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Old 05-04-2013, 08:47 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Xist View Post
Strangely, the automatic transmissions in the Focus have a higher EPA rating than the manuals, which is why my father bought his first automatic.
THis caught my attention a couple years ago too. Looking at different late models, across the various trims, reveals that the auto transmissions usually have better gearing for FE than do their MT counterparts. Very disappointing. Seems the car makers think only "sport" buyers want the MT.
See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.

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