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Acura TSX, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#28 of 251 Re: Acura TSX Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [KarenS]
Jul 21, 2005 (4:02 pm)
Is there ANYONE who is having problems with getting the indicated MPG on their TSX? I have a 2005 TSX (V4) that I bought because of the sticker indicated 23/32 MPG. I barely break 14 for city and 22 highway and maybe get 180 miles to a tank of gas. (On the rare occasion that empty dot comes on-and it rarely does since I keep the tank above 1/4 full always-I get so nervous because I literally have 15 miles to go). My SUV friends all get better mileage (including the Acura MDX!) Acura Dealerships all give the same excuse:"Independent/Government regulated, not actual numbers. They hand out pieces of paper indicating a 10/22% decrease in the "real world" consumption but even those percentages don't come close. I use premium only, I've had the tires checked, the engine checked. Everyone shrugs their shoulders while I get more and more aggravated every time I'm at the pump.! Any thoughts?
Jul 21, 2005 (4:59 pm)
I have a 2005 TSX auto W/Navi. I have found MPG swings GREATLY depending on the right foot. When I have my "foot to the firewall" often I get the low 20's sometimes dipping into the upper teens. If I drive like a sane person, gentle acceleration never speeding I get 28-29 MPG. On the rare occasion my wife drives even in the city she gets 30+ in the city! Her numbers don't count though, her normal car is a 2004 Prius. She drives my car with a very light foot much like the way she drives her car. On long highway trips I get a steady 35 MPG+ going 70-80 MPH.
#30 of 251 Re: Acura TSX Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [upset5]
Jul 21, 2005 (5:16 pm)
I find it hard to believe you only get 180 miles per tankful. That's just unbelievable. I can usually get 350 if I drive conservatively in my '04. Are you calculating the mileage manually or by relying on the navigation system?
BTW, the TSX four-banger is an I4, not a V4.
Also, when the yellow light comes on, you have better than three gallons of fuel left, which will take you closer to 60 miles than 15. The TSX is very conservative in this regard, with the light coming on so soon.
Sorry to hear of your problem, but I've never heard of a TSX getting fuel mileage that poor. Perhaps the motor is not fully broken in. Keep driving it, maybe things will improve. Other than that, I just don't know. Maybe you can look into your local lemon laws.
Remember, if you feel something is truly wrong, don't let the dealer off the hook. Stay after them.
#31 of 251 Re: TSX Real World [stillageek]
Jul 21, 2005 (5:21 pm)
Hey, stillageek, I don't care how heavy one is on the gas, I just can't believe the TSX would ever get only 180 miles on a tankful. That's something like 10.5 MPG on a full 17 gallon tank. That's not poor, that's phenomenally bad.
I drive the wheels off mine all the time, and the warning light doesn't ususually come on until the 320 mile mark or so, indicating I've still got 3+ gallons left.
I suspect we're getting our collective chains yanked, or this person is really bad at math.
#32 of 251 Re: Acura TSX Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [johnny420]
Jul 21, 2005 (10:04 pm)
I am not heavy footed, I don't drive like a maniac, I don't have the navigation system but I am actually quite good at math. The dealer told me that after 3000 miles, the engine is considered broken in. They don't know where else to look; they just hand me another sheet from Acura explaining how one arrives at the listed MPG.
#33 of 251 Re: Acura TSX Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [upset5]
Jul 22, 2005 (6:17 am)
Honda engines have a reputation for not achieving the best fuel economy until somewhere aroung 10,000 miles. Give the engine time to fully break in.
Also, what are your driving conditions? Are you doing stop and go, NYC, rush hour traffic or rural/interstate driving? There are so many things that can affect fuel economy.
#34 of 251 Re: Acura TSX Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [upset5]
Jul 22, 2005 (10:38 am)
If you are really driving this car normally....that is driving some highway miles, not idling much, and using premium, there may be something wrong with your setup. I'm assuming the dealer has already done a once over on your engine/fuel system.
A few things to try....
1. Almost empty the tank and use premium gas from a well known brand (amoco, shell, bp, etc.).
2. Ask the dealer to change your oil and do the regular checks.
3. Ask the dealer to check your brakes. It is possible one or more brake pads are misaligned and constantly rubbing the rotor. I would guess this would dramatically reduce gas mileage.
4. Keep rigorous records of your gas mileage, down the hundreth of a gallon and mile (from the regular odometer, not the trip), and write down the date, time and gas station (keep your receipt). If you have consistent reconds to show the dealer, this will help your case.
5. If your current dealer still won't listen, go to another dealer.
6. If you still get nowhere, call Acura and open a file for investigation. Kep asking for the next person's boss if you don't get anywhere. Persistence (in a calm and friendly voice always) is underrated.
7. If you still don't get anywhere, you can bring up talk of plastering this information on every TSX site and contacting your local better business bureau.
If you numbers are truly that low, I would think you have an easy time claiming that you have a lemon. You should be able to right the situation. Good luck, and let us know what happens.
#35 of 251 Re: Acura TSX Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [rko2]
Jul 22, 2005 (3:41 pm)
Thanks for your advice. I've already done 1-5 including showing all the gas receipts. I did call Acura and all they did was send me the same papers the dealers all gave me. They calimed that no one has complained about this problem. I find it hard to believe that I will have to wait to hit the 10,000 mile mark before the engine breaks in-I'll trade the car in before that). But I will call Acura again and request they open a file for investigation. Thanks you.
#36 of 251 Re: Acura TSX Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [KarenS]
Jul 24, 2005 (9:01 am)
I've had a 2005 AT TSX for about a month now. In that time, I've averaged 23.7 MPG in a mix of about 90% city (and congested freeway) and 10% open highway. The most recent tank was the best, in spite of me accelerating quite a bit more aggressively now that I'm through the break-in period.
#37 of 251 Re: Acura TSX Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [upset5]
Jul 25, 2005 (6:32 am)
I would check to see if your state has a lemon law.