The 58 MPG Geo Metro on the Edge of Forever

Harlan Ellison wrote “The City on the Edge of Forever“, which is Star Trek fan-speak for “Harlan Ellison is awesome“.  Mr. Ellison has been called a visionary futurist, and has written for The Outer Limits, The Man From UNCLE, Alfred Hitchcock, and – of course – Star Trek (it’s like “space navy”, whereas Star Wars is like “space Jerry Springer” with laser swords).

That’s right:  I’m a giant nerd.

My geekiness is irrelevant, though – what is relevant is that Jalopnik‘s Ray Wert has dug up a video of this respected writer and serious “futurist” shilling Geo Metros for General Motors.

Now, before you laugh and joke about the Geo being pushed as a futurist’s car, keep in mind that the Geo being advertised got an EPA-certified 53 mpg city and 58 mpg highway … that’s nearly 50% better than GM’s modern mpg champions, like the 42 mpg Chevy Cruze Eco. (Ed. – Under the new EPA standards, the Geo Metro XFi has a 43 city/52 highway/47 combined mileage rating.)

Maybe Harlan got it right all the way back in 1998, and the Metro really is the best car for – say, 2018. Too bad GM never tried to make an electric Metro. That is instead left to people with a little more vision and gusto.

What do you think, Gas 2.0 readers – any of you own a Metro?  How does it stack up against the new Fiesta or Cruze?  Let us know in the comments!


Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.