Originally Posted by fatfocus
Although I don't know how the EPA does it's testing, and really don't care. The average driver, with some intelligence should realize that these tests are not done in the "real world" I have yet to obtain the stated EPA values in my Focus, and probably never will. I do know that I get way better mileage (kilometerage?, 'cause I'm Canadian, eh) from this Focus than I did in my 2000 ZTS. I looked at buying a 2011 Elantra when I went "car shopping" but, we can all figure out what I bought. The Elantra was very nice, with all kinds of stuff in it, it looks pretty, and it's cheaper than a Focus for what I wanted in a car. However, I didn't like the interior appearance, it looked cheap, compared to the Focus SE I looked at, the driver's seat wasn't any good, as I would slip around in the corners, me, not the car, and to be honest, it drove like my 95 Escort.
Well, we have acheived 29 mpg city on a total average, and this is pretty darn good IMO as its my wife, driving in a heavily congested Detroit metro area all day, every weekday...what we havent acheived yet is anywhere near 37 on the highway, but we drive 70 to 75 mph...and reading the above posts the EPA looks at about 48 mph average for highway...
I guess if I were an Elantra owner and I havd a car with some miles on it, I too would be upset if I couldnt get to even 35 mpg...