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Old 09-25-2014, 04:46 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Mirage 5-speed drivers are beating the automatic too (CVT)

Sorry!

Back to the original topic, here's some more grist for the mill:

Of 60 Mitsu Mirage 1.2L owners tracking fuel economy on MirageForum.com, the manual drivers are beating the CVT drivers, despite the CVT's better EPA ratings:
  • CVT (27 cars): 42.1 MPG (US) = 5.6 L/100 km
  • 5-spd (33 cars): 44.2 MPG (US) = 5.3 L/100 km
Source.

The CVT is EPA rated 40 mpg (US) combined. The 5-speed is rated at 37.

Note: there's one hard core hypermiler/EcoModder member -- 3dplane -- in the 5-speed group skewing the result (he's averaging 63 mpg US), but even when you omit his results, the manuals are still ahead.
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