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Kyle’s Corner (FYI) Belonging is important: The 40 mpg club

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It is always good to belong to a ‘top-notch’ club. The members of the group enjoy the comradery, exchange ideas and just plain old have a good time!

Vehicles can also be formed into groups such as the 40 mpg club. Sometimes it is hard for ‘nonmembers’ to know what is going on in the club, however, here is some information about this quite exclusive automotive group.

As with most clubs, there is usually some competition and it is no different with this vehicle gathering.

And who are the competitors? Well, they include the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, Ford Focus SFE, Honda Civic HF, Hyundai Elantra GLS, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

Let’s start with one of the most important things first – how much they cost. The cars’ MSRPs range from $15,515 to $25,795. And the cars’ city and highway mpg? They get from 29 city to 42 mpg highway.

Ok, we have some idea of the price and mpgs, however, one last question. Are these 40 mpg cars something that you would like to actually own and drive?

At the present automotive time, all of these cars provide adequate acceleration, good fit and finish as well as excellent dependability. So for day-in and day-out transportation, they are something that you would likely enjoy driving.

However, since the focus of this article is on miles per gallon, how do they perform in real world driving? Here are the numbers.

The average highway miles per gallon when driving at the speed limit are as follows:

Chevrolet Cruze Eco - 40.4

Ford Focus SFE - 38

Honda Civic HF - 39.7

Hyundai Elantra GLS - 36.2

Mazda 3 – 38.4

Volkswagen Jetta TDI - 41.6

How much does the miles per gallon for each car vary when they are driven by four different drivers (in other words between let’s say another driver and you)? The standard deviation between drivers for each car is:

Chevrolet Cruze Eco – 2.7 mpg between drivers

Ford Focus SFE - .3 mpg between drivers (notice this is only .3 rather than 3)

Honda Civic HF – 1.2 mpg between drivers

Hyundai Elantra GLS – 3.1 mpg between drivers

Mazda 3 – 2.9 mpg between drivers

Volkswagen Jetta TDI – 1.2 mpg between drivers

What is the actual MSRP for each car? Here are the numbers (realize that these are starting prices):

Chevrolet Cruze Eco - $16,800

Ford Focus SFE - $16,220

Honda Civic HF - $19,445

Hyundai Elantra GLS - $17,595

Mazda 3 - $15,515

Volkswagen Jetta TDI - $25,795

Want to learn more about the finer points of these autos? Look for my upcoming reviews for each of these 40 mpg drives.

The 40 mpg car club: Belonging can indeed be important to the pocketbook!

Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save Money.” His automotive site: www.DriveTheBestBook.com includes an exclusive article just for you, additional car articles, information about Kyle Busch and his 510,000 mile car, and you can even submit your automotive questions and get expert answers. Follow Kyle on Facebook and Twitter.

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