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Toyota Matrix: MPG-Real World Numbers

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  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    Great mileage, and great reasons behind it. Couldn't agree more.
  • I'm thinking of buying an XRS but I'd like to hear from more people about the gas mileage. Do others get 30 on the highway?
  • gimmegirlgimmegirl Posts: 23
    Are you buying a new XRS? 5-speed or automatic? My 2007 5-speed gets 37-41 MPG both in town and on the road. I'm a bit of a hyper miler. Works for me.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I would check in and say my mileage is still going strong at 6000 miles, '07 XR 5-speed.

    Last night's fill was 11.1 gallons, 390 miles, which is a solid 35 mpg and change. That is all suburban running about, no highway trips in there. My mileage actually seems to be getting a little better now that the engine is getting more broken in. :-)

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • We have over 52000 miles on our 2005 XR 5-speed manual transmission Matrix. Our overall average mileage is 37MPG. On a recent 4600 mile camping trip to Colorado, we averaged 36MPG. This trip included crossing several mountain passes and using dirt Forest Service roads. On the highway, we drive at or just above the speed limit.
  • Your mpg is much more in line with what I'm getting than the other estimates I read on this forum. I'm envious of these high 30's and even 40 mpg. I have 2007 model which I have about 1800 miles on. So far in 5 fill ups I've gotten 26-31 mpg, with 3 of them being in the 27-28 range. This is disappointing since it's a 5-speed and Toyota's estimated mpg is 30-36. Can I expect a better mpg after I get a few more miles on the car?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    40 mpg fill-up this week, was on a bit of a short vacation, the driving was mostly rural at 65 mph and under, with some slow-speed touring around a wildlife refuge (like 15 mph and under for 10-mile stretches), A/C was running most of the time.

    439 miles, 11.0 gallons, I'm going to call that 40!

    Did a bunch of driving today coming back from there, all interstate highway, 70-75 mph with occasional faster bursts, A/C running about 3/4 of the time, got 37.5.

    Obviously slowing down works a lot better to boost mileage in this model than trying to go easy on the A/C use.

    '07 XR, 5-speed, now at 8600 miles (and still no weird signs or sounds from the Goodyear Eagles, treadwear looks even too).

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • I just looked up the recent Estimated New EPA MPG for the 2007 Matrix. It lists the new City as 26 mpg, Hwy 33 mpg with a combined mpg of 29. This is very much in line with what I've been getting. Whatever those of you that are getting in the 40's are doing I would definitely continue. The website for revised mpg is www.fueleconomy.gov.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Yeah, the new EPA numbers are ridiculous, I will expect to routinely exceed the highway rating in all types of driving from now on...the running average for my car (XR 5-speed) is still 35 mpg. :shades:

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    quick check-in with my latest fill-up from today: 382 miles, 10.6 gallons. That's 36 mpg right on the nose. And it is in the usual around-town running about, no long highway trips in there. It's a joke that for '08 this car is rated at 27/33.

    Gas is up to $3.10/gallon in my area, I am almost up to 10K miles in my not-new-any-longer 'Trix, and my running average is still above 35 mpg. This car truly is transformed with the stick shift, I must say. Not only is it more fun to drive, but the fuel economy is a solid 3 points better for me. It still only takes about $30-32 to fill it up after the low fuel light comes on, and I can go 400 miles between fills. :-)

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • I have a 2003 XRS 6-speed with 112k miles. Mileage has been consistently 28 per mixed (50/50) tank, and around 32 for highway trips with the AC off. I do throttle it and hit lift occasionally, but normally I shift around 3k and don't drive it as hard as it wants me to :P
  • dafydafy Posts: 5
    Bought a 2007 XR automatic last year. Live in hilly PA. Averaged 30 mpg. low was 28.9 mpg, high was 32.8 mpg. Fast driver- driving was mixed between highway and local. Suspect you could get a little more out of it if you drive it nice. No problems with it. Tires held up, brakes held up as did everything else. Handled well, fairly quiet and peppy enough. Suspect toyota could get more mileage out of it if they could get the rpm down to idle(800 rpm) when you release the gas pedal. Can carry a lot of stuff with the fold down seats and opening the rear window is a big plus-can bring home long items-10-12 foot 2x4s etc. To get a good price on toyota vehicles, you should get a sunday paper from a place like long island, n.y where there are lots of people, lots of toyota dealers and lots of competion. You can get a base model, auto, power package, winter guard, cruise and mats for 15930. If you are trading in-you got to know the value of the trade. Bring the n.y. add to your toyota dealer and ask them to match it. Suspect you should get a reasonable deal.
  • After posting my question, I ended up buying a 2007 XR Matrix manual transmission 5 speed in July. I was thrilled to get almost 40 mpg from the start! And I really like the car. But, just in the past 3 or 4 weeks I've noticed it slipping and it now has gradually gone from about 38 to 30 mpg! Any ideas about what's going on?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    We ARE getting into winter now. The gas changeover has occurred (it switches to oxygenated gas in November, earlier in some places, which will get you slightly worse gas mileage), and temperatures are colder, causing your car to take longer to warm up in the morning.

    I have seen many people here at Edmunds report a 5-point swing or more from summer to winter in their gas mileage (various models).

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Does anyone else have a reduction in their MPG during the winter months? I live in MA and the same thing happened last winter. My mileage went from 32/34 to 26 or so starting in Nov. thru April. When I called the dealer last winter he said it has to do with the additives in the gas? This seems a strange occurance.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Not additives, oxygenates blended in. the more oxygenates in your gas, the lower your mileage will be. But that's not the only thing of course. Cold weather makes your car warm up slower too, any time it has been sitting for a few hours or more. And when it is running cold, it is burning a LOT more gas than when it is at full operating temperature.

    The more cold starts you have per tank of gas, the more your mileage will swing DOWN in the winter.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • I have an '03 auto XR and over the 75k miles I've put on it, I average 33.6MPG. Best was 42, worst 28. 40s were when I was breaking in the car and babying it and I usually drive a little aggressive so it probably could be better. Make sure to keep your tires at the optimal psi and occasionally stay off the brake.
  • tedd66tedd66 Posts: 4
    Just got a 2007 XR with 18k on it, and got ~23 MPG in 100% city driving (Kalamazoo, MI so small, city) on the first fill-up. Dead of winter, oxygenated gas, all in-town driving, 6 mile one-way commute total and automatic transmission are probably costing me 5-6 MPG over "normal" driving conditions. I expect closer to 26-30 in summer, with more mixed driving and non-oxygenated gas.
  • I have an '05, just bought it the end of Nov. First tank of gas was regular 89 octane, I got 35 mpg and was pleasantly surprised, because the gas gauge seemed to go down fast, but my mileage was up! Second tank was 91 octane-I figured I'd get better mileage, but no! This tank fell to 27mpg. Whassup? Do you all run supreme or regular? During the second tank we had really cold temps, if that matters....
  • I have an '05, just bought it the end of Nov. First tank of gas was regular 89 octane, I got 35 mpg and was pleasantly surprised, because the gas gauge seemed to go down fast, but my mileage was up! Second tank was 91 octane-I figured I'd get better mileage, but no! This tank fell to 27mpg. Whassup? Do you all run supreme or regular? During the second tank we had really cold temps, if that matters....
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