View Single Post
Old 01-23-2019, 11:58 AM   #520 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
kach22i's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Posts: 3,437
Thanks: 11
Thanked 2,210 Times in 1,553 Posts
Originally Posted by litesong View Post
Dodge Caliber..... Hyundai Elantra
What makes you convinced the mpg differences you saw between a Cross-Over and a Sedan were exclusively the results of aerodynamics?

Dodge Caliber: crossover-like compact cars, 2007-2012
Drag Coefficient 0.375 (original Neon: 0.34)
2013 Hyundai Elantra: You’ve come a long way, baby
The window lines are well done, making the Elantra look low, long and sleek. Coefficient of drag is a very wind cheating 0.28.
The Elantra looks more aerodynamic than the Neon based Caliber, and the numbers bear this out. In addition, the Caliber has higher drag than the Neon of which it is based on.

I'd be more inclined to declare the Dodge Caliber "unaerodynamic" if it's numbers were appreciably higher than it's contemporary competition or even compared to the Neon. Comparing it to the Elantra is a bit of a stretch, but I can see the point if one were promoting cars over cross-overs.

To my eyes without putting the Caliber to the aero-template, good roof-line, too high of ground clearance, and wheels flares are drag queens. I like the rear spoiler for clean air detachment though.
Architect, Artist and Designer of Objects

1977 Porsche 911s Targa
1998 Chevy S-10 Pick-Up truck
1989 Scat II HP Hovercraft

Chin Spoiler:

Rear Spoiler Pick Up Truck

Roof Wing
  Reply With Quote