the SFE option is only available on the SE trim level of the Focus.

The 2015 Focus SE SFE features the same turbocharged1.0 liter engine as the Fiesta SFE, with a six-speed automated manual transmission. Ford says the six-speed transmission helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 9 percent compared to a traditional four-speed automatic. The EPA ratings for the 20125 Focus lineup were not available as this was written, but the 2014 Focus SFE with a larger, 2.0-liter engine, is rated at is 33 mpg combined (40 highway/28 city).

The SFE package includes fully active shutters behind the grille to help optimize aerodynamics. If the engine needs air for cooling, the vents open. If it doesn't need airflow, the vents close, significantly reducing aerodynamic drag.

2015 Honda Civic HF
The 2015 Honda Civic HF is Honda's modern-day entry in the 40 mpg highway club, coming in at 35 mpg combined (41 highway/31 city). The initials stand for "high fuel efficiency."

The 2015 Honda Civic HF is equipped with a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine that combines a respectable 140 hp with that 41-mpg highway rating. It's equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a special package of components to improve aerodynamics.

This car features Eco Assist, a Honda technology that is designed to help drivers develop a fuel-efficient driving style. It uses dashboard visual aids to tell them when they are driving efficiently — and when they aren't.

2015 Honda Fit LX
The base model of the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit compact hatchback joins the 40 mpg club for the first time. It combines a peppy 130-horsepower, 1.5-liter engine and an optional CVT to help achieve an EPA combined rating of 36 mpg (41 highway/33 city).

Other CVT-equipped Fit models–the EX and EX-L — don't make the 40-mpg cut because they offer mileage-robbing features including sunroofs, larger wheels and more electronics. All these things add weight. They earn EPA-rated highway fuel efficiency ratings of 38 mpg.

2015 Mazda 3
The 2015 Mazda 3 compact comes in a multitude of sedan and hatchback versions. This year marks the first time the fuel-efficient compact gets 40-mpg highway ratings for most of its hatchbacks as well as the sedans, which bump up to 41 mpg on the highway for the 2014 model.

In past years, only a few select Mazda 3 sedan models came with an optional high-efficiency package. But all 2015 Mazda 3 i trim levels with the 2.0-liter engine are in the 40 mpg-plus highway club.

The i trim levels use Mazda's 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline-4 engine that helps Mazda deliver the fuel-efficiency goods with features including lightweight components, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. There also are a number of aerodynamic improvements in both body styles.

EPA ratings on the 2.0-liter sedans with automatic transmission are 34 mpg combined (41 highway/30 city). Sedans with a manual transmission get 33 mpg combined (41 highway/29 city). Mazda 3 hatchbacks with the 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission are rated at 33 combined (40 highway/30 city), while models with a manual transmission get a 33 combined (40 highway/29 city) rating.

Making the club for the first time is the 2015 Mazda 3 s GT with the special i-Eloop fuel efficiency package. The GT offers a 2.5-liter engine that, with Mazda's six-speed automatic and the special efficiency package, earned a 33-mpg combined rating from the EPA (40 highway/29 city).

The term i-Eloop stands for "intelligent energy loop," a specialized regenerative braking system that lets Mazda models equipped with the package store braking energy in a supercapacitor. The stored power is used to help operate onboard electronics when the engine is shut down during stops, thanks to the engine stop-start system, and to charge the 12-volt battery so engine power isn't diverted to those chores.

2015 Mazda 6 with i-Eloop
This one style of the midsize Mazda 6 sedan is equipped with a special package of fuel-saving technologies. It is offered as an option on the 2015 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring sedan and earns an EPA rating of 32 mpg combined (40 highway/28 city).

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi's 2015 Mirage hatchback comes in CVT and five-speed manual versions that both break the 40-mpg highway barrier. The CVT-equipped model also gets 40 mpg in its combined rating — the only gasoline burning, non-hybrid car in the U.S. market to achieve that lofty number so far.

A tiny, fuel-sipping 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine is one part of Mitsubishi's fuel economy recipe, along with a lightweight chassis and a CVT in the 40 mpg combined (44 highway/37 city) DE and DS styles. The DE and DS hatchbacks with five-speed manuals are rated at 37 mpg combined (42 highway/34 city).

2015 Nissan Sentra FE+
Nissan continues membership in the 40 mpg club with several vehicles this year, including the 2015 Nissan Sentra FE+ S and Sentra FE+ SV sedans.

EPA ratings for the 2015 models are not yet out, but there are few, if any, changes from the 2014 model year when both FE+ trim levels were rated at 34 mpg combined (40 highway/30 city). A rear spoiler, special underbody air deflectors that reduce efficiency-robbing turbulence and low-rolling-resistance tires make up the FE+ package and, along with the CVT, earned the 2014 FE+ Sentras their 40 mpg club membership. Standard Sentras with the CVT get a 39-mpg highway rating.

2015 Nissan Versa
Nissan's other 40-mpg clubber is the 2014 Versa. All 2015 Versa sedan styles with the CVT get the EPA's 35 mpg combined (40 highway/31 city) rating, as do CVT-equipped Versa Note hatchbacks.

The CVT is a real fuel economy booster, adding 4 mpg to the compact car's highway rating when compared to the base model with the five-speed manual. It boosts highway mileage by 5 mpg over the base model with the four-speed automatic.

2015 Toyota Corolla LE Eco
Toyota's only member of the gasoline-only 40 mpg highway club is the 2015 Toyota Corolla LE Eco, a model that comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with a CVT. The base Corolla LE Eco is rated at 35 mpg combined (42 highway/30 city). Due to slightly different equipment, the Corolla LE Eco Plus and Corolla LE Eco Premium styles are rated at 34 mpg combined (40 highway/30 city).

All three Eco models use specially tuned engines and transmissions, the efficiency of the CVT, a variety of aerodynamic tweaks and low-rolling-resistance tires to hit or exceed the 40-mpg highway mark.

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The 40 mpg club membership roll for the 2015 model year is 85 percent longer than the 2012 and 2013 lists, when there were just seven gasoline-powered cars that boasted of achieving 40 mpg on the EPA's highway cycle. Yes, 14 models is still a pretty low number, but quite a few 2015 gasoline models achieved 39-mpg highway ratings from the EPA. We expect a number of them to push into 40-mpg territory as government regulators continue to seek to reduce emissions and oil consumption

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Comments

  • landric landric Posts:

    I find it interesting that fuel economy has become an issue again and cars getting 40+ MPG are suddenly newsworthy, despite the fact that cars that get 40+ MPG have been available for decades. My 1999 Saturn SL2 was rated at 38 MPG highway, but regularly got 40+ MPG in solid highway driving. It had most of the safety features we expect today, ABS, traction control, airbags (though front driver and passenger only, no side airbags). It had a reasonable amount of power with its DOHC 16v 1.9 liter engine and 5-speed manual. IIRC the '99 SL1 with its SOHC engine was rated at 40 MPG with a manual. In high school I had a 1986 Nissan Sentra XE that regularly got 40+ MPG on the highway, with an 8 valve 1.6 liter engine and 5-Speed. I know the EPA revamped the way it did testing and that resulted in MPG rating drops pretty much across the board. However, the ability to make vehicles that get 40+ MPG is not new technology. While I hate the rising gas prices, perhaps they will shift the focus of the US car buying market from big engines and big vehicles to smaller vehicles and better fuel economy. These new vehicles are a step back in the right direction, its a shame that we stepped away from that direction in the first place though, or who knows how much better fuel economy would be now.

  • sunrunner68 sunrunner68 Posts:

    What I find amusing (read: annoying) is that the technology has been there a LONG time. Why is it that in the early 90s Honda was making cars getting 35/44 but no one can seem to achieve this anymore? I had a 93 Honda Civic that even at 16 years old was still getting 33 MPG. Where did this technology go?

  • landric landric Posts:

    I think it went into added weight, more options, and more power. Gas was so inexpensive until 2003 or 2004 that no one was concerned about mileage; bigger engines and more creature comforts were more important. Now companies are struggling to make cars as efficient as they once were, but with all the added features of today's vehicles. IMO, If gas mileage had remained important throughout the 90's we would be a lot further along on highly efficient engines that we are. Its a shame that it would now be cheaper if cars ran on milk rather than gasoline, but where I live a gallon of gas is $3.759 and a gallon of milk is $3.38.

  • jimbopalmer jimbopalmer Posts:

    For the last 10 years the Toyota Prius has had an EPA sticker over 40 MPG and it is entirely gasoline powered. I am not sure how you missed it. Various other hybrid cars also exceed 40 MPG. I can see ruling out the cars that plug in, like the Leaf and the Volt, but the Prius and most hybrids are entirely gas powered.

  • willybrank willybrank Posts:

    With gas at 4 bucks a gallon there is no doubt these fuel sippers will make their mark (and make or break an auto company for that matter). Looks there is a good amount of manufacturers hitting the 40 plus mark: http://www.fueleconomysearch.com/search-by-manufacturer

  • dcmangan dcmangan Posts:

    This was a very informative article on new 40+ mpg cars. Thank you for writing it.

  • wayhew wayhew Posts:

    The disingenuousness of the auto industry in meeting the needs of a supposedly fuel-starved planet is astounding. Here at Edmunds (and, well, everywhere else, for that matter), they've got the practice of short-term-memory and long-term-forgetfulness down to a real science. When I was in high school and college, mid-late 70's, the economy cars were getting 30, 35, 40 mpg. This was for cars like the Chevette, Pinto, Le Car, Civic. Conventional engines; not hybrids. Today, even hybrids that get over 40 mpg are so few you can count them on one hand. There's something very fishy here. The things that they're working on in car design are not the things that increase economy of operation, that's for sure. Today's cars are faster than they need to be, more luxurious than they need to be. But they don't get the gas mileage that they should be getting in the 21st Century.

  • I have a 2010 Honda CIVIC LX-S and after an engine break in period and 10,000 miles am happy to report that my 2010 Honda Civic LX-S is getting me a combined 43.33 MPG ! I can only wonder how much higher this figure would be if I drove this car only on the freeway (with no stop and go traffic). In addition, I used to drive a 1990 Toyota Camry V-6, and I remember when that car would get me up to 32 MPG using the "original" gasoline (no ethanol on those early years). After the EPA MANDATED the fuel to be "oxigenated" the fuel mileage WORSENED by the same percentage of the blend on the gasoline (-10 %). I also wonder how much better this fuel mileage would be on this 2010 Civic if "TRUE" gasoline were used. I'm still happy to get the 43.33 MPG (CONSISTENTLY) on this car! Are the people @ Honda keeping this fact about the 2010 Civic as a "little secret"?

  • Try adding the Nissan Altima 2.5SL. I have had my Nissan for about 2 months now. It get about 50mpg on the highway and 40+mpg in the city (unless i'm racing a charger or something) I have 177HP 6Spd Manual; and enough seating room to comfortably fit 4-5 people over 6' 5" tall in the front and back. unlike the prius where you sit with your head cocked over if your over 5' 8".

  • allannde allannde Posts:

    I don't understand the message behind this article. The claim is that new non hybrid cars in the "40mpg club" are serious competition for the Prius. These cars are commendable indeed, but their overall mpg counting city driving is in the low 30s mpg while my 2006 Prius has an overall lifetime average of almost 50 mpg (49.16 mpg). That isn't even close. My Prius does not give up quality, utility, interior space, comfort or reasonable performance to accomplish that. It absolutely amazes me that I am unable to find another make of a new car which competes with my used car after five years. There should be a selection of competing cars by now.

  • Thanks Edmunds! The fuel savings of a hybrid didn't outweigh the saving in gas when I choose my last car. These cars provide more driving enjoyment without the cost, complexity and envrionmental concerns during production and at their end of life. Electricy also creates pollution especially coal fired power plants and the nuclear plants with build up waste and no place to store it. Water power is very clean. There will be something better than the internal combustion engine but I don't know what it is yet. I do know hybrids todays best technologies like lithium ion batteries are heaver and slower than my car. Are hybrids really green?

  • clachnit clachnit Posts:

    We appreciate the comments you're posting here, everyone -- keep them coming! There's a real balancing act going on here between what drivers expect from their cars in terms of power and amenities and what they're willing to pay to fuel those cars. It affects what people will buy -- what car makers build. The advent of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs is making things even more interesting, as is the push for ever-higher fuel economy standards. We're covering all those developments with an eye towards helping drivers decide what car is right for them. Let us know how we're doing. -- Carroll Lachnit, features editor, Edmunds

  • mo_b mo_b Posts:

    I am driving a "1995 Honda Civic" that gets between 39 and 43 miles per gallon averaging 70 to 85 miles per hour on the interstate, when noone is in the way !! Notice that I said it's a '95 so it's 16 years old. The car has 237,000 miles on it and even when loaded so that you can't see out of the rear window and there's no room left in the trunk, and it has roof racks to haul whitewater canoes on it, and it still gets 37 mpg under those conditions!! The engineers need to revisit the old drawing boards, instead of reinventing the fuel efficient car. The '95 civic is not cutting edge technology!

  • richsheets richsheets Posts:

    I have a 2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback SE Auto , it gets great MPG bought new Feb/2011 averages 36.7 to 42.9 going to work city/highway

  • c_ritt c_ritt Posts:

    I have had my 2012 Elantra for about 1200 miles. i have watched what the computer puts up form my avg mpg, but get something different when doing the math at the pump. I drive 90% of my daily trip to work above 55 mph and less than 75 mph. I set the cruise control about 98% of the time. My computer will say that I average around 36 mpg. When i do the math at the pump... i am sligtly over 31 mpg. The only time i notice anything about the Elantras mpg, is when i reset my trip, at a full tank, and monitor the gas odometer bars. For the first bar, i got about 40 miles. For the 2nd bar i got about 36. for the 3rd bar, I got about 30. I was getting less and less mpg the more i drove. This is a far cry from the sticker of 40 mpg hwy and 29 mpg city. The other wierd thing is that my avg speed is 40 mph. It hasnt moved since the 300 mile mark. I have already taken the elantra to get serviced because my gear was sticking in park and neutral. Now i am going to have to take it back to check the computer. This will be the third time to get service in less than a month of having a new automobile. The elantra looks cool and has some nice features, but for the reason I bought it (MPG)...i am not impressed.

  • cajunajm cajunajm Posts:

    Europe has cars that achieve 50+mpg and they'll blow the doors off of the cars here in the US.... Turbo Diesel Injected... My wife's Ford KA got better than 46mpg [averaged city/highway]; Ambulances there use 2.0L engines....and we're supposed to be happy with 30 & 40mpg??????????????????????????????????? What a scam !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

  • riffdex riffdex Posts:

    Its hard to take this article seriously when in starts out with such a statement. My dad used to regularly get 40 mpg from his cars back in the 80s. He's not one to exaggerate. He also currently drives a '91 ford escort 5 speed and is getting 40 mpg highway. Its a shame how little progress has been made in the last 30 years on MPG.

  • bryceinstl bryceinstl Posts:

    for wayhew: nothing disingenuous about it... the cars you cite had little or no emissions equipment, A/C, cruise, moonroof, power anything, airbags, crash standards...shall I go on? All of the above takes a toll on fuel economy. Would we be willing to give these features up? Not bloody likely! Your premise is false.

  • njmike731 njmike731 Posts:

    Its been a year since wayhew made his comment below regarding the disingenuous (or should we say obfuscation of the issue) market position regarding fuel efficient vehicles. They continue to throw vehicles into the consumer arena with a halfhearted attempt to truly provide a solution to our hurting wallets. I too remember the 1970's and have lamented for decades that we as a country didn't take up the mantle of being the leader in ultra fuel efficient or alternative energy cars. It sickens me that low gas prices, and corporate greed (not to mention doing whats easy instead of whats hard) kept us way behind on this issue. And so the chickens came home to roost - we now have very high gas prices sucking the lifeblood out of hard working Americans. Too late. Its great to see more vehicles getting better mileage but come on, lets not be lulled into thinking the car industry hasn't been dragged in this direction kicking and screaming. Such low expectations, and whiny baby tactics on the part of the industry has really put us behind the 8-Ball. Playing catch up as usual when we could have lead. It continues to sicken me that politicians still side with corporate America that doing whats right for the environment, for the people of our country is somehow going to put them out of business. Bull Crap.

  • truc65 truc65 Posts:

    the problem with the prius is the price...like most hybrids, you may never make up the difference in cost with the mpg's.

  • truc65 truc65 Posts:

    i find it amazing that with all of the "breakthroughs" and advancements that we're not breaking the 70 mpg barrier. i had a '98 civic hx that got 40 in the city and 45 freeway with a downtuned ex v-tech engine. the ex had 140 hp and the hx had 125...tell me they couldn't use their advancements over the last decade to increase that mpg to at least 55.

  • wankel7 wankel7 Posts:

    priusispoison - 50 MPG on the highway? By "about 50mpg" on the highway you mean about 30? http://www.fuelly.com/car/nissan/altima/2011

  • cygnus_x1 cygnus_x1 Posts:

    wayhew, those cars from the 70's weighed around 2,000 lbs and the Chevette actually weighed under a ton. The EPA rated car mileage differently back then too, everyone knew you couldn't get close to the EPA rating on the sticker. Also remember, a 1976 Chevette did 0-60 in 19.6 seconds...they were barely drive-able. Cars are much heavier now due to the extra power, larger sizes, safety standards, and added luxuries but they actually achieve their EPA rating. If they could legally make a 2,000 lb Prius it would probably get 100mpg.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @wayhew: Rather than anything nefarious, it's actually relatively simple to explain. Those mileage figures you quoted are using outdated fuel economy test schemes, for which older vehicles are generally overrated (this is still a problem mind you). Modern

  • corollamike corollamike Posts:

    Hate to break it to ya, Edmunds, but my '09 Corolla S consistently achieves 40 mpg on the highway. More than that, though, is that while the MSRP gap between compacts and sedans is so thin, it's almost crazy to buy a compact for the sake of saving a couple of grand when you consider many sedans are getting upwards of 40 mpg highway, as well. Isn't the new Altima rated at 38 mpg highway? Given that compacts and sedans are nearly equal in price and fuel economy, the most glaring reason to have a compact is the size of one's garage, or perhaps where one needs to drive it. If this trend continues, my next ride will most likely be a sedan: more for the money and about as good of fuel mileage, to boot.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    Another recycled article on "What's Hot"? And all it does is quote EPA ratings as if they are always reflected in the real world. This would be more useful, interesting, and "Hot" if you had done an actual mileage test on some of these cars. You know, the kind of thing you used to do before you got reabsorbed by the Edmunds corporate blob.

  • aznable aznable Posts:

    I like how insideline was replaced with edmunds whats hot, which posts tripe like this. Thanks, Edmunds. This kind of fluff is why I don't have a bookmark for your site anymore.

  • 1free1 1free1 Posts:

    We've owned our 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco 6 speed manual since December 2011, and with over 50,000 miles on it, it has been getting between 42 to 44 miles per gallon on a regular basis since we purchased it. My wife uses this primarily as a commuter car for work and school and we are quite happy with this car, which has many more features and far better fuel mileage than the 34 mpg 2007 Nissan Versa it replaced. At close to $20,000 less than a Prius and without the expensive batteries and Toyota recalls, we are very glad to have made the choice of purchasing this fun to drive vehicle and highly recommend it.

  • vailjackp_ vailjackp_ Posts:

    You don't make any comment about the power adequacy

  • poemtree poemtree Posts:

    wayhew, nothing fishy. The new engines are better and more efficient, and much, much cleaner. The enemy of MPG (other than driver habits) is weight. Modern crash test standards add much weight to new cars, which greatly offset the benefits of newer engines and transmissions.

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