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Old 04-19-2011, 02:38 PM   #21
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Location: Milwaukee, WI
2011 WRX 5-door


Yes, I used to have a 2002 WRX (bought in late '03) before I bought the FJ in 2007. And yes, the FJ is pretty much ugly accept from a couple of choice angles.

My WRX is getting 22.5 MPG all around average. Just got the forester last night so I don't know about that one yet. The FJ was supposed to get premium in it but I never put it in.

I know these aren't accurate in reality but here are the EPA estimated mileages for all 4 cars. At least an equal comparison can be made:

Avg before: 22.5/28
Avg after: 20/26

FJ: 17/21
Mazda 3: 28/35
WRX: 19/25
Forester: 21/27

So we are actually worse off now if we drove both vehicles equally both before and after but we had additional issues before like we never took her Mazda ANYWHERE because it was too uncomfortable for me to drive for more than half an hour so we always took the FJ. My wife also HATED driving the FJ because it has terrible blind spots.

She only had so many miles on the Mazda because we used to live a lot closer to my work and she had like a 120 mile round trip commute. Now we can take the Forester everywhere when we go on longer trips which will improve us by 7 MPG when we travel on longer drives. (We visit family an hour away a lot as well).

Additionally, when I got the WRX (higher gas mileage was only a by-product) we didn't intend on getting a Forester as well but we quickly realized that with our golf bags and 2 black labs, it just wasn't going to work without an SUV.
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