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August 15, 2014 Washington Post car chat

Automatic versus Stick

Good Morning Warren and friends

Do any of you use fueleconomy.gov to find out how the fuel economy (miles per gallon) on a car you are researching is doing? I drove the 2014 Buick Verano 2.4-liter Ecotech 4-cylinder turbo. A beautiful car inside and out, quieter than most cars in that segment it totaled out at $32,680 which is pretty spot-on for a fully loaded compact car.

The unusual part was the mileage. I only got 20 mpg over 200 miles. That’s normal for me, to drive 200 miles in a week, but normal for the Verano should have been around 24 mpg according to the sticker.

I went on its website to Buick Verano and the information is interesting. A person that drove 89% with an automatic 2013 Verano got 20.1 mpg while a person that drove a stick 70% highway got 37.6 mpg.

It’s a great resource and if you have time you can start adding your information to the mix so that others can get a real world feel of what their car will get.

Let’s chat about cars:

Lou Ann

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.