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Why Turbocharged Cars Donít Live Up To the MPG Hype and What Mazda is Doing About It



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More and more cars are hitting the market with small turbocharged engines in an effort to boast high MPG numbers, but in the real world theyíre failing miserably.

While turbocharged cars fare very well on the EPA test cycle, it seems like most consumers arenít seeing that same range once the car hits the road. Consumer Reports and Green Car Reports both came to the same conclusion: that the advertised numbers are unrealistic to achieve.

Looking at Fuelly.com, itís not uncommon to find the owners of turbocharged vehicles like the Ford F-150, VW Golf and Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and reporting MPG numbers about 2 MPG lower than the EPAís ratings.

Are automakers lying about the MPGs cars can achieve? Not exactly, since cars are tested using the same method the EPA uses. Itís the test thatís a bit of a problem.
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The real problem here is consumer stupidity. Obviously if you drive your car hard/inefficiently you will never get the EPA estimates. It is also entirely possible to beat the EPA estimates. I could get 32 MPG in my old mazdaspeed3 (when it was already 6 years old), whereas the best EPA estimate was 28.

Rather than fix the test, fix the consumer!


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