This is why 23 mpg combined reported (not actual) will be a filling up style change for me. Though I only have 45000 miles on my car, so we're talking about 1500 gallons vs 1956. On my current car 1500 is 142 fill ups, on the mazda5 1956 is 134 fill ups. So it will actually be few fill ups, just more money. Mmmm crunchy numbers. 456 gallons at $5 a gallon is $2280 over 8 years or $285 per year. But that's just on reported. The actuals are going to be a little more money.
But of course no matter what automatic I get automatic vs manual is already a -2 mpg right there.
Mind you if I got a prius... different story.
Anyway, that was kind of a babble.
And a side note, I'm not buyign a car until closer to may. I thought I would get an start ont he research and then got kind obessie.