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I had a reminder yesterday of how much weather can factor into fuel economy. I made a 240-mile round trip in my wife's 2013 Sonata 2.4L, with four adults in the car. The outbound trip was at about 50 degrees, light mist, and a strong tailwind (sometimes crosswind). Speed most of the time was ~67 mph with several slower stints for road construction, also a few stoplights and 10 miles up front urban. FE on that leg was 39.7 mpg. On the return trip, I was usually driving into that stiff wind, and had a few more stoplights due to a slightly different route. Temperature was in upper 50s. FE for that leg was only 34.9 mpg. Still quite good given the EPA highway rating is 35 and I had four people in the car and not all highway driving.
@Backy elevation changes are also a factor. I even notice it on my just under 30 mile round trip commute.
Oh definitely. I've noticed that too. That could have played a bit of a role in my case as the destination elevation is ~100 feet less than the starting elevation.
I have a 2013 GLS that is getting 25-26 mpg city and 35-38 hwy. We just got a turbo SE and getting 23 city 34 hwy although only for a week on it.
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