I just read that the new 2009 Toyota Corolla will get 34 mpg.
However I just read A ford Advertisement that says the Focus gets 50
mpg. How can that be ? As well, another advertisement that says 36
mpg for the Ford Taurus 2008 model. Obviously the numbers don't mean
the same thing per manufacturer. Can someone explain this to me.
Where did you read that a Taurus would deliver 36 MPG?
Everyone is required by law to use the same government standards and tests
for mileage, so there's very little room to hedge in advertising.
Starting with this model year ('08) the method for calculating mileage was
changed. As a result, most vehicles lost mileage even though nothing
changed. However the numbers do mean precisely the same thing per
manufacturer as per the official government approved test method
You could be looking at raw data from two model years that don't agree or
you may be quoting claims by an individual on a newsgroup which is otherwise
unverifiable. Different mileage from different models is not confusing, 50
seems high even without checking
In general most drivers experience significantly lower actual mileage in
practice than what the sticker said. Few of us drive the exact pattern of
hills and dales at the exact speed as in the mileage test method.
Here is the government official answer:
and the results for all cars and light trucks here
Note they are updating this weekly due to wildly rising fuel prices.
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