It's all good, Leitz. I like these discussions.
CR does their MPG testing on a track. They have a highway loop, during which they drive pretty steady at 65 mph. They also have a city loop, which involves plenty of scheduled stops and idling. I may be wrong, but I think they drive something like 150 miles for the mpg test. The MPG test is conducted independently of the performance testing. So, 0-60 runs should not skew the mpg results. I don't have a link handy, but I was once a subscriber and have read about their methodology in the past.
That said, you do have to dig for the details. Not linking to the methodology in their own articles absolutely should raise an intelligent reader's eyebrow.
remc86007 - The thousands of miles remark was in reference to the time they spent with the car as a whole. These miles would not be included in the MPG test. And it's likely that 10 to 15 different staffers drove the car for those "thousands of miles". Maybe each one got to have the car for 200 miles if they were lucky.
It would be wonderful to think that most new buyers get their information from reading forums like this one. The reality is that more people will read reviews from Edmunds or Cars.com, and other websites of their ilk. You know, the same sites that used the Veloster's fradulent 40 mpg highway rating as ammunition to shoot down the CR-Z.
Not that I'm bitter.