Originally Posted by Indydi
Well, it appears that bias is making its way into these figures. Wonder how much Ford paid them to get those results. I'd rather go with Consumer Reports, one of the few unbiased sources out there. The Elantra got 3mpg better than both versions of the Cruze they tested. New Focus hasn't been tested yet, so the verdict is still out on that one.
Even C&D, which I do consider a biased source, had the Elantra doing better than the Cruze. The Focus got only 1 mpg better than the Elantra, which is hardly worth bragging about. The Cruze (tied with the Mazda3 s Sport) got the worst mpg of all five cars in their May comparo.
I'd consider the Focus and Elantra equals as far as mpg, and technically for me, the Focus would be worse as I'd get the stick shift. People don't realize how little difference a few mpg makes (especially those who fork out $1000 more for an SFE package to get 1 mpg more). But I seriously doubt the numbers you quoted. No one else is seeing the Cruze beat the Elantra, so that calls into question all the other figures.
My 3-day Elantra rental gave me 44mpg on a trip that combined mostly highway with some city, and 30 in the city. I got 39mpg in gusty rain going 70-80 mph. I couldn't believe a small car could handle those conditions so well and also get that kind of mpg.
I'm hoping to find a Focus to rent sometime before we're ready to buy, but as of right now, I'm going with the Elantra.
The Cruze in the Popular Mechanics test was an ECO version with a 6 speed manual. The Cruze in the other published tests were automatics.
Here are the details in the Popular Mechanics test:
"... the essential element of PM's test was a meandering trip through California's midsection, from Santa Barbara to San Francisco Along the way, we plied city streets, highways and two-laners to get a real-world assessment of how much fuel these cars drink."
Here are the cars and the results:
1. VW Jetta TDI, 6 speed manual - EPA city/hwy ratings - 30/42, Test results 40.4 mpg
2. 2012 Ford Focus SFE - 6 speed auto-manual - EPA city/hwy - 28/40, Test results 38.6
3. Chevrolet Cruze Eco - 1.4 Liter Turbo, 6 speed manual - EPA city/hwy ratings 28/42, Test results 36.7
4. Fiat 500 - 5 speed manual - EPA city/hwy ratings - 30/38, Test results 34.6 mpg
5. Hyundai Elantra - 6 speed auto - EPA city/hwy - 29/40, Test results 32.3