Why Turbocharged Cars Don’t Live Up To the MPG Hype and What Mazda is Doing About It
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 they’re failing miserably.
While turbocharged cars fare very well on the EPA test cycle, it seems like most consumers aren’t 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, it’s not uncommon to find the owners of turbocharged vehicles like the Ford F-150
Golf and Mercedes-Benz CLA 250
and reporting MPG numbers about 2 MPG lower than the EPA’s ratings.
Are automakers lying about the MPGs cars can achieve? Not exactly, since cars are tested using the same method the EPA uses. It’s the test that’s a bit of a problem.
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