Originally Posted by G2Spfld
My neighbor has a 5-speed corolla which inspired me to get a more fuel efficient car as well. So I understand where you are coming from. I did realize that by getting the impreza due to the awd that it might not be the most fuel efficient car I could buy, but with all features considered I felt it was my best choice. I needed the room, and had to have an awd period. It seemed to be the best choice. I deal with so many people with work that I adopted the "trust but verify" mentality.
You can download the EPA mpg figures from here:
and you can see that identical models with AWD and 2WD get different mpg numbers - same engine, transmission, etc. just with AWD or 2WD. That means that the adjustment for the different drivetrains is already compensated for, so any
vehicle rated at 36 mpg highway should get the same mpg under the same highway conditions.