Last post on Sep 27, 2013 at 2:42 AM
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Toyota Corolla, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
Mar 20, 2013 (1:14 pm)
#412 of 429 Re: Toyota Corolla S 2009 fuel economy problem [jonmad]
Jul 16, 2013 (12:40 pm)
You may want to keep track of how much time you are spending at lights, in traffic, etc. Because, even though, you are not moving and clocking miles on your odometer you ARE burning fuel and that eats into your fuel economy.
My brother has a Honda civic hybrid with a readout that tells you the car's fuel economy in real time and we noticed that as we were stopped or in traffic the economy gauge would, fairly quickly, tick down from 45 to 42, 40, 38. This may be the reason why you are not getting the mileage you are supposed to.
Just an idea.
#413 of 429 Re: Toyota Corolla S 2009 fuel economy problem [oliver69]
Jul 16, 2013 (3:10 pm)
Yup, right you are. I think I read if you are stopped longer than 15sec it pays to turn the car off which I do regularly on my route to work where I know the light will be long. Also a key thing on newer cars is if you know you are going to be stopping, just take your foot of the gas (stay in gear) and the injectors will shut off and your guage should shortly read 100MPG
#414 of 429 Re: Toyota Corolla S 2009 fuel economy problem [oliver69]
Jul 16, 2013 (5:42 pm)
All Toyotas 2009 and forward have that gas milage read out feature also, that's not something that's just exclusive to Honda.
#415 of 429 Fuel saving idle circuit
Aug 08, 2013 (3:31 am)
I've driven quite a few 02-06 Corollas & noticed after idling for more than 10 or so seconds, the engine idle becomes a little rougher. I'm thinking the engine fuel mixture is intentionally leaned out to increase fuel economy? Any thoughts?
I moved a few month's ago & now sit in quite a bit of stop & go traffic on the daily commute. Even with the air conditioner on, mileage is still outstanding as long as RPM's are kept low. Running average (last 10 tanks) is 41 MPG & overall average is 39.6 since October 2012. (2005 -5 speed)
#416 of 429 recent mpg experience with 1995-1997 corolla mpg?
Aug 09, 2013 (6:27 am)
Interested in mpg for city/hwy with conservative driving techniques?
#417 of 429 Re: recent mpg experience with 1995-1997 corolla mpg? [dgcorolla96]
Aug 14, 2013 (3:48 am)
Automatic or manual?
#418 of 429 Re: recent mpg experience with 1995-1997 corolla mpg? [hoopitup2000]
Aug 14, 2013 (8:09 pm)
auto but manual trans would give me a rough idea also!
#419 of 429 Re: recent mpg experience with 1995-1997 corolla mpg? [dgcorolla96]
Aug 15, 2013 (4:31 am)
The main thing to concentrate on is to PRESERVE MOMENTUM as much as possible. Look ahead for slowing traffic, curves, red lights, etc. & let off the gas to minimize brake usage as much as possible. Trying not to piss off people behind you while doing this may require somewhat of a compromise at times, so keep that in mind as well. Let's face it, MANY drivers are impatient & don't realize they will not get to point B any faster by driving like it is their last day on earth. They drive by the seat of their pants & use no common sense.
Try to not stop completely when approaching red lights as well. Starting up from a complete stop uses more fuel than a very slow roll. Avoid surging as much as possible.
Do not warm up the car more than 30 seconds, but do drive gently for the first few minutes to allow ALL the components of the car to safely warm up. Just sitting in the driveway waiting for the car to warm up only warms the engine, not the transmission & other vital components.
Turn off the engine if you will be idling for more than 3-4 minutes.
Unfortunately, the automatic can only yield impressive numbers (around 40 MPG) on the open flat road at speeds 65 & under. Add in some hills, or stop & go & you can only expect around 30 or so MPG.
The manual allows complete control over the engines pumping losses which can account for most the fuel conservation. Maintaining the lowest possible RPM's without lugging is the key to getting impressive numbers in stop & go driving situations. For example, when accelerating if the RPM's are kept BELOW 2500 with a medium to heavy foot, pumping losses are greatly reduced & less fuel is used. When climbing steep hills, only downshift if necessary & mash the accelerator to the floor if needed with the manual. I just traveled through the steep twisty Route 50 through West Virginia (never again) & managed an almost record 43 MPG on that tank. One incline was steep enough to require a downshift to 3rd gear & the accelerator to the floor for at least one mile. (Yikes) Keep in mind that the procedures explained in this last paragraph ONLY APPLY TO MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS. Heavy acceleration with the automatic will use MORE fuel, not LESS, as with a manual & proper gear selection.
#420 of 429 Re: recent mpg experience with 1995-1997 corolla mpg? [hoopitup2000]
Aug 15, 2013 (4:38 am)
I say drive the car normally and have fun rather than trying to set MPG records. Enjoy the great gas mileage you get with normal driving.