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Mazda MPV, Nissan Quest, Kia Sedona, Chrysler Town and Country, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Van
#931 of 1887 Re: Best gas mileage [angelaw]
Apr 18, 2005 (4:06 am)
EPA Dodge Caravan 4cyl 20/26 mpg(city/ highway)
6cyl 3.3 engine 19/26
6cyl 3.8 engine 18/25
Ford Freestars 17/23 and 16/23 for the 4.2 engine
Honda Odyssey 18/25 mpg
Kia Sedona 16/22 mpg
Mazda MPV 18/25 mpg
Toyota Sienna 19/27 mpg
As you can see not much difference...except the Sedona is a bit low compared to the others. This is for 2004 models. The 2005 Ody is "suppose" to get 20/28 city hwy...but most Ody owners are getting much less.The Mazda MPV is a smaller minivan so logically it should get higher mpg than the others.If your looking to save on gas...you'll probably have to go midsize sedan or a smaller wagon as the crossover wagons and minivans get about the same mpg.
#932 of 1887 Re: Best gas mileage [angelaw]
Apr 18, 2005 (4:32 am)
If you go back and check my posts for the Nissan Quest, it appears we're getting much better real-world mileage than many other minivan owners. For 6,000 miles including winter and break-in, we've averaged 22.3. We also have a 99 Dodge Caravan Sport and it does not do as well, despite being smaller. Mazda MPV owners don't seem to get any better mileage than other minivans, although it would seem logical they would.
Unless you drive a lot, the differences aren't going to amount to a lot of money. The only diesel available is the Dodge Sprinter, not exactly a family hauler although it could be.
By contrast, a lot of large sedans get in the high 20's.
Hopefully some manufacturer will come to their senses and start building large station wagons again.
#933 of 1887 Re: Best gas mileage [garandman]
Apr 18, 2005 (5:30 am)
Oops...left out the Nissan Quest. EPA has the Quest at 19/26 with the 4 speed and 18/25 mpg... city/hwy on the 5 speed.As always mileage may vary.
#934 of 1887 Re: Best gas mileage [angelaw]
Apr 18, 2005 (5:47 am)
The differences are marginal and (IMO at least) more likely, with the possible exception of the Sedona, to be the product of driver, driving conditions, and an individual van. If you experience true city driving (i.e., regular stop and go in a metropolitan area, the occasional traffic jam), you'll be doing quite well to get within 80-85% of the EPA estimate with any van.
#935 of 1887 Re: Best gas mileage [lumbar]
Apr 18, 2005 (12:33 pm)
On the 2005 Quest we just had a tank in primarily city driving and short trips, with one highway run.
Mileage dropped to 19.47 from the 22-24 range we've been getting otherwise.
#936 of 1887 Re: Best gas mileage [jipster]
Apr 18, 2005 (6:51 pm)
Don't even consider the Dodge 4cyl. Not enough power, especially in the mountains and the required service on them is higher than the 6cyl.
#937 of 1887 Any minivan can easily exceed EPA Highway estimates
Apr 18, 2005 (7:40 pm)
BUT only when driven on the highway within the speed limit.
Idling at stop lights, stop and go, and winter driving kills gas mileage.
Apr 18, 2005 (10:51 pm)
At just over 8K miles, we finally broke the 24 mpg barrier. About 1/2 interstate (Corvallis OR to Seattle WA), half mixed city-highway. Fuel used was 1/2 tank Chevron, 1/2 Costco. Around town (the mixed city-highway mode) we've been getting 20-22 with Shell, Costco and Safeway gas during both winter and spring (I think they change the formula during the winter to support Iowa corn growers...). On the interstate and hiways we generally drive 5 mph over the limit on cruise control.
Call for opinions or knowlege: When we replace the OEM tires would we gain any noticable fuel efficiency by going from 215-60-16s to 205-60-16s? Or 195-65s? Or??
#939 of 1887 Re: 04 MPV [mtbiker1]
Apr 19, 2005 (5:30 am)
If you're looking for every mpg you can get, the Michelin Energy tires seem to deliver better mpg, but are kind of expensive.
What kind of tire pressures are you running? Keeping those donuts firm will probably do more for you.
#940 of 1887 '05 Ody EX-L
Apr 19, 2005 (8:00 pm)
last 2 tanks (around town/very short hop driving) were about 17. About what I expected/hoped for. Our '99 Quest did about 15, maybe 16 in the same driving. Just over 3K on the clock. Maybe 18 is possible? Just have to keep my wife away from the AC button.