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Toyota Corolla, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#183 of 411 1999 1.8 liter Corolla- automatic
May 03, 2008 (3:36 pm)
First time vistor to the site. Just wanted to comment that I average 36-37.9 mpg on my 99 automatic 3 speed with overdrive. All my miles are I85 and I285 Atlanta roads driving at speeds that average 80 miles per hour. Thus far, I have been quite satisfied. With the price of gas though, I have been considering the toyota prius to bump the mpg to 45 or higher.
ps- I have a 12.9 gallon tank and usually refill once I hit 420-450 mile to the tank. Normally try to get an extra 50-100 miles once the low light comes on.
#184 of 411 BAAAAD mileage =/.
May 13, 2008 (3:48 pm)
I just bought a 06 corolla LE (auto) with 2700 miles on it. I refueled just today and I did the math to realize that I only got 200 miles with almost 8.7 gallons. That comes out to be around 22.3mpg, which is waaaaaaaaay lower that what i expected. I am driving in the city, trying to minimize the brake pressing. Only reason I bought this car is for the great gas mileage that everyone has been talking about, but I'm not getting it =/. Can somebody help me out?
#185 of 411 Re: BAAAAD mileage =/. [pgp]
May 13, 2008 (6:42 pm)
A 2006 model with only 2700 miles?
Where did you get such a low mileage car?
#186 of 411 Re: BAAAAD mileage =/. [pgp]
May 14, 2008 (6:20 am)
Is this the first refuel that you did? Reason I ask is you don't know if the tank was full when you bought it, or how many miles it had been driven on this first tank before you started recording.
1. You can't base MPG on just one tank.
2. All makes and models have people complaining about MPG, but the driver and the conditions are HUGE variables here. A problem with a car that affects MPG is pretty rare.
3. The Corolla will deliver excellent MPG (best in class) if you compare equal conditions (driver and traffic, etc) to other cars.
Refuel at the same station, same pump, and use the trip odometers to track total miles driven until you refuel again. Refuel only until it shuts off - don't top off.
Try a few more tanks and let us know. Also note the driving conditions, speeds, how long stopped, etc.
#187 of 411 Re: Mixed Driving [bobw3]
May 15, 2008 (5:26 am)
>"explain how pressing the brake burns more gas"
Obviously pressing the brake is necessary.
How and when we use the brake will affect mileage. If we never had to use the brakes, we would get considerably better mileage. It would be like driving on the highway all the time.
Here are a couple of extremes to ponder.
Up ahead is a stop sign. If we let off the gas at a point that we will coast up the the sign and use the brake very little, there was an amount of road traveled using only the amount of gas necessary to idle the engine. If we stayed on the throttle until almost there, we burned unnessary fuel over that distance. If there are a couple of cars waiting their turn, when we get there, we may start-stop a couple of times before it is our turn to go. If we had "coasted" to the sign, possibly 1 or all the cars would have been gone and we would only have to stop and start once.
The traffic light ahead is red. There are several cars sitting. Slow down back here.
Let the car coast toward them. Hopefully by the time you get there they will be moving and you won't have to stop at all. OR we can keep accelerating, then slide up behind the last car while the light is still red. Wasted gas getting there, more wasted idling and waiting on the light to change, and more wasted accelerating the car from a stopped condition.
Tail gateing burns a lot of unnessary fuel. And doesn't get us there a bit faster. Actually someone tail gateing me will get there slower. I tend to slowly reduce speed to the posted speed limit when someone is on my bumper. If there is going to be a "Crash", I prefer it to take place at a lower speed.
Running up behind someone and hitting the brakes constantly, will burn a lot of unnessary fuel. Gas-brake, gas-brake.....! Any time the car accelerates, it uses more fuel than when "cruising" the same terrain. Stay back a few car lengths and enjoy the "cruise". This saves fuel, brakes, and tires.
So yes, using the brakes does cause extra fuel to be burned. Every time we use the brake we either just used extra fuel and/or we will use extra, getting the car back up to speed.
#188 of 411 Re: BAAAAD mileage =/. [pgp]
May 20, 2008 (11:37 am)
I had the same problem although i have got a 95 1.6 Corolla.
First i git myself a bottle of Redex and followed the tips on how to get more mpg by the way you drive,and it has worked for me. I have just filled my car up today it took 45 litrres which gave me 380 miles which works out as 38.39 mpg which isn't bad.
I will be using Redex more often, and I am driving differently now. Couldn't beleive the price the petrol is.............£1.11. 9 ! what is this country coming too we are not all millionaires.
#189 of 411 Re: Very Happy 2009 Corolla S owner [tbarry]
May 20, 2008 (1:17 pm)
Now that you've had your '09 for a couple of months what do you think of it? Are you still getting the 44+ MPG? I'm looking at one this fall and I was pleased to read that you were getting such good gas mileage. I was considering a Prius because I drive almost 120 miles a day roundtrip to work and it's about 95% interstate with no slowdowns along the way. But if I can get into a Corolla that gets 44+ I'll go that way. I can't justify spending the extra $$$ the dealers have jacked the Prius up.
#190 of 411 Re: Very Happy 2009 Corolla S owner [jimwwhite]
May 28, 2008 (3:56 am)
I doubt anyone averages 44+ MPG with any Corolla. My 2005 has only gotten 44 twice in 3.5 years. I "average" about 40 Summer/34 Winter in mixed driving. If you want the highest MPG, avoid the automatic(will average only low/mid 30's mixed driving in warm weather), the sunroof and leather seats(extra weight). Regarding the 2009; I doubt the mileage is higher since it weighs more than previous model with basically the same engine. The revised EPA estimates are also lower on the newer models(37 vs 35 Highway). Get the 5 speed; learn how to drive efficiently(stay off those brakes & keep RPM under 2500 whenever possible) and you should be very pleased.
#191 of 411 Re: Very Happy 2009 Corolla S owner [hoopitup2000]
May 28, 2008 (2:19 pm)
With the automatic, the 2009 is rated one point higher than the 2008 was (with the 1.8): 27/35 now, vs 26/35 for the 2008.
Sadly, the manual is now rated two points WORSE for both city and highway.
May 31, 2008 (9:40 am)
I don't care what the EPA says. A good driver can beat the automatic with a stick. Except maybe in ideal conditions for the auto (where it never shifts and stays in top gear) 70 (?) mph on a flat highway.