Originally Posted by BrysImpreza
I'm on there too Zeeper, and if you look at the average for 2012, It's 27.7, 26.7 for 2013.
Calculated, the city MPG is 27, Highway is 36, making the combined being 31.5MPG.
So that means the 2012 is on average 12% off the mark, 15% for 2013.
Hyundai and Honda got punished for a fleet average LESS THAN 10%
If you search through Fuelly there are 16 people who have met the 31.5 MPG mark, out of 211 cars.
So 7.6% of people make the mark. That does not seem like many people to me.
Don't forget that the manual transmission cars are rated lower than the CVT, mine is rated 25 city, 33 highway and 28 combined. Fuelly includes both manual and CVT models in their data. So your 12% off the mark calculation is wrong, as it does not take into account the lower expected average for 5 speeds.
Also, the cars on Fuelly were mostly there since new, so the Fuel economy includes engine break-in. No one should expect MPG's to meet EPA numbers until the car is broken in, my car started to show better numbers after 3,000 miles, though that also corresponded with warmer temps and non-winter fuel.
So 1-2 mpg off the window sticker combined fuel average is not much, and won't win you any class action lawsuits. If you've been on fuelly for a while (I was, now I just track it all on my iPhone with Gas Cubby) you know that combined average has been climbing, not dropping. That is evidence that after break in MPG's are increasing.
I will go way out on a limb (not really) and predict here in writing that the combined MPG number shown for the 2013's will also be climbing over time as the engines get broken in.