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Toyota Echo Real World MPG

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    299 miles, 7.7 gallons, which is just shy of 39 mpg. Lemme guess, the winter gas has come back?

    Still 39 is acceptable as long as it doesn't repeat too often...

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    last night's fill was 363 miles, 8.6 gallons, for an average over 42 mpg. Oh yesssss! :-)

    They say resale values of large SUVs are rebounding as gas prices stay moderately low. I say, why spend all that extra dough to gas up, even if it IS less expensive right now?

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Just thought I would check in and say the superlative fuel economy has continued into the winter this year. Today's fill-up was 415 miles, 10.2 gallons, which by my calculator is 40.7 mpg. Not too bad. :-)

    Gas is going back up in my area even though it's still winter, up to $2.70/gallon now. Glad my little car will go so far on each ounce of gas...I was thinking about it today, and with this gas mileage, my Echo only needs 3 ounces of gas to go a mile, or to put it another way, just a Big Gulp of gas would propel my Echo more than 10 miles! :-)

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    and gas is up another dime to $2.80/gal. We still aren't at March 1st! I guess we will be well over $3/gal before Labor Day this year. Hard to believe it was only two short years ago we still had prices like $1.50/gal.

    Tonight was not so good, 395 miles on 10.25 gallons which only comes to 38.5 mpg. Averaged with the last tank I am slightly below the 40-mpg average I have come to count on.

    It's time for fresh oil, air filter, and tire rotation next week. Perhaps that will boost my mpg numbers a bit. :-)

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

  • mopar71mopar71 Posts: 31
    When I first bought my echo I was getting 41-42 mpg but as the engine got older the mpgs went down,now I get about 38.I will replace the trans fluid with a synthetic to see if my mpgs go up.What does everybody else get?I already use synthetic engine oil and low rolling resistant tires,drive only highway and steady 65 mph.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    was 8.25 gallons, 337 miles, which is around 41 mpg. Gas is up to $3.30/gallon for me now. :-(

    It helps that my daily driver is the Echo! It now has 81K on the clock. How many miles on yours, mopar71?

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

  • mopar71mopar71 Posts: 31
    On my 03 echo I have 97k and on my 00 I had 155k.My daughter just got into an accident with my 2000 :cry: . My daughter is ok :) I think I will keep it for parts,I will get an estimate to see how much it will cost to repair,My insurance will not pay because of the mileage and age,plus I didnt have collision.What year is your Echo?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    mine is an '02, bought in October of that year. It's going to be 5 years old this fall, and I figure it will have about 90K on it by then. I am hoping to hit 120K before having to repair anything. :-)

    Certainly it is a very good car to have around with the gas getting ready to hit $4/gallon.

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

  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    I changed my oil last week and used Mobil 1 5W-20 for the first time. Over the last 342 miles the car used 6.75 gallons (US, not imperial). Works out to an MPG of 50.66.

    I have only had better MPG last year in Arizona on a long stretch of highway at a steady 56 MPH and getting close to 52 MPG (51.92).

    Total miles on my car are 165k. This little critter is getting better and better.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    My 2001 ECHO with about 36k miles has gotten about 40 mpg average over its lifetime. UNTIL last fall when I started using gas with 10% alcohol in it. Then I started getting 33-35 mpg same type of driving ie city driving about 6 miles a trip speeds 45 mph. They say at the station this is the "winter forumla". Now the last two tanks Im back to 40 mpg. Winter formula must be gone now.
    A couple years ago i went to Atlantic City and back a distance of about 165 miles. I went a steady 60 mpg and got 51 mpg when I filled the tank. I almost never drive long distances and over 45 mph. Thats the only time this happened. Better than a Prius I think!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    and yes, it was 41, not surprising given my track record with this car. 402 miles, 9.8 gallons, which is exactly 41 mpg. I'm just about to turn over 82K miles. :-)

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

  • dsemerydsemery Posts: 5
    2003 2dr sedan, 89k miles currently.

    usually get 41 mpg, depending on AC use.
    Rear and passenger seats removed for better cargo capacity, negligible improovement in MPG.
    Mostly rural/highway driving on eastern LI which has some hills, but is generally flat. A couple trips to Toronto via the Adirondacks, similar milage.
  • mopar71mopar71 Posts: 31
    These cars get between 35 to 42 miles per gallon(MPG). If someone says that they get 50(MPG) they must be talking about MPH-miles per hour or they dont know math!I have 2 echos,a 2000 and a 2003.I also have 2 friends that have echos to! Nobody has ever gotten 50 miles per gallon.I also put Mobile 1 0w20 and still get about 39, now that I put royal purple in the trans it got me an extra mpg.It shifts a lot more smoother to.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    I got 52 mpg once drive 162 mile to Atlantic City and back. One of the rare times I drive on the highway above 45 mph. I went 60-65 the whole way. I never repeated that so I dont know if it was a fluke. But I do have about 8000 highway miles under the cars belt at 80 mph. Then its gets a pretty consistant 42 mpg.
  • mopar71mopar71 Posts: 31
    It was probably a fluke,Once I went to a gas station and told the attendant to fill it up,The nozzle stopped pumping so the attendant assumed it was full,when I did my calculation(I keep a calculator in my car)I got over 60 mpg.I told the guy that The car was not full he gave me only 6 gallons,I told him to repump and sure enough he pumped an additional 3 gallons.When I redid the math it was 37 mpg.To do these calculations correct you are better going to the same gas station,this way the car is in the same position,also fill it to the top and zero the odometer.then when you go and fill it again(usually when its almost empty,then you do your calculation.miles devided by gallons.I just did mine yesterday.EXAMPLE=350.5 miles driven after the attendant filled it up he put in 8.837 gallons.I rezero my odometer for my next trip.350.5/8.837=39.662. I used my airconditioner quit a bit.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    I do use the same gas station even the exact same pump. I even buy almost exactly the same ammount of fuel every two weeks, five gallons. The only strange thing that seems to happen is that one week I get 42-44 mpg and the next week I will get 36-38. Cant explain that.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Pshaw! I got 50 mpg in the Echo on two different tankfuls. It was a winter trip to SoCal, took the coast road (101) so more flat terrain and no 80 mph passing stuff, in contrast with I-5. Set the cruise on 65, never had to use A/C, was doing 500 miles per tank and putting in 10 gallons at a shot. That's 50 in my book.

    I was doing one thing different on purpose to see how high I could boost my mileage, and that was instead of passing cars by speeding up, I would slow down behind them until the road was clear, and then pass them at 65 mph (101 is 4 or 6 lanes the whole way, in case you're worried! :-P). It was an evening drive both ways, neither day was Friday or Sunday, so I could do that easily as there wasn't a lot of traffic.

    Another long trip I took in it, I was running 65-70 mph with higher-speed passing and had the A/C running all the way, and was still pulling 46 mpg in long highway stints.

    The Echo is possibly the most amazing gas-saving machine sold by a major car manufacturer since the days of Geo Metros and the special hi-mi Civics of the late 80s and early 90s.

    edit: when I am in town, the Echo is my commute car, and like kneisl1 I always fill at the same gas station, almost always at the same pump. Unlike kneisl, however, my mileage never varies much. 39 is a rare and low reading, 42 would be rare and high. Almost without exception the mileage is always 40-41 in town, and I fill it when the light comes on, so my fills are always 9.5-10 gallons. Gotta love that consistency! ;-)

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

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    Thats practically as good as a Prius would get on the highway. Prius does its best around town where the battery can come into play. Which is good because most driving is done there. On the road forget it, the battery isnt used and your lugging around 1000 pounds of advanced technology that might as well be a load of stone. Oh well at least the poor sods have their lie-o-meter pinball machine dashboard they can monitor the mileage on. Of course they believe it and think they are just the bees knees driving such a wonderfull car! All the while they have been goofed into paying twice as much for a car as an ECHO/Yaris. Which gets 80% (or better) of the mileage.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    I have done the same trip in the Prius, and managed 45 mpg or so. I would say if most of your driving is on the highway and you don't mind spartan equipment levels, you would be better off saving $12 grand and buying an Echo, now Yaris, than springing for the Prius.

    But of course if you do a grinding stop-and-go commute every day and you like luxury features in your car, well then of course you should go with the Prius.

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

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    If you buy a Prius over a Yaris you will pay thousands for that decision. I would urge anyone considering such a purchase to do a carefull study of the bottom line. The Prius is not a viable economic proposition. (compared to the Yaris or better yet, a used ECHO)
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