I purchased a 2001 corolla for low dollars because of a fender bender and 285,000 miles on its original motor. It is a 5 spd with an epa of 41 city. After taking care of deferred maintenance, we have taken a few trips and my problem is that I am not using enough gas! In town mpg has been 41 mpg but trip mpg for the last 3 tanks has been 44,48 and now 50.3!! I drive with a soft foot and do not exceed 65 mph. Do these non automatic Corollas really get almost 50 mpg?? My odometer is spot on and there is no doubt this little silver car is getting what I think is amazing mileage. Our "97 Camry also gets 36-38 on trips with a slushbucket tranny. Why buy a Prius when you can get the same mpg with a much cheaper and simpler Corolla!