I totally agree with what you said. I use it as a basis for things I have less than convincing opinions about. My point is just that it seems like a hundred pages of topics mostly ( possibly even loosely) based on a CR study seems a little crazy. I don't know exactly what to expect from my CVT for milage, heck I've had it a week and a half and put 1400 miles on it. I know I bought it because it has a great awd system, sporty, and reliable. I also bought a vehicle in general for better milage than my hemi ram was getting. So I'm very very pleased with the 34 mpg I had from highway, and 32+ from city driving. Is it 36 mpg, no. But as the advertisements say ( or used to anyway) up to 36 mpg on the highway.
Maybe we need a big surgeon general label somewhere telling us minions it just might not get 36 mpg as was tested. Maybe someone can ring up Washington and see if we can waste more tax dollars on that. I research everything before I buy or do anything myself. I knew going in that 30+ might be all I get on the highway. I made the decision for better or worse to buy the Subaru over any other car because it offered more to me than just milage.