Source: Consumer Watchdog
quote: Had I known the car wouldn't get over 32 mpg at 70mph then I'd have just stuck with my Jetta and not gotten a new car. I used to do those drives at 80-95 mph in my Jetta and still got 26-28 mpg. Why in the world did I buy a new car that's supposed to be tested to a more real world standard and claims 37 mpg highway to get something barely better than my 2004 Jetta?
quote: When you add these two together, both slow and high speeds consume more fuel. 40-50 mph is about where the sum of these two yield the least energy required per distance traveled.
quote: you should know that different cars perform differently at different speeds.
quote: It sounds to me that you let your guard down because of these magic one-size fits all numbers that the gov't comes up with.
quote: Hence the EPA's testing standards and the changes they made in 2007 to them to more accurately reflect real world conditions.
quote: The government didn't come up with these numbers, the manufacturers did.
quote: Who's real world conditions? You missed my point I think.
quote: Yes they did and the gov't checked them
quote: Checked isn't the same as actually doing the testing. People 'check' a lot of things without actually checking anything.
quote: and [the gov't] said, "Yup, you guys are right on the money! We'll endorse your car with our seal of accuracy!"
quote: I got your point and you seem to be missing mine. 70 mph is real world conditions [sic]. MN and Iowa both have interstate speed limits of 70 mph.