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Mazda MPV, Nissan Quest, Kia Sedona, Chrysler Town and Country, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Van
#1747 of 1887 Unbelievable
Oct 06, 2007 (2:17 pm)
NO, it will NOT. The best MAXIMUM possible mileage I could eke out of my 2006 Sienna LE on a round trip controlled test, 50 to 55 MPH fairly level stretch of I-80 between SLC toward Wendover Nevada and back with no wind and no A/C was 36.0 MPG.
On the same test 4 years ago with my 2003 PT Cruiser, it got 37.2 MPG which proves the much heavier Sienna with a 3.3L V6 is exceptionally frugal compared to a 2.4 inline 4 cyl PT cruiser....but it has only a 4 speed AT with gearing too much toward performance at the expense of fuel economy.
Man reading about all you Toyota Sienna drivers getting 30-36 mpg on your minivans. I have to wonder if your trips are all down hill or if your using your van's calculator and not a hand calculator. I've never heard of any minivan getting that kind of mileage. For that matter, nor a PT Cruiser.
#1748 of 1887 Re: Unbelievable [marine2]
Oct 07, 2007 (1:01 pm)
On the same test 4 years ago with my 2003 PT Cruiser, it got 37.2 MPG
I have to wonder if your trips are all down hill or if your using your van's calculator and not a hand calculator. I've never heard of any minivan getting that kind of mileage. For that matter, nor a PT Cruiser.
My wife has an 03 PT Cruiser turbo and there is absolutely no way it gets 37.2 mpg, regardless of how she drives. She averages around 19-20 mpg in the city and I got 26 mpg during one all Interstate trip with the cruise control on, no turbo engagement.
For someone to get 37.2 mpg in a PT Cruiser they'd almost have to be coasting down a mountain descent with a strong tailwind.
On the other hand, I get around 11-12 mpg combined city/highway in my Viper.
#1749 of 1887 07 Sienna LE, FWD
Oct 10, 2007 (8:48 am)
The grandparents took the train down to meet us, then we drove them home, from MD to CT.
With 6 people plus luggage in the van, we averaged 26.7mpg.
Far from my best but it was quite a heavy load.
marine2: I use both, but my trip computer is so close I'm considering not bothering with the hand calculations.
The cool thing is the range you get - I drove more than 480 miles and it only took 18 gallons (the tank holds 21).
#1750 of 1887 Trip Computer accuracy?
Oct 12, 2007 (5:30 pm)
My Sienna reads 1 % to 2 % higher than ACTUAL mileage on a 1380 mile round trip. The 02 T&C trip computer read less than 1 % higher than actual on same round trips (taken earlier).
As the guidelines to EPA Estimates say "Remember your gasoline mileage may vary". I have ALWAYS been able to get better than EPA estimates except with a Volkswagen Bus which was getting 11 MPG on the highway.
#1751 of 1887 Re: 07 Sienna LE, FWD [ateixeira]
Oct 17, 2007 (3:46 pm)
I have noticed on mine, 2005 DGC, I can get two different readings on my computer. If I'm on the highway and set it. It can go up to 32-33 mpg. over a 5-10 mile drive.
If I set it a block or two before getting on the freeway, it will give me a 22-24 mpg over the same 5-10 mile drive.
So I just check it when filling, set the meter to zero and check it again when I fill and how many miles I drove on the tank of gas. It usually is around 22-24. Never got 25 or higher on the full tank. Although the places I go, I always have at least one big mountain to cross and about 4-5 miiles of city driving.
#1752 of 1887 Trip Computer accuracy?
Oct 30, 2007 (2:08 pm)
The trip computer on my Quest 2005 is off by up to 2mpg sometimes.
According to the trip computer
55 mph yields about 33mpg
60 mph yields about 29mpg
I can't drive that slow all the time!
Mostly my mix of hwy + stop and go get me about 19 mpg
Nov 08, 2007 (1:00 pm)
Bought a new 2007 Odyssey. The first tank was nearly all city driving, got 16.6 mpg, the second tank was mostly on the road, got 26 mpg
#1754 of 1887 A few more tanks...
Nov 12, 2007 (8:45 am)
Got an impressive 30.4mpg from DC to Jamestown, VA and back for a work retreat. It was all highway and just me in the van with a lot of computer equipment.
That was last week. This weekend we made a round trip to the beach with the whole family and got 27.9 mpg round trip, again mostly highway.
This is an 07 Sienna 3.5l, with FWD.
Nov 17, 2007 (10:02 am)
We frequently drive our 2005 GC 3.8L 4-sp auto around on weekends with a full crew of 6 or 7 family members. I can also tell you that the Ellicott City/ Oella / Catonsville Maryland area (where we go to and from) is only slightly less hilly than some places I have visited in the West Virginia Mountains. With a crew of 7 big people driving over hill and dale we generally average 22-23 mpg on a varied mix of slow hilly, lots of city stop and go, and short highway jaunts totalling about 130 miles on a Saturday.
When I use the mini-van for daily commuting (19 mile round trip) about 1/5 of the time, I average about 22.5 - 24mpg in and around Annapolis depending time and density of the backup.
When my family of 4 with luggage travels from Annapolis to Ocean City (115 miles) 6-8 times per year we generally average about 28.5mpg when red lights in Easton and Cambridge are bad, and if we manage to sneak though those towns without hitting every red light I have gotten 32.3 as a one-way high mark. But also as low as 13.5 mpg one-way when trapped in the increasing frequent 1-1/2 to 2 hour Bay Bridge back-ups. But weekender O.C. rountrips average 25- 25.5 mpg with 330 miles on the trip odo.
By far our best milage comes on longer distance trips like 220 mile trips to NYC, 4 times per year with 5 people and luggage I consistantly average 30 mpg until we get to NYC. When NYC driving (about 50-60 miles worth) is taken into account, my GC's consistent round trip milage has been 26.4mpg over 500 miles.
Or on our yearly trip to Atlanta of about 700 miles with 6 people and luggage, I average 31 mpg but a round trip average of about 28-28.5mpg, with about 1800 miles on the trip odometer.
We try to use the van for what it is designed for. A people/stuff hauler. If we are just commuting around with the 4 of us or less, and we don't plan on buying anything that won't fit in a cars trunk, we travel in our car. Really big and dirty? Our pickup and oldest son gets called upon for work duty. The rest of the time our 2004 GC is a work horse and roomy long distance hauler and has been rock-steady reliable and trouble free over 3 years and 48,000 miles with one set of tires and brakes.
Just for the record my driver vehicles are:
1987 Mitsubishi SPX pickup 2.6L I-4 5sp Man (avg 21 mpg)
2004 Dodge Stratus R/T coupe 3.0L V-6 5sp Man (avg 20 mpg)
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.8L V-6 4sp Auto (avg 23 mpg)
2007 Saturn Aura Green Line 2.4L I-4 4sp Auto (hybrid-like) (avg 30.5 mpg)
I also own:
1956 Chevy (Red/white) convertible
1969 Chevy Stingray (Blue)
1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE (Black)
1984 VW GTI (White)
#1756 of 1887 Re: Chevy Conversion Van [jjackson43]
Jan 22, 2008 (7:59 am)
i was thinkink about buying 1 did u have to do any thing to it to get 16 mpg out of it?