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Old 10-02-2012, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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any 50mpg+ luxury cars out there?

I started with a 93 Honda dx that attracted too much attention from.cops and thieves. It would get 40mpg when running but I had the transmission go out twice.

Anyways when I drove the car I didn't realize how bad the car was beating up my body. I got into my stock 99 Monte Carlo and I felt like I was riding on air and in a luxuries car.. I didn't realize that from driving.the stock Honda hatch, my body was sore and beaten from the ride.
Is there such a thing.as a 50mpg+ BMW/Mercedes/etc luxury car out there?

Also. I'm looking at finding.an old 50+MPG VW 4 door model( 5 door I guess if you count the hatch) any good 4 door high MPG cars? I do like the style of the Geo metro, the body style is cool but the nice body is 2 door
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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probably the closest you'll get is a lexus hybrid.
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BMW has a larger sedan out now, V8 I believe, 8-speed automatic with manual shifting. Supposedly low-40s MPG, which is surprising for its size. I only saw it on the American version of Top Gear, and I don't remember the Dewey decimal system model number.
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BMW cars have rather good gas mileage since their engines are tricked out with state of the art everything. Seeing the EPA ratings on the new F30 328, a 50mpg tank might be possible. Those engines are really something, Valvetronic, piezoelectric direct injectors, twin scroll turbo with electronic wastegate control...the only production technology they *don't* have is variable geometry turbo.
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Try one of the 2012 VW Passat TDI SEL models. Perhaps not as plush as a true luxury car like a BMW/Mercedes, but definitely a step up from a nearly two decade old civic. Audi has a couple TDI models too, I think.
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A newer civic hybrid will feel like a luxury car compared to your old dx. Maybe an 03 or above. I had an 01 ex and it felt good.

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If you are going for comfort and good mpg, you won't get much better than a Toyota Camry Hybrid. While not considered a luxury vehicle, it has a plush, boring ride like you describe, and can be optioned out with luxury features. People get low to mid 40s out of it. The 2013 Avalon is basically a luxury Camry and will be offered with the same engine and hybrid system, which implies a similar 40s mpg.

The Audi A3 TDI can get 40, although I have no experience and can't comment on the ride quality.

Lexus has a CT 200h hybrid that is good for 50mpg. Again, I have no comment on the ride quality.

When I was shopping for a car, I wanted good fuel economy (4 cylinder), agile handling, and a decent amount of power. I found the TSX yo be the perfect compromise between all of those things, although the ride is harsh due to the sporty nature.
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In the US, the Passat or Jetta TDI is about the closest you'll get to luxury with 50+ mpg. Older benz TDs will get maybe into the mid-high thirties.
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BMW cars have rather good gas mileage since their engines are tricked out with state of the art everything. Seeing the EPA ratings on the new F30 328, a 50mpg tank might be possible. Those engines are really something, Valvetronic, piezoelectric direct injectors, twin scroll turbo with electronic wastegate control...the only production technology they *don't* have is variable geometry turbo.
one of the 3-series has start/stop at lights!
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I would say check out a TDI I love mine worst tank was 42.2 best of 50.9. The ride is smooth now that I have tires that are round (at42psi). I would say the ride is as smooth as driving a bonneville with the air level suspension.

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