I was in the market for a new fuel efficient car. My 2000 VW Passat had 140,000 miles and was making some expensive sounding rattles when hitting expansion joints and such.
I went to several different dealerships explaining that I currently had a 29 mpg highway car and was looking to get as good highway mpg as possible. I also wanted 4 doors with a trunk.
I found the Toyota Yaris sedan which is EPA estimated at 36 mpg with a 5 speed transmission. The issue was trying to find a dealer who was willing to get me a car.
The dealers kept trying to move me into a 32 mpg Scion. My pointing out of the 10 - 12% difference between the Yaris and the Scion highway mpg fell on deaf ears. They apparently have a lot of Scion's and can't get Yaris' - especially in a 5 speed.
It was sort of unreal - I wanted to buy a car and they weren't really interested in selling it to me. Eventually I got a deal cut and the car was delivered yesterday. I like the car but I hope it lasts as long as the VW - I hate buying cars.
I got a chuckle today - I heard a radio add where a Toyota Dealer was leasing Camry's at the Corolla monthly lease rate. They can get Camry's and Corolla's get 35 mpg (much better than a Camry), so they are in high demand.