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Scion tC, Scion xB, Scion xA, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#472 of 508 follow up on 5-spd manual xB
May 08, 2008 (3:34 pm)
Recently finished a 1500+ mile trip on the open roads (New Mexico to Alabama). My average for all tank fill ups was 32.45 mpg (most of it cruising 70mph). During my normal commute (30%city / 70%hwy) in Albuquerque, NM, I'm still averaging 33-34 mpg (see post #412). I believe the reason for this is that my hwy speeds seldom exceed 65mph locally. Additionally, I try to anticipate slow downs in traffic and accelerate as smoothly as possible. I've observed that the gas mileage begins decreasing after 50 mph (on long flat roads, I've observed 36+ mpg); exponentially more beyond 65 mph due to the aerodynamics of the xB. During one leg of my trip, I cruised 80 mph and the average for the tank was only 28 mpg.
#473 of 508 Re: follow up on 5-spd manual xB [hbgti1]
May 22, 2008 (7:26 pm)
Last update... Total roundtrip of 3000+ miles on interstate (70-75mph) returned 31.25mpg. Just finished a tank used mostly on my daily work commute and still got 33mpg. All calculations done by miles traveled/gallons filled (I can use the trip computer as an estimate as it's fairly consistent about being 5% optomistic).
#474 of 508 06 xB - Manual transmission
Jun 14, 2008 (6:26 pm)
I recently purchased a used '06 with 5800 miles. I got a great price from a couple who used it as a pull along behind their RV. Purchase price was $10,000. I've liked the original body style since it first debuted. The ever increasing gas prices was good motivation for making the purchase. I've slightly over-inflated the tires from factory specs to maximize fuel efficiency (35 psi all around). My first tank delivered 37 mpg driving around locally on city streets with a few quick runs on the freeways (never more than 70 mph). My second tank which was consumed entirely on the highway (averaging 75-80mph) driving from Richmond to Baltimore delivered 32 mpg. I've been very pleased with the mileage...I'll try to maintain a more reasonable speed on my next highway trip for a more accurate reading on the mpg. 32 - 38 mpg and a fill-up costing less than $40 ($4 a gallon) is great!
#475 of 508 08 xB manual transmission - first roadtrip
Jun 17, 2008 (4:15 am)
Just returned from a 900 mile roundtrip, mostly interstates at 70+ mph. We averaged 31 mpg. The engine has plenty of power and we had no problems keeping up with the crazy drivers on the NJ Turnpike.
#476 of 508 Re: I think Scion/Toyota intentionally lie about mileage [disappointed13]
Jul 07, 2008 (3:34 pm)
Kinda strange on the mileage. I bought a 2006 XA Stick shift car in Sprinfield, Mo and drove it home to a surprising 39 mpg. We bought the car for famed Toyota reliability and then got this great gas mileage. I knew it would be good but not that good.
Have since made another long trip from Missouri to Chicago and the car continues in the 35 to 39 mpg range. And the Seating and vehicle height were a pleasant surprise also.
If this is a young persons car, as touted by Toyota, then I and my wife are going through our second childhood as we are both in our late 60's and love this little traveler!!!!!
#477 of 508 Re: I think Scion/Toyota intentionally lie about mileage [jodokes]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 08, 2008 (7:21 am)
If you drive under 65 mph and solely on the highway, you can get 35-39 mpg in an xA; but once you get home and drive mixed city/hwy, you'll get about 33-34 mpg, and if you drive over 65 mph, your mileage will drop significantly on this car, as it is not geared for high highway speeds.
#478 of 508 Re: I think Scion/Toyota intentionally lie about mileage [jodokes]
Jul 08, 2008 (4:40 pm)
My MPG is just fine in my XB. I just tallied the MPG on my 2005 XB with auto. 330.3 miles and filled 9.7 gal. right up to the top of the filler neck for 34.05 mpg. Travel is 75% highway and 25% city. Highway speeds during this tank were up to 70 mph on my 70 mile daily round tripper. MPG has been very consistant with the EPA figures since my 3rd tank way back in 2005.
I usually run the defrost in the morning for the 35 mile run and run with the windows open on the afternoon return trip. Pennzoil 5w 30 full synthetic oil and tire pressure at 34 PSI. Current OD reading at 86,000 miles.
#479 of 508 08 xB manual
Jul 11, 2008 (6:35 pm)
With 9000 miles on the odo, my last two fill ups yielded my best mpg yet: 35.25mpg and 36.55mpg. My last fill up was 10.612 gal to 387.9 miles; the gas light hadn't come on yet, as my gas gauge was slightly below 1/8 tank. My tires are set to factory recommended 35fr/32rr, AC used 50% of the time, daily commute 42 miles roundtrip. My average speed on the last tank was 33mph. I plan on using synthetic oil in the fall. Without AC use and synthetic, I'm hoping to get close to 40mpg on a fill one day. This type of mileage has surprised me considering the size engine/weight of the car.
Jul 13, 2008 (6:22 pm)
I have around 33K miles. With automatic transmission, driving ~50 miles daily with 2 adults, 2 children (both with heavy child car seats), and 2 30-40 pound bags, and sometimes a fully furnished golf bag. With 2 children in the car, the A/C is on contantly. I normally avoid interstate highway, as I have realized that my MPG suffers in the highway. Still riding on the OEM goodyear tires, often shift into neutral to time my speed to the next green light. I have been getting low 30's for the first 20K miles or so, but the MPG has been increasing since then. Now at 33K, I am getting 34-35 mpg consistently. My wife drives the car on some weekends. Then the MPG suffers. funny, but no kidding.
I wish it was a manual, but my wife can't drive one. I have a Honda Element with manual transmission. The best I got from that vehicle is 34.5, the worse was 23, with reliable estimate of median MPG at about 26. Element, too, showed better MPG as it aged. It has just over 79K now.
Both vehicles are amazngly reliable, low maintenance (neither had any maintenance expenses other than 5000-10000 mile oil change and a new set of BFG tires on the Honda), and retains their resales values. Paid just below 20K in 2003 and still fetches about 10-12K. The xb was just over 16K (including taxes, etc) in 2006 and still fetches about 13K. Local classified lists both vehicles at much higher prices. I am very please with these vehicles. These are unfathomable figures for any of the Detroit 3 vehicles.
Jul 14, 2008 (1:51 pm)
I have 05 tC with 47k miles on it. I was trying to see how much difference is made when driving style is changed and the result was amazing.
I never got more than 23~24 miles per gallon on city/suburban driving for the past three years. With the recent hikes in gas prices, I tried to maintain RPM's below 2500 except when necessary and not to exceed 65MPH on highways (when I had to take highways) and I was able to get 30 miles per gallon for the last two fill-ups. I did not think the difference would be this huge and was amazed with the result.
Please try to do the same thing as I did and I believe you'll see the similiar result. 20% increase in MPG will make a big difference at the pump when you consider $4 gallon gas price these days.