Last post on Jul 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM
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Saturn Aura, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#58 of 67 08 Aura 3.5
Aug 28, 2008 (9:30 pm)
I get good mileage from my 08 Aura 3.5. In San Antonio traffic I average 26-27. If I drive up to Austin, my average has reached 35. Coming back to San Antonio, it averages 32-33. I am very pleased with that kind of mileage. I'm posted an evaporator leak in another topic.
#59 of 67 Saturn Aura Mileage 3.6 - 6spd
Oct 16, 2008 (12:06 pm)
I took my first long trip recently, from Pittsburgh to Manassas Va. The car had 5300 miles on it, 37 psi in tires (warm), 55 degrees out, no A/C used. I took the mountain route, lots of up and down grades. I was in 4th and 5th gears climbing the hills and the same gears going downhill to keep off the brakes. I averaged 28.2 MPG over a 181 mile leg under those conditions. My average speed was just under 50 mph. I noticed that the transmission does not shift into 6th gear unless the car is going over 45 MPH. I made extensive use of the manual mode and the tap shifters on the hills. That way I could drop into 5th gear instead of having the auto mode drop into 4th gear from 6th. The result was that for the gentler hills, I never had to go to 4th gear. For the longer or steeper hills, I had to go down to 4th from 5th when appropriate. I was also able to go to 6th sooner than the auto mode would have upshifted me as I crested the hills. I kept forgetting that I had to upshift from the lower gears when in manual mode. A few times, I was stopped at a light in manual mode and the engine rev-ed high when the light changed and I did not upshift. I now put the transmission back into auto mode when I stop.
Needless to say, I was very pleased with the mileage under those unfavorable conditions. On the next leg of the trip (57 miles) using freeways only and traveling 60 - 65 MPH, I averaged 33.6 MPH. I checked my speedometer using my GPS and it was 237.9 miles (car) and 237.2 (GPS). When I hand calculated my mileage, I found that the car's computer over estimated MPG by 3% or about 1 mph too high. Still happy with the results.
On the return trip, I averaged 33.5 MPG on the expressway using the A/C this time, but saw the MPG fall off to 27.3 when I hit two lane highways, traffic and traffic lights (before 3% error reduction).
I expect to get 34 MPG on level uncongested highways and accept that hills, traffic and lights must reduce this figure commensurate with the distance travelled under less favorable conditions.
By comparison, my 2000 Chevy Venture van with a 3.4 - 4spd automatic, rarely hit 30 MPG on the trip computer which always read 5% high or about 1.5 MPG less true mileage. The difference was due to weight, aerodynamics and the engine/transmission efficiencies.
When I feel that my MPG levels off, meaning that my engine is fully broken in, I will switch to synthetic oil to maybe get even better mileage. If you use synthetic too soon, you may not allow the engine to break in sufficiently.
#60 of 67 Re: FOLLOW-UP: 07 AURA XR 3.6 V6, 9K Miles [chicagodrive1]
Nov 15, 2008 (8:53 am)
I also would like to know if there is a "stingy" mode. My 4-cyl 08 only gets about 16-18 mpg in town. I've tried driving as gently as possible (getting honks from other drivers).
#61 of 67 Re: FOLLOW-UP: 07 AURA XR 3.6 V6, 9K Miles [hillary4prez]
Nov 20, 2008 (2:54 pm)
I have the 2008 4cyl XE, 5K miles. Today finished a 2-way trip of 300 miles each way, 1 person aboard, light luggage, 95% on flat interstates at 70mph on cruise control, air temperature at 50-73 degrees. All tires at 30psi per the sticker. Going - 27mpg with premium gas. Returning - 26mpg with mid-grade gas. Calculated mpg - not the trip computer. I am very disappointed.
#62 of 67 Re: FOLLOW-UP: 07 AURA XR 3.6 V6, 9K Miles [cwr64]
Nov 20, 2008 (5:07 pm)
CWR 64 - How many miles on your 4 banger? If your under 5000, you'll just have to be ticked off for a while. After 5000 it starts to get better and will reach it's potential after 8000 to 1000 miles.
Oh yea, You'll need to pump up those tires to at least 35front 34rear to get best mileage. 30 is like running on a flat as far as I am concerned. I run 37 front 35 rear when loaded and on a trip. I get 30+ average on the highway at 80 MPH with my 3.6L XR
#63 of 67 Re: FOLLOW-UP: 07 AURA XR 3.6 V6, 9K Miles [hillary4prez]
Nov 20, 2008 (5:14 pm)
Sorry, Stingy Mode is only available for McCain/Palin supporters. Liberals have to buy premium gas and get under 20 MPG.
#64 of 67 Aura 4 cyl XE Fuel Mileage
Jun 10, 2009 (9:27 am)
US EPA rates 4 cyl Aura as 22 City and 33 hwy. US EPA rating is done in a lab on a dyno so is pretty optimistic and that's why few if any get the posted rates. 6 cyl is 17 City/26 hwy. In Real World everyday driving, and with slipstreamfs.com low drag coating on ours, a 4 cyl Aura gets better mileage than the posted EPA rating for a Smart car! Our Aura gets 30 City/45 Hwy 60 mph with no load) verified by OBDII reader Scan Guage II.
US EPA ratings can be found at :http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm
#66 of 67 2008 Aura XE 4-cyl
Jul 14, 2011 (5:13 am)
I drive easy all the time. My 4cyl gets 31 highway, 21 city, using mid-octane gas, mileage calculated by me. It has 15K miles on it now. I'm not happy with this mileage, but now Saturn is gone and I doubt anyone is reading this blog anymore anyway. If I drive the interstate at more than 60-65mph (even on cruise control), the highway mileage drops like a rock.
#67 of 67 Re: 2008 Aura XE 4-cyl [cwr64]
Jul 14, 2011 (9:04 am)
I apologize for your frustrations. I hope this information is beneficial to you:
The best fuel economy possible is the direct result of proper maintenance and good driving habits. Listed below are GM's recommendations to achieve the best mileage possible. The first group are things to consider for your vehicle, while the second are tips relating to your driving habits. One of the major contributors to poor fuel economy are under inflated tires. Tires low with pressure create drag that the vehicle’s powertrain must overcome, wasting dollars in fuel. Always keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure as shown on the vehicle placard. This not only serves to increase gas mileage but cuts down on tire wear, further decreasing your costs per mile.A vehicle that has a dirty air filter can’t efficiently draw air into the engine. This restriction forces the engine to expend energy to "breathe" wasting fuel in the process. Change recommendations are found in your vehicle Owner’s Manual. Always use the proper viscosity oil in your engine. Oil that has a higher than required viscosity will create more drag on the internal components of the engine causing more work for it, especially when cold. Each Owner’s Manual contains information on the proper type of oil for your vehicle. Look for the "starburst" symbol on the front of the bottle, and the SM rating on the API circle on the back label. If you are in doubt, stop by your dealer for an oil change, and any other services required. Most current GM vehicles are equipped with oil life monitors to further assist on the "when" to change your oil. (aveo/Wave/Optra/Epica currently do not have oil life monitors).
Note: GM Vehicles DO NOT require additional engine oil additives. Some additives may cause harmful effects to the internal seals and additionally void the terms of your vehicles New Car Warranty. Purchasing higher than required octane fuel is a waste of money. Using higher octane fuels in a vehicle that only required regular unleaded fuel will neither increase performance nor improve gas mileage. In all cases refer to your owner’s manual and ONLY use the octane rated fuel recommended for your vehicle. Even though current GM vehicles have 100,000 mi (160,000 km) service intervals for spark plugs if your vehicle is at that point in its life, have the spark plugs changed to assure proper running and continued efficient, trouble free operation. Avoid quick/full throttle acceleration from a standstill in town and high cruising speeds on the interstates. While the optimum MPG for highway cruising speed varies from vehicle to vehicle, faster is almost always worse. If your vehicle is equipped with a Driver Information Center that displays Instant Fuel Economy, select that readout and vary your cruising speed while on the highway. The display will change continuously with uphill and downhill sections but you should quickly be able to identify on level ground the speed range that your vehicle does the best in. Avoid leaving unnecessary items in your trunk. It takes power to move increased weight and that means more gasoline consumption and reduced performance. While the change may be slight, multiplied by thousands of miles, it all adds up. Your vehicle uses much more fuel when the engine is cold. This is especially true in the winter months when the engine will take the longest to warm up. Combine errands or trips so that the vehicle only needs to warm up once to encompass many different stops.
Feel free to email me with any questions comments or concerns. Have a great weekend!
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