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#418 of 437 5 fillups since purchased
Apr 02, 2011 (12:34 pm)
We've used 5 tanks since trading for a '10 Mazda5 automatic, average 28.4 mpg. happy with that waiting to try a road trip.
#419 of 437 Re: 5 fillups since purchased [hurschelh]
Apr 02, 2011 (12:49 pm)
Still amazed by all these reports of great mileage with the 5. I finally managed to achieve 20.3 mpg (city) with ethanol-free gas and very close attention to rpm's/shifting, but 25, let alone 28, seems impossible to comprehend!
#420 of 437 highway mpg
Apr 06, 2011 (11:03 am)
Just completed a trip to Myrtle Beach - for 420 miles round trip, we got 32 mpg. Most are highways. Speed around 68 mile/hour
#421 of 437 Re: Not quite the high city mileage either... [321zoom]
Apr 18, 2011 (9:05 am)
Update on the fill-up: 24.4mpg
Got to the yellow warning light before I filled up and ended up with 322 miles (13.19 gallons)
This is 1/2 of our Prius so of course I'm not all that jazzed (though I'm sure if I compared to an Explorer or Highlander, I'd feel different). Again, I practiced much of the hyper-miling techniques and this was all-city very short trip driving. This current tank my wife drove (she doesn't know the word hyper-miling) and am driving with traffic (faster acceleration to speed limit) to see "real world" numbers to compare to. I will guess that I'll be in the low 20s this time.
Other than mileage, so far this car/minivan/whatever is awesome!
#422 of 437 Re: 5 fillups since purchased [davempls]
Apr 18, 2011 (9:18 am)
Guessing you're doing all city driving. Some hints:
A biggie to watch is acceleration. The more you ease the car to the wanted speed the better.
When you see a red light (or break lights) WAY up ahead, foot off pedal & coast. Treat your break as your enemy because you're wasting momentum that could be used for "free" distance without gas.
See if at least these 2 easy things makes a difference for you.
#423 of 437 Long-Term Mileage 2007 GT 4sp Auto
Apr 18, 2011 (11:03 am)
Just turned 98,000 miles. 70% LA freeway and 30% street - averaging 24MPG. Highs of 27, lows of 22. Not bad, considering the sticker is 21/26.
#424 of 437 Re: Long-Term Mileage 2007 GT 4sp Auto [lcostantino]
Apr 26, 2011 (7:29 am)
It always suprises me that not everyone is getting at least high 20's for hwy trips. I just got back from a trip from milwaukee to south haven MI, a total trip of 435 miles that included getting caught in bad traffic on the dan ryan expressway, and my low fuel light is'nt even on yet. The tank will probally be around 30-31 mpg, and I really did'nt do anything special except avoid speeding and use the cruise control.
As far as telling fuel mpg from the gas gauge, I've found that starting from a completely topped up tank that 1/2 tank is almost exactly 10 gallons used and the low fuel light comes on at nearly exactly 15 gals used.
This info is useful as you can see how your doing while still driving by doing some basic mental math. I for instance am pleased to see 300 miles at 1/2 tank as I know I'm getting at least 30 mpg.
#425 of 437 Re: Long-Term Mileage 2007 GT 4sp Auto [dean1966]
Apr 28, 2011 (4:23 am)
What highway speeds were you maintaining? About 60mph?
#426 of 437 Re: Long-Term Mileage 2007 GT 4sp Auto [bobw3]
Apr 28, 2011 (5:06 am)
Average fwy speeds are around 70-75 in my neck of the woods, until you head closer to LA, then stop/go to around 25MPH.
#427 of 437 Re: Long-Term Mileage 2007 GT 4sp Auto [bobw3]
Apr 29, 2011 (4:02 am)
No, I just went whatever speed limit there was, which was 65 for around 2/3rds and 70 going up michigans coast. I was also pretty heavily loaded with 4 adults and all their stuff for a 4 day weekend. The back of the car was completely full.
I finally tanked up yesterday, and put in 15.02 gallons in with 474 on the odo for 31.56mpg.
I am suprised it was quite that high considering the horrible traffic jam I got caught in on the way there on the dan ryan exp. My trip out took 45 minutes longer than on the way back and it was all added in stop and go traffic on the ryan.