|Quoting AirCop (Reply 6):|
Taken from Ford directly:
2008 Ford Escort : $1,500 Max Rebate Cash $12,895 after max rebate
I think you mean the Focus. The Escort (which was smaller than the Focus) has been out of production for several years. IIRC, 2001 was the last year for the Escort sedan; my mother has one of them.
I've seen a few Versa's around. IMHO, the notchback's styling isn't too bad but the hatchback is one of the ugliest cars I've ever seen.
When one person at my church traded their older Sentra sedan for a Versa hatchback and brought it over, all I could to say to them politely
was, "I hope you enjoy your new car.
" while restraining myself from gagging.
|Quoting MaidensGator (Reply 26):|
It makes no sense at all that they can't get more miles from that little thing...
Part of the issue is (and I've said this before in other related-threads) that in order for a gasoline-powered
car to obtain better fuel economy (or at least rival that of the small cars of the 1980s); one has to detune
the car's performance in addition to keeping the weight down (cars today are automatically heavier than their 20-year-old predecessors due to the increase of mandated safety features). One needs to keep in mind that many gas-powered cars that achieved 40+ mpg on the highway in the past ALSO:
1. Could NOT do 0-60 mph in under 10 seconds.
2. Were NOT equipped with an automatic transmissions.
3. Did NOT have airbags and side-impact beams.
That stuff just adds up.
|Quoting Superfly (Reply 31):|
The Pontiac G6 with it's more potent 2.4 liter 4-cylinder that puts out 148HP gets 35MPG and 25 city.
Granted that car cost a little more but gets better fuel economy than this rinky-dink Nissan Versa.
There are some V6 engines that achieve nearly the same feul economy as this stripped down Versa.
The one thing I've noticed that the smaller the vehicle, the more noticeable the slightest bit of extra weight can impact that particular vehicle's fuel economy. True story, I once knew somebody that had a 4-cylinder Isuzu PUP truck that when it was fully loaded with people and cargo in the bed; it got worse
mileage than my V8
Crown Vic under similar loading conditions. On a 3+ hour trip to central PA; he had to stop at least TWICE to refuel his truck vs. my only having to stop once... and that was just was just before the return trip home.
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