I saw a very whiny story on NBC news the other night - complaining
about cars not getting nearly the mileage their owners were led to
believe by the EPA stickers. This always happens when gas prices go up
and the media is complicit in the "blame the EPA for my lousy mileage"
mentality. There was NO MENTION of driving habits, maintenance or
inflating tires properly.
They even had the nerve to criticize the EPA for neglecting to let the
car idle in traffic for a while during the test. DUH... should you
complain that your mileage won't be quite up to the estimate if you are
NOT MOVING while your engine is running?
Assuming the tests are fair across manufacturers, I believe it's pretty
easy to achieve the EPA numbers (at a minimum) in everyday driving if
you drive conservatively and take care of your car. My 4-cyl 87 Camry
was rated at 25/31 and I consistently made 27 or 28 mpg around town for
the 15-1/2 years I owned it. It easily did 40 mpg or better on the
highway at 65. My current 03 Matrix is also rated at 25/31 and I am
consistently hitting 30 mpg in mostly suburban driving. It's not quite
as good as the Camry on the highway (35 or so) but I also drive it
Come on people, if you are myopic enough to buy gas guzzling cars, let
the tires go flat and drive with a lead foot, then at least stop
complaining... and please.... LEARN HOW TO DRIVE
Thanks for reading my little rant...