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Volkswagen Passat, Volvo S60, Acura TL, Infiniti G35, Toyota Avalon, Fuel System, Performance Mods, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
Aug 17, 2006 (7:12 pm)
I have had my auto TL for a year now, and the first few months I averaged 27 or 28mpg on both highway and city driving. Now a year later I'm averaging 23 or 24mpg. But I admit it has to do a lot with traffic conditions, because it has gotten worse were I live. But in a good day with no traffic it seems to do well. It usually does 310 - 320 miles per tank of gas, and one day I took a long trip it went up to 370 miles per tank of gas. Haven't seen much difference using the a/c though.
#379 of 424 High Mileage, High Fuel Economy, Low Maintenance and Comfortable Too?
Sep 28, 2006 (4:03 pm)
I want to know what would be the most ideal car for commuting 180 miles round trip daily. It would be almost entirely freeway driving.
It would need to have high fuel economy to keep gas cost under control, and low maintenance costs due to maintenance intervals coming up frequently, yet it would also have comfortable seats and a smooth highway ride so the long commute is not a daily nightmare leaving you sore, tired and with a headache from all the road noise.
At that commute, I would put about 45K miles on the car per year and run through even an extended warranty in just over two years. I could drive it for 2 years and sell it with 90K miles and some of the extended warranty left for the new owner as a way to make the resale easier or I could drive it for the full 3 years and hope there are no major repairs before 135K miles and sell it for less money.
I am pretty sure the high mileage commute would end by 3 years and I would start driving the normal 12K to 15K miles a year at that point. Most likely I would get rid of the car at that point and start fresh with a new car at that point.
So far, I haven't found anything that had a very comfortable ride combined with low maintenance and high fuel economy.
I considered a Toyota Camry Hybrid, but I don't think maintenance costs would be low on a Hybrid, it will be hard to sell it with high miles out of warranty due to future buyers fears of dealing the the battery replacement out of warranty, plus it's probably a bit pricier than what I want to get into. I'd like to stay well under $25K.
Maybe a Honda Civic, but I'm not sure that would have a smooth enough highway ride to make the commute liveable. I rode in a 2006 Accord and the ride was quite bouncy on the California freeways with all the expansion joints, so I assume a Civic will be even worse in ride than an Accord.
What are suggestions?
Sep 28, 2006 (8:00 pm)
Go for a stick shift Camry if you want a smooth ridea and great mileage. The stick will even save you $900.
Sticks are much more efficinet than autos (EPA favors autos so it may not seem apparent).
If you want better mileage still try the Corolla.
FWIW I actually prefer the Accord to the Camry because of the ride and handling, but I do own a Sienna and appreciate the smoothness.
#381 of 424 Re: High Mileage, High Fuel Economy, Low Maintenance and Comfortable Too? [jaxs1]
Sep 29, 2006 (9:31 am)
On strict freeway driving, I get ~33 mpg in my '06 Avalon; and you can't beat the ride for comfort!
#382 of 424 Re: High Mileage, High Fuel Economy, Low Maintenance and Comfortable Too? [nimimi]
Sep 29, 2006 (3:29 pm)
Unfortunately, the cost of the car and cost of premium fuel for the Avalon will not make that an option.
Maybe I'll look at a 4 cylinder Camry too.
#383 of 424 Re: High Mileage, High Fuel Economy, Low Maintenance and Comfortable Too? [jaxs1]
Oct 01, 2006 (2:03 pm)
The fuel won't be a problem; the owner's manual specifies regular gas.
#384 of 424 Re: High Mileage, High Fuel Economy, Low Maintenance and Comfortable Too? [nimimi]
Oct 02, 2006 (5:13 am)
33 mpg is very good for a V6 engine. Do you drive on cruise control all the time and what is average mph?