It is pretty amazing how Hyundai went from a cheap import to best buy and great value recommendations. I think the folks referring them here are giving good advice.
A lot of people could get better mileage if they paid more attention to their driving. Each work day when I turn left onto Hwy 55 I look head to the stop light a quarter mile a head. I can usually tell when it going to go red by the walk lights. Inevitably someone turning left behind me will jackrabbit into the left lane to pass me and than have to brake for the red. A couple of seconds later I am stopped right next to them. These are the same people who gun it to 60 mph on the Mpls freeway on ramps only to have to brake down to an almost complete stop as they try to merge into the morning gridlock. Apparently their time is so valuable that the couple of seconds they gained adds up for them. I am thinking their first driving instructor told them to drive like they were trying to crack open a walnut with their accelerator pedal.
I get an easy 25 mph in town with my 2004 A4 Quattro and it weights 3800 pounds with me as the sole passenger, not light by smaller car standards. I am not talking about driving like an old fuddy-duddy (I have two Porsches in the garage) but racing between stoplights only to slam to a stop a couple of blocks later is pretty stupid.
Just can't beat that 3800. My old buick went to 230k. Tranny went out but motor was smooth.
07 Impala. 30-31 mpg at 78mph. Can't say much in town though.
Looking at a new Fusion.
We have an 07 Impala too and I will do that it does pretty well on the MPG. Even in town we've been getting over 20 MPG and it easily gets around 30 on the highway. Most cars it's all about how you drive them. If you are hammering it at every green light you won't get good in town MPG obviously.
In some cases the MPG is overrated IMO as you may be giving up some reliability, comfort, and safety all just to squeak out a few extra MPG. In the long run I'd rather have a car that I like how it drives, has plenty of space both in seating and trunk space, and is constructed well. Most of these high MPG cars seem cheaply made and are sardine cans when it comes to space.
Went through this very exercise last Oct. I was aiming for 35 MPG. Ended up with a '07 Corolla Sport. It gets 30 MPG. First Toyota, I'm very impressed at how well built and no problems. I'm currently suggesting a daughter trade her Escape for one. This won't be my last Toyota.
Just got an 09 Nissan Altima last week. Drove it to Des Moines this weekend-on the way back between Cedar Rapids and Madison (including stoplights in Dubuque/Madison) it got 32.6. Speed was probably in the 73mph range.
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