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Performance Mods, Engine, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#4000 of 4019 Fuel economy Vehicles
Apr 07, 2007 (4:28 pm)
In 1992 I had the Geo Metro (which was a Suzuki Swift), it was a standard shift with a 3 cylinder engine. With the AC running and driving 70 to 75 mph I still averaged 45 miles to the gallon commuting back and forth to work. Now looking through the economy cars of today there are none that do that well (that are low cost), even Suzuki doesn't have one that does that good anymore, atleast in the USA. Why are cars going backwards in the fuel economy area?
#4001 of 4019 Re: Fuel economy Vehicles [orphanmist]
Apr 07, 2007 (7:23 pm)
Very good question and welcome to the Forum.
#4002 of 4019 Re: Fuel economy Vehicles [orphanmist]
Apr 07, 2007 (10:40 pm)
While I don't often do 75 mph, I do plenty of 65-70 mph and run the A/C in my Echo just as much as I like, and average 41 mpg around town, 46-50 mpg on all-highway trips.
And it's a 4-cylinder with a good 40 horses more than the old 3-cyl Swift, and it's pretty low-cost. There are still one or two models out there, they are just getting harder to find.
My thinking is, they shouldn't BE this hard to find now, with the gas prices so elevated and going into their third year in that state.
#4003 of 4019 Re: Fuel economy Vehicles [nippononly]
Apr 08, 2007 (6:21 am)
That is pretty good these days, I saw some on the Carmax site and as late as 2004. Did the Yaris replace the Echo or was it and addition to their lineup?
I was just surprised to look at the year to year fuel economy on some of the vehicles that have been around for a little while and it appeared that the mpg's were going down instead of up.
Thanks for your input nippononly, it will give me something to look at as I'm looking for a good economy commuter car.
#4004 of 4019 Re: Fuel economy Vehicles [orphanmist]
Apr 08, 2007 (6:29 am)
You saw it as it is. The fuel mileage has gone down as the HP and size goes up. We are in a HP race in this country. Not that many of us are interested in fuel economy. For example the Camry is a luxo barge compared to a 1990 Camry.
#4005 of 4019 Re: Fuel economy Vehicles [orphanmist]
Apr 09, 2007 (11:20 am)
The Yaris replaced the Echo, in fact the Echo was called the Yaris in all the other countries where it was sold, except Canada!
The new Yaris is rated just about the same from the EPA, down one point for highway and that's it, so you should be able to do about the same in the new model as I do in mine.
Apr 23, 2007 (7:08 pm)
This looks to be a viable future car to go beyond fuel economy. The car runs on "compressed air". Check it out on the web. Someone in France has a better idea and its just around the corner. I like what I see. Coming soon to a dealer near you...I hope. We'll see.
#4008 of 4019 Re: Audi Metroproject Quattro [rockylee]
Oct 23, 2007 (11:53 am)
Well, ugly or not....48 mpg and an electric range of 62 miles will be a hell of a selling point.
#4009 of 4019 Re: Audi Metroproject Quattro [nortsr1]
Oct 23, 2007 (4:08 pm)
The Volt, will be cheaper, better, and better looking but otherwise I agree.