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Not sure I'm impressed

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So I am sure that all of you guys know about the NY auto show that is going on right now. I've been trying to keep in the loop about whats going on and saw several cars that were revealed at the show.

One of the two cars that I thought were interesting was the intro of the 2012 Mazda 3. The new mazda 3 is supposed to be paired with SkyActiv-G engine and transmission. This combo delivers 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque from a 2.0 liter DI engine. The car is also expected to get 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the hwy.

The other car that I thought was interesting was the 2013 Chevy Malibu ECO. The car has a 2.4L DI I4 with an eAssist mild hybrid system that delivers 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the hwy for the mid-sized Malibu. With the engine producing 180 hp and the mild electric motor adding another 15 hp, the combined 195 hp should give the car some pretty good performance right?

With all of these very high FE cars coming out, it just seems that the numbers for the ct200h are a bit subpar. I do admit though, I love the design of the car and the interior looks very neat (haven't actually test driven it yet), but the 0-60 times of almost 10 seconds while at the same time delivering on 40 mpg on the hwy seems kinda outdated by comparison.

Does anyone think the same thing? What would we expect if Lexus combined the engine from the new mazda 3 with their hybrid system? Would we get much better performance and higher FE?

EDIT: FIY, I am not really a car guy and all the above numbers I got from a third party site that is publishing articles about the event.
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Earlier this week I filled up and drove a few miles down some 35 mph streets to get where I was going, parked, and my current mpg was 68.9!!! Of course once I got on the highway it went down (still at 48 mpg on the same tank after 250 miles) but still! :eek:

As many have indicated previously, that's roughly 2 mpg off the real world calculations making it 46...
Exactly why I opted for the CT and not some other high MPG highway car, that doesn't get city mileage like this. My current car MPG sticker ratings are 27 highway/18 city and I drive 75% highway and only get an average of 22 MPG :mad:. If I baby the car & drive like grandma, the best I can get is 25 MPG. Going w/ the CT is the real deal!
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