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We are considering buying the Eco w/ M6 tranny. Its main competitor is the Prius.

We know the Prius will do better - the question is how much better. We do about 80% of our driving on country roads (speed limit of 55, stop at a stop sign every mile or two), and 20% suburban.

Anybody want to estimate what kind of actual mileage we would get?

For those of you seeing 40+...are most of your miles on highways at 65+ MPH?

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Do you mind if I ask what you drive now?
Our other car is a Vibe. Our next car will be replacing a '99 Outback.

Quite honestly, the difference between an ECO and a Prius is quite negligble. It'd take more than 8 years for gas to pay for that difference.
I don't think it's that simple. How and where you drive the car will have a large impact.

Definitely pick the car you'd be happy with and would have fun driving. I have an ECO and I love it. I've driven my mom's Prius from time to time and it's very dull - not to mention I just found out how appalling the turning radius is. I had to do a three point turn where my ECO coul make the U-turn with 5 feet to spare.
And I'm assuming you're doing this for your own benefit and not the environment's but I'll throw it out anyway: over the entire production and lifespan, a Prius is more damaging to the environment than a Hummer. The production of those batteries has created miles and miles of dead terrain.
One of the reasons we want a car w/ high MPG is because we want to use less oil.

Do you have a reference for the claim you make above? I saw something similar last year which had ridiculous assumptions, such as the Prius lasting 100K miles and the Hummer lasting 300K miles...
 

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I think the reason he said that the difference between the two is negligable is because of the up front cost difference of the 2 vehicles. Unless you are planning to get a used Prius that is cost similar. The difference in the $7000+ up front cost can make Prius(Monthly Payment + Gas) >= Cruze(Monthly Payment + Gas) for several years.
Yes, I understand that. And your number is correct - the Prius is roughly $7000 more than the Cruze (at the trim levels we're considering).

We are planning on buying a Cruze, but only because the difference in mileage probably will be pretty small (roughly 5 MPG), by my estimate. However, if both cars were driven primarily in city traffic, the difference would probably be more like 20 MPG, which would change the computations significantly.
 

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@ Feh

It also depends on how you drive city. My best milage on this car so far is city driving. I assume that by wanting to use less oil, you are saying you are more eco friendly?
Better for the environment, but also better for my wallet and the nation.

I just recently got 46 mpg city, I have achived above 42 city on multiple occations so its not a fluke. With slow accelerations, coastings, and driving in the highest gear possible its easy to achieve 40+ city. Even in Downtown Toronto on the weekend at night I was able to get 37 - 39 city.

At 55 - 60 mph you will probably see 47 - 50. I have gotten 52mpg @ 64 mph but that required truck drafting.
Wow! I'm hoping we can average 40. Anything over that will be icing on the cake.

What type of transmission? I'm shocked your city numbers are so much higher than the EPA numbers.
 
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