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Acura TL Real World MPG

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
Please share your TL's actual MPG.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates

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  • jkgreer2jkgreer2 Posts: 42
    In 15 months of driving, mostly without use of air conditioning and after the first 2 months of break-in driving, I have consistently obtained about 24 to 27 mpg in-town, and 29 to 31 mpg on long trips. My 2004 TL is a 6 speed manual with high performance all-season tires, which were swapped with hp 'summer' tires at initial purchase to improve wet weather traction.
  • ed31cincyed31cincy Posts: 56
    '04 TL, auto, non-navi, Bridgestone EL42 inflated to 32-35 psi. City: 21-23 mpg, Highway: 29-33 mpg. If you put your right foot into it, you are going to see 16-18 mpg city, and you'll wear out the brakes and tires pretty quickly, too.
  • bhelsdonbhelsdon Posts: 134
    04, Auto, Navi, with 32k. I do 98% highway driving with a 92 Mile commute each way on 65mph highways( which actually means 80mph+ during rush hour). My A/C is always on and I always put 93 octane in, and I average 27-29mpg.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    You guys driving TL Hybrids? :P

    For me, pure highway driving would be about 31 - 32 mpg.
    Semi city - about 21 - 23 mpg
    Pure urban driving - 16.5 - 19.5 mpg.

    But here's the kicker. Those numbers are based on imperial gallons, which is 20% larger than US gallons. :cry:
  • danny1878danny1878 Posts: 339
    TL'04 auto
    24/25 mpg with speed avg 31mph for the last 6k miles. (70 miles daily)
    City driving about 50% @25-40mph speed limit
    Highway 55-65 mph speed limit.
    Mostly using 93 octane gas but lately I use 50% regular and 50% premium. It turns out the mpg gets better (dont whether it may works on other car) by 1 mpg from 24 to 25.

    It got worse to 21 mpg once before the 2nd service @13k miles but it went up again after I used a $7 fuel system cleaner and had the car serviced the next day as required by the computer.
  • bruizerbruizer Posts: 6
    18.5 mpg so far with two tankfuls of gas and one month of ownership. Almost all city/suburban roads with some hard accelerations. :shades:
  • tawneycattawneycat Posts: 114
    I get 30 mpg in commute (25 mi one way commute 65 max flat and steady)
    I get 32 on highway light load little AC
    I get low 20S around town.
    this is consistent with my 04 TL.
    Aggressive driving lowers all this greatly. I imagine few people drive the way I do.

    It shows this wide tired hvy car is quite efficient overall. Motorweek and other testers have been very impressed with long term mileage. Most report mid 25-26 overall during 20 k miles--not bad at all.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,590
    In mixed local/highway commute, 40 miles/day. Average speed around 30mph.

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • drcohendrcohen Posts: 20
    Just a little over 575 miles. My last two tank fills have yielded about 17.6 to 18.1 MPG in 90% urban driving and trying like h^%^ to keep my nervous foot of it.
    I can hardly wait to take this baby up the coast...I anticipate great MPG's.

    My last car, Infiniti i30T had actually better MPG around town, 18.5 to 20.5 consistantly.

    Interesting because I almost went for a G35 which EPA's at 18 town vs. 20 for the TL. I would hope that with time the TL will yield better town MPG.

  • bruizerbruizer Posts: 6
    On a recent 700 mile trip with probably 3% city driving. The car is very smooth on the highway - I was averaging about 75 mph, but got it up to 120 once on some back roads. :shades:
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Hey, slow down!!! :shades: It is very easy to go way over the speed limit in the TL without realizing you are going 90. :P
  • tawneycattawneycat Posts: 114
    I must be a mpg freak. I honestly get 30 mpg plus on my commute. Last fill up yesterday was way full 8 gallons and 245 miles. Last fillup was 7 gallons on 220 miles. I have an odd commute. Leave suburbia going downhill to the expressway about one mile and drive 24 miles at 62 mpg average and steady early morning.
    At times I have gotten 36 mpg on this commute but with slow downs, warm ups and parking lot time back into the 30-31 range. I have never been pure city but at those times I do the MPG plummets.
    The engine is very efficient at 60-70 mph, cd of .29 I recall and super tall gearing all make for a nice highway experience. I alway got simliar MPG in my 02 TL.
    I mix 87 and 93 50/50 each tank.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    So your commute is downhill both coming and going? :surprise: :surprise:
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    In a TL, it always seems you are going down hill :P
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    MPG freak....have you tried to not mix the gas octane and have you noticed any differences in MPG? For instance...going with straight 87 versus straight 93?
  • tawneycattawneycat Posts: 114
    Funny. You must be a surveyor as the difference best be zero. Point being during that warmup car is coasting mostly and avg to work is 35-36. return usually with ac on is high 20S. hence the low 30's average.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Hmm....could that be the reason my wife says I've been going downhill for years?! :blush: :confuse: :cry:
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Me too! :blush: :confuse: :sick:
  • drcohendrcohen Posts: 20
    Well my third tank (303 miles) with mostly urban driving with roughly 60 miles of it steady @60-70 mph yielded a better 22.12 MPG. Not too bad........time will tell.

    I'm not happy, because it only means I need to be "light footed" around town.
    Hell why have all this HP teasing me and reminding me that my drivers license is important.

    I should have purchased an economy sub-compact with no radio, 13" wheels, 98 HP, lumpy seats, no luxo stuff and just be happy to be bored with more money in the bank.

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