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Old 04-23-2013, 11:13 PM   #4170
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2013 Impreza Spt cvt


Sounds like my 10 year old Corolla I was planning to replace. I think at 75 at sea level it would be like 80 up here at 6,000 feet or so elevation. My Corolla is rated the same (renormed 2008) as the CVT Impreza we just bought, but gets easily 7 or 8 mpg more running the same freeway commute, driving the same way. At that speed I think you would indeed get better mpg with the 5MT than the CVT. The engine just doesn't seem to have enough oomph to keep the CVT in high at speed with even a little grade, and the 5MT is geared a little lower.

As aeoporta shows, you will be making $6.32 per hour by slowing down from 75 to 55 - is your time during your commute (vs. family time or productive work time) worth more than that, or do you enjoy driving along at 55 mph with everyone else passing you like some others here do?

I would use the Consumer Reports' highway mpg figures for comparison, they seem to be more relatively consistent when it comes to the Impreza - although the 5MT gets better mpg than the CVT on - still not quite up to the competition, but maybe close enough considering the quality...
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