Conventional wisdom lets me down...as usual.
October 5, 2010 5:04 PM Subscribe
I thought a 5-speed manual always trumped an automatic for mpg, all else being equal?
posted by bricoleur to travel & transportation (25 answers total)
I'm considering buying a Honda Element (I'm being specific in case it's something about this particular vehicle that determines the answer). I prefer to drive a stick, but one thing is kind of holding me back: the stated mpg for the automatic is 27/22, but for the manual it's 23/18. Huh? Why would the mpg for the manual be worse than for the automatic?
And, if you own an Element, manual or automatic, I would love to know what your real-world mpg is.