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Old 04-14-2021, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Top mpg nin hybrid cars at 70+ mph?

Edit: I meant to put "70 MPH" in the Title of thread. Not MPG

HI. I live in Texas where i have a 50 mile one way commute on the 70mph+ freeway. Im in search for a non hybrid car that that gets the best mpg at 70mph. Ive been doing some research on this site, and I couldn't find a list of the top cars. So far I see that the Honda Insight G1, Geo Metro, and Mitsubishi Mirage. I have been told to avoid the common jatco cvt's for reliability issues. So i would prefer a manual. I see that the Mirage 5 speed is getting 40 mpg at 70mph. Im hoping for a something better than that. I think im concerned about the reliability of the metro and insight, because of age. Could someone please post a list or link of the top 5 to 10 cars, that get mpg on the freeway? Thanks


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Old 04-14-2021, 02:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I came across this video on youtube of a guy that claims he gets 60 mpg at 65mph in his 5 speed chevy spark, when blocking the lower grill. I really like this number. Does anyone know if this is accurate? I cant post a link yet. But here is the youtube video title.

60 MPG on a Chevy Spark 2013 with FRONT GRILL BLOCK- Great Gas Mileage

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I would look for a diesel powered car, they generaly have great fuel efficiency at such speeds and distances.
Biggest downside is that they hate short trips and take some time to warm up, but that's likely not an issue for you.
Anything 1.9 TDi should get great efficiency at that speed.
Ideal would be a Lupo/A2 with the 1.2 TDi, these cars get some 100 mpg from the factory.
However I would suggest dropping your speed a little for better fuel efficiency, no need to go as fast as you are allowed to all the time.
Also grill blocks are a terrible idea in hot conditions as your engine will overheat.
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...this video on youtube of a guy that claims he gets 60 mpg ...
A lot depends on the driver. Maybe he only goes 45mph.
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A lot depends on the driver. Maybe he only goes 45mph.
In the video he is going 65
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I highly doubt a Spark is getting 60 mpg at 65 mph with just a grill block.
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I highly doubt a Spark is getting 60 mpg at 65 mph with just a grill block.
Only 70mpg at 70mph car I’m aware of is the basjoose car,

Even the original insight needs a perfect environment for that outcome


Having driven a Spark, grill block or not 35mpg is more likely

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Chevy Bolt is not a hybrid (full EV) and can cover that commute daily. New they are selling for low $20k, and used you might find them around $13k. Once the stop sale is lifted we might see them much lower, perhaps down to $10k.

I'd certainly run an EV if I had a lengthy daily commute. No wasted time at the petrol station, no wasted time with oil changes, and cheap "fuel".

Some complain about seat comfort, so check that beforehand.

Curious why hybrid is a deal killer? The Ford Fusion hybrid is fantastic and gets 45 MPG. Smooth quiet ride.
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https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...e-nonelectric/

https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...-economy-test/



(I can't remember if there was a list here on E.M. or not for best MPG non hybrid cars. Also, the G1 I nsight was a hybrid. )
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https://ecomodder.com/forum/bestgasmileage.php

I would recommend checking this out to see who is getting what in what (mouthful haha). Driving style, commute length, etc. No one is even getting 70 mpg right now, so probably the only way you would get that much is with some elbow grease.

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