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I suspect your probability of realizing 45mpg is considerably better than most people given the description of your driving habits. I drive two V8 cars, a Mustang in the summer and Lincoln Mark VIII in the winter, and typically get around 21-22 mpg despite operating in an urban setting. I don't baby either of them on the highway -- 75 is about average when traffic allows. It seems that whenever another family member makes use of either, the consumption is noticeably greater.

One change I could see coming from this flap is for the EPA to adjust the testing procedure to more closely match real world driving conditions. As long as the manufacturers are actually performing the test I would expect them to execute the test procedures in a manner that optimizes fuel economy. One of the features of the new Ford hybrids, which I haven't tested, is that they are apparently capable of learning your frequently traveled routes and adjusting to optimize the times they run in electric-mode vs. ICE.

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