Originally Posted by flyboy1100
no, not really. you can achieve the rated MPG if you slow down to a number faster than what the EPA recommends for best MPG (they still recommend 55-60mph), according to your magical scanguage (never have read about you calculating your MPG with actual numbers and odometer error) you can achieve 36mpg at 65mph.
i could provide links, but honestly there is no point. forbes published an article on 11/06/12 that essentially states the testing is flawed and ultimately it comes down to the individual as "your mileage may vary". these are AWD vehicles, they are heavier, they are not that aerodynamic, but according to you that shouldn't matter because in your world physics don't exist, but that is what the article is getting at, there are way too many factors to take the BIG BOLD number as a GUARANTEE, it is not and never will be.
ok, 1 link,
right on page 1 it goes into explaining everything i just stated, and it continues into page 2......
Sorry, either you linked to the wrong page or you are imagining things. The link does not say the best speed for mpg is 55-60 - not even the EPA would say that, because cars get better mpg at slower speeds than that. Nor does it say AWD vehicles should get less mpg in the real world than an equally rated 2wd car. If they are rated the same they are rated the same. For example compare the AWD version of another car with the 2WD version of the same car:
e.g. the Chevy Equinox, Auto, 2.4 liter.
Finally, you misread what you quoted.
"EPA ratings are a useful tool for comparing vehicles when car buying"
If that was true, Consumer Reports would not show that cars getting equivalent real world mpg are basically clumped into two groups: The Impreza which gets less than the EPA rated highway mpg for its independent test, and the rest that get more.