Originally Posted by stevehnm
it's clear from the discussion on this board that more CVT owners try to get their EPA estimates so drive more slowly.
Further, there are more CVT's getting below the bottom 5MT figure than there are CVT's getting above the top 5MT figure.
Your first sentence is a theory that you have no evidence for, other than wishful thinking -- not to mention it is the polar opposite of how you drive your CVT! (really your same lame theory as "5 speed owners are enthusiasts" so they race around, pedal to the metal, lol)
Your second sentence is showing you still have no idea what COMBINED mpg means. As it pertains to the HWY mileage of CVT's vs 5 speeds, who cares if more CVT's show up on the lower end of the Combined MPG range, if more of those miles are CITY driving, it makes perfect sense.
The distribution of data on Fuelly that you are referencing in your second sentence also does not tell you if the CVT gets better or worse HWY mpg's than the 5 speed (see above, you are really having trouble grasping that Combined mpg's involves averaging
numbers, it is a pretty simple math concept)
However the Fuelly data is revealing, can't you see that the top mpg's are achieved with the CVT, not the 5 speed, exactly as predicted by the EPA test.