Yes. I can actually surpass EPA HWY figures. Driving at 55 MPH on hwy, with no crazy starts and stops, or asshat passing maneuvers, I've seen 24 MPG. EPA HWY rating is 19 MPG.
Easily. Protege is rated 22/28 and last tank was 33 mpg (mixed city and highway). Lowest I've gotten is about 25.
In most of my cars I get around the highway number in city driving.
Back when I was delivering pizza I even averaged 30 mpg in an '89 Camry wagon (manual) that was rated 23/29. My strategy is lots of throttle getting up to speed, then get into high gear as soon as possible and maintain that speed. Coast in gear as much as possible. Anticipate stop lights and try to not stop if you don't have to.
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I do think our Canadian numbers are a bit whack. Yes, a Focus is advertised at 60mpg which is 4.8l/100km or 49mpg US. Whereas in the US this same car is rated at 40mpg with the SFE package. But speed limits are generally higher in the states than here
Yup, no problem.
My GTI is rated 20/28, 23 combined. I get 23-24 pure city driving. Got 31mpg pure highway (cruise set around 72mph). Mixed is 26-28. Pretty happy with that.
Husband's car is an '01 Jetta TDI. Also doss better than rated. 35/44. Got 52mpg highway and 47 mixed. But EPA tends to under-rate the diesels it seems.
Our '84 Jetta TD blows the EPA ratings out of the water as well. Gotta love those diesels...
My New Beetle 2.slow was about on par with EPA ratings.
I'd say so. about 60% of my driving is city and EPA say 21/29 24 combined.
Here is my last 10k miles....
If I drove exactly 50% i'd easily be at 24mpg. And if I didn't have to drive over a 500-foot hill both ways going anywhere it would be even better
EPA estimates for my 2008 9-3 are 19 city (wtf really?) / 29 highway. Real world average of 25.5 (mixed daily commute). Took it to Road America a couple years ago, three dudes and a trunk full of camping gear, averaged 32mpg on the highway. Real numbers, not the computer calculator.
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My golf had 30MPG from the EPA, but I would regularly get 35-36mpg mix of both highway and lead foot city driving. Swapped from the crappy 1.8 CIS-E went to ABA swap with taller 5th gear and Megasquirt. That is how I produced good MPG.
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For people going smoothly, EPA highway is not a big deal to beat.
One reason is that in their short highway protocol, they have a lot of speed variation.
They also have a 'high speed' (80 mph) estimation but I don't know how this (and 2 other tests they mention) is integrated in highway figures.
I get 20.5mpgUS with awful traffic. Range is 18/28. It looks representative to me.
my outback has this rating
I constantly get about 20-21
its a 6 speed even.
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My TTq is listed at 18/26, and I certainly beat the highway numbers, which hover around 30+mpg in 6th at 65mph. City is better, but not by a lot. I average 25-26mpg, with about 70% highway driving (which certainly helps the averages). I noticed that long-term mileage went up as I did bolt-ons, and am interested to see what a big-turbo engine will do (either normal 1.8l or possibly a bored, 9.5:1 1.9l)
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2.5L with 6-speed.
I average about 27 in warm weather. 60/40 for HWY/CITY
EPA is 21/29.
Cruising on HWY at 55MPH I get 33MPG all day. But take it down the freeway at 70MPH and you'll enjoy 26MPG
Twisties while switching between 2nd and 3rd and staying at redline - 17MPG.
I think it gets about what the EPA says. Around the low to mid 20's. If I have a heavy foot it dips quite a bit.