Originally Posted by hemophilic
You can't really trust fuelly data. It's an interesting side note at best.
Fuelly data is only useful to Stevenhnm when he thinks it proves his theories, he just gets a little cagey when you point out that the data proves him wrong about CVT vs 5 Speed (vis a vis which transmission can provide the highest HWY mpg's). He linked to the chart, you just need to look at the cars at the very top the chart to see only CVT's reporting the very highest combined mpg's.
He hasn't figured out a way to spin that, time will tell if he can come up with something other than his latest, and not greatest response, where he just ignores the data.
Hemophilic, your car is on Fuelly, so I checked what your combined mileage is and the reported CITY vs HWY mix.
I'm not sure why you think the EPA estimates are not accurate and decided to file a complaint with the EPA.
Your overall combined average of 27mpg is pretty much what you should expect given the majority of the driving you do is self-characterized as City. The 36mpg figure is for pure Highway driving, your car is rated at 27mpg City. So your own numbers, crazy as it sounds, are extremely close to the EPA estimate they printed on your window sticker, given the type of driving you do.
My car is rated at 33mpg HWY, but I rarely drive it on the highway. My overall combined mpg's over 11,000 miles is 27.61 mpg, which is within 0.4 mpg's of the EPA Combined mpg on my window sticker (28mpg).
So I could complain that I don't see 33mpg when I look at my mpg log (not Fuelly, but "Gas Cubby" app on my iPhone), but I know that is because of the type of driving I do (really neither city nor highway, but a mix of back roads, with only a little stop and go but lots of hills and mix of speeds), so why would I?
And for the peanut gallery: My mpg's over the winter, with snow tires, cold temps, and winter blend gas, were sometimes in the mid-20's, these days it hovers closer to 30mpg for the same exact driving route, speed, and driving style. The 27.61 Combined MPG shown on my phone will start to climb over the summer, and then drop again next winter. Chalk that up to reality, not EPA complaint worthy changes.