Top fuel economy of 2005 EPA-classed midsize cars
Of those that are NOT manual, NOT hybrid, NOT diesel..the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu and 2005 Chevrolet Classic with the 2.2L Ecotec are up there at the top (24 city, 34 highway).
Notably, all of the others at the top, save for the Kia Spectra (2.0L), have 5-speed automatics with larger engines (2.4L or bigger).
The Chevrolet and the Kia models have 4-speed automatics.
Now if someone could explain to me how GM can get 24/34 out of a midsize car but only gets 24/32 out of a subcompact car (the Chevrolet Cobalt) with the same engine/transmission I'd sure love to know.