Last post on Jul 22, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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#159 of 168 Re: city mileage 2 [acdii]
May 06, 2009 (11:16 am)
I saw that episode! They also showed wind tunnel testing of a model to visualize the "bubble effect."
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#160 of 168 Re: city mileage 2 [acdii]
by steve_ HOST
May 06, 2009 (10:07 pm)
I remember being a bit surprised about the poorer showing the Edmunds testers had with the tailgate up, since I've also heard for a few years that the tailgate down trick hurts more than it helps. Those net things you sometimes see in place of tailgates probably hurt worse of all.
My quibble with that test was with the roof racks. I only lose about 1 mpg hauling canoes, but I guess they are shaped better than hunks of luggage up there. I do take my racks off when I'm not hauling stuff up there.
I usually manage to beat the EPA estimates in my rides. The egg trick is good, and I like to try to anticipate stop lights. In town I note the flashing of crosswalk signals to give me an idea if I can beat the yellow or if I should just coast in gear* and let the light change on me.
(*Coasting in gear uses less gas than coasting in neutral thanks to the way fuel injection works. Go figure.)
#161 of 168 Re: city mileage 2 [steve_]
May 07, 2009 (1:33 pm)
So far my mileage on the VC is holding pretty steady 21 MPG, actually had it up to 21.6 for a while today, but that damn traffic lights and putting people doing 5 under for some reason hurt my overall. My average drive is between 35 and 60 MPH through suburbs and county highways. If I can catch lights and not get stuck behind someone doing 5 under or hitting the brakes constantly, I get pretty good MPG.
#162 of 168 Veracruz SE AWD
May 08, 2009 (6:34 am)
I have had my Veracruz, silver with black leather, for two years now and have accumulated 20,000 miles. It runs like new and looks,inside and out, like the day I got it, even the tires show little wear. (keep them inflated to 35psi)
I can usually expect about 25 or 26 on the highway and when pushed hard like on my recent trip to Daytona and back, 2400 miles of hard driving on mostly interstate roads, maybe down to 23 or 24. This is a heavy vehicle (4600 lbs.) so don't expect it to act like a much lighter Honda CRV. Remember the faster you drive the less gas mileage you can expect.
R M H
#163 of 168 Re: Veracruz SE AWD [rmhockman]
May 08, 2009 (9:13 am)
I've been playing around with the trip meter button (haven't read all my manuals yet) and it seems in one setting I see 16.5 avg mpg and at another setting I see 21.6 avg mpg. What gives?
#164 of 168 Re: Veracruz SE AWD [pinevalleyite]
May 08, 2009 (12:27 pm)
Use the dash readout as reference only. Hand calculate to get the most accurate readings over several tanks. For 3 tanks of 87 I add the miles, add the gallons, and divide total miles by total gallons to get the real average MPG. I have records for every tank fill with miles, plus I know how many miles were on when I bought it and how many gallons were in the car when delivered so for lifetime I can figure out the overall MPG, haven't done it yet, soon though.
#165 of 168 MPG decreasing...any suggestions?
Jul 21, 2012 (10:57 am)
We bought a 20111 Veracuz 1 year ago. My mileage has noticeably dropped 3-4 MPG in the last few months. I've checked tire pressure, air filter and run synthetic oil. Any ideas, suggestions for improving the MPG?
#166 of 168 Re: MPG decreasing...any suggestions? [veracruz2011]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 21, 2012 (12:03 pm)
We have plenty of tips but it sounds like you may have something else going.
Are you recording the mpg manually? If you are relying on the dash readout, best double-check to make sure it's not off.
If the numbers are right, then I'd want to check the brakes to make sure they aren't dragging. Maybe try some Techron for the injectors. I'm assuming you didn't notice any unusual tread wear when you checked the tire pressure.
MPG generally gets better in the summer but I suppose you could be running the AC a lot. Still, 3 to 4 mpg is a pretty big drop.
Maybe there's a fuel filter issue or maybe the ECU is out of whack. But if the computer or a sensor is messed up, usually you'd have other issues, like hesitation, or a check engine light coming on. The thermostat could be another cause. Maybe getting an auto show to pull any codes would turn up something.
One thing that may help, assuming nothing is wrong, is trying to find some ethanol free gas.
#167 of 168 Re: MPG decreasing...any suggestions? [steve_]
Jul 22, 2012 (12:22 pm)
MPG generally gets better in the summer but I suppose you could be running the AC a lot.
Around here - MPG typically drops in the summer due to heavy AC use. My experience is that it drops more than in the winter.
#168 of 168 Re: MPG decreasing...any suggestions? [robr2]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 22, 2012 (1:13 pm)
Interesting - my van lived in Boise for 10 years with mild winters in town and hot summers (mostly 90s but 105 wasn't unusual). Skimming my spreadsheet doesn't really show any winter/summer trends. But I don't have a commute nor drive in heavy stop and go, so that could be a big factor when using the AC too.
The Subaru appears to do better in the winter, but I don't really drive it much the other three seasons.