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Old 02-27-2012, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Big ol' difference ... here in WV, sometimes I'm lucky to get 43 MPG. Here we have big hills and faster interstate speeds.

Went to Ohio yesterday to do some hiking in Athens, OH and courtesy of the minimal amount of hills and slower highway speeds we attained 48 MPG with cruise on.

5 MPG bonus just for being in a particular state versus another.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This isn't surprising at all. I think the biggest influence on my mpg is length of journey and where I drive.

Assuming no active hypermiling (e.g drive with load uphill and force soft glides downhill) I reckon that driving in a hilly area increases fuel consumption significantly.

I've noticed on longer journeys that driving at motorway speeds gets me about 52-53 mpg (imperial - that's 43-44 US) where the journey takes in a few hills. In a very flat area we're talking a little over 60 mpg (50 US).

As for shorter journeys, fuel cutoff on deceleration or dowhill coasting doesn't work when the car is cold.
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You better believe flat ground makes a world of difference. I'm betting driving on the highway in the flat parts of the midwest will get you close to if not 60 MPG.(or more)
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How does the insight do in rush hour? I spend a lot of time in stop-and-go traffic and it's killing my gas tank.
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Stop n go is the worse. Your best bet is get to a point where you can idle along. Also where you buy gas I have seen a 5mpg difference. Ive seen better gas in the county vs city.


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You better believe flat ground makes a world of difference. I'm betting driving on the highway in the flat parts of the midwest will get you close to if not 60 MPG.(or more)
That's me, I live near Chicago and my 2011 won't do better than low 50's mpg at 65mph unless you follow a truck (from far away). The small engine has to work too hard maybe?
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That's me, I live near Chicago and my 2011 won't do better than low 50's mpg at 65mph unless you follow a truck (from far away). The small engine has to work too hard maybe?
Very light throttle pressure and coasting are the keys. Driving in a regular manner to work, I was getting 45 MPG. Light throttle and coasting, I get 56-60 MPG.
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There's nothing light about 65 mph.
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So Mike, your car feels like its going up hill all the time or has 20psi in the tires?


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There's nothing light about 65 mph.
Drive it below 60, use as little throttle as needed to maintain speed and coast downhills and watch the MPG climb.

I get much higher MPG, doing as I described, with 195 60 15 touring tires; inflated to 36 PSI. I can do even better but like a quiet comfortable ride. Also limit your heat, defroster and AC use.

If you really want really high MPG get a Enginer PHEV Kit. I plan to get one as soon as I have the spare cash.
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