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Old 02-20-2014, 01:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 53.78 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 66.29 mpg (US)
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Keep in mind, the estimated numbers are 5-cycle (EPA style), not the old 2-cycle NRCAN "optimistic" tests.

In other words: the 5-cycle numbers will be easy for anyone to beat with careful driving, and beat by a wide margin with serious effort.

But I agree: with a 109 hp engine, the car won't be winning eco-driving contests. It's got twice the power of an old Metro (though it carries ~400 lbs more weight).

The draw is price, price, price. I guess that sticking the Versa's drivetrain in this platform is what lets them keep the price down.

Mirage trumps it despite slightly higher initial cost IMO.
It'd be interesting to calculate payback period for the Mirage.
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