Originally Posted by G2Spfld
I would rather take the word of ALMOST anyone on this board over any recommendation CR makes. At least I know there isn't any monetary influence here.
This is not a reliability review. As has been said, CR is only as good as the responses to the questionaires they send out anyway.
That said, this is a simple quantitive test, and one should not confuse anecdotes of those with CVT's with the feeble minded support of Subaru of America by those in this CVT thread that drive 5MT's.
The most important and remarkable part of this is the extremely high correlation in precision of the Consumer Reports test with the EPA test. While there is a bias offset, the fact that once that is removed (along with the Subarus) the two tests, while offset, are within +/- 1.5 mpg for 11 different vehicles. We could not even get anywhere near that close here with 11 different drivers of the same
In fact, the 11 non-Subarus have a standard deviation of 1.19 mpg from their average of less than 30 mpg, which means that the Impreza at "36 mpg" comes out as one in 5 million away from the others. Quite optimistic at least, wouldn't you say?