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Old 09-10-2019, 07:46 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Ecky View Post
This is my exact experience with the 07-08 Fit, yes.

Different drivers, but my SO is regularly getting 45-49mpg in her 07 manual Fit, whereas my brother averages just about EPA in his 08 automatic - low 30's. The auto has much better top gearing than the manual, so it's not intuitive to me why this is.

Here's my guess: the auto seems to hold onto gears much longer - she shifts somewhere around 1500-2000rpm - and I expect the torque converter isn't locked up all the much in the auto.
Have him read Percent of Engine Load via an easily read gauge. You do the same.
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