With referance to fuel consumption, I can't comment on the 2.4 ltr engine but I currently run a 2.0 ltr 5 Speed Manual with no cruise control on a run using mainly motorway driving (approx 70-75mph over 200 miles) I can get a return just short of 33mpg. Urban driving it drops to 26mpg.
Current fuel prices in UK are £5.40 Gallon, I don't know if US news coverage is covering the current fuel crisis! in the UK at present but haulier's are currently blocking motorways, city roads etc in protest over running cost's.
What if anything is happening in the US regarding fuel prices, would be interested to know..