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Lotus ranks #4!

Best and worst fuel-efficient automakers - CNN.com

10 best fuel-economy automakers

1. MINI -- 27.66 average mpg, 12 cars
2. Honda -- 23.81 average mpg, 27 cars
3. Chevrolet -- 23.36 average mpg, 88 cars
4. Lotus -- 22.33 average mpg, 3 cars
5. VW -- 22.21 average mpg, 28 cars
6. Pontiac -- 22.20 average mpg, 24 cars
7. Saturn -- 22.14 average mpg, 21 cars
8. Kia -- 21.80 average mpg, 20 cars
9. Suzuki -- 21.77 average mpg, 18 cars
10. Toyota -- 21.60 average mpg, 55 cars

Top 10 Worst
1. Bugatti -- 10 average mpg for 1 car
2. Lamborghini -- 11.44 average mpg for 9 cars
3. Bentley -- 11.66 average mpg for 6 cars
4. Ferrari -- 12.16 average mpg for 6 cars
5. Aston Martin -- 13.33 average mpg for 6 cars
6. Rolls-Royce -- 14.00 average mpg for 3 cars
7. Maserati -- 14.50 average mpg for 2 cars
8. Land Rover -- 14.66 average mpg for 6 cars
9. Hummer -- 14.66 average mpg for 3 cars
10. GMC -- 15.30 average mpg for 69 cars
 

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I am still boggled that my cavalier weighs 50% more than my lotus, and gets better gas mileage. It just doesn't make sense to me. What makes it so much more efficient? All that energy loss has to be going somewhere, its certainly not going into moving the car.
Gearing is one of the answers
 

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I am still boggled that my cavalier weighs 50% more than my lotus, and gets better gas mileage. It just doesn't make sense to me. What makes it so much more efficient? All that energy loss has to be going somewhere, its certainly not going into moving the car.
it's all about how the energy is used too. i mean, a fast hunter like a cheetah weighs less but isn't as efficient with its energy consumption than a heavier animal like a panda, which tends to sleep most of the day to conserve its energy. i've rented cavaliers before and can say the performance is similar to that of a lumbering panda ;)
 
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