Originally Posted by 2012ISport
Well in our case we took a 400 mile trip to NYC last summer when temps were above 70F. We took the I 90 the whole way which is fairly flat. We filled up with regular unleaded which can contain up to 10% ethanol and for testing purposes we set the cruise at 65mph which is also the speed limit. Our outcome was a horrible 30.5 mpg hand calculated, display showed 32.7 mpg. Now other than using ethanol free gas which may help a little but is not available how could we possibly achieve the epa estimate.
And yes our mpg gauge is consistently off 1.5 -2.0 mpg which is another issue I have with the car.
I pass people all the time going 10 or 15 mph below the speed limit on my commute. It's hardly inconceivable that those people bragging about high 30's or low 40's just drive really, really, slowly.
The real test is how they compare in real world driving compared to the EPA numbers by independent testers - and we've already seen how the Impreza is two standard deviations below a sampling chosen by a mpg defender...
Anybody can get anything depending on how they drive. I can get 50 mpg if I drive slowly enough. The fact of the matter is those with 5 speeds just have no clue how poorly the cvt does on gas, and those who ridicule people honestly trying to figure out what's wrong are just idiots.