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Saturn Outlook Real World MPG

steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,014
Please report on your Outlook's mileage. Please include any details that will help others compare their mpg to yours - how much city/highway driving, your model, 2WD/4WD, your terrain, etc. Thanks!

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  • kmastejkmastej Posts: 6
    I drive in the suburban city area (flat terrain), lots of stop and go. Just doing errands for myself and the kids. When I first got the vehicle I was getting about 14.7 mpg, I was a bit disappointed with that. Then I took a freeway trip and got up to 17 mpg. Now I average 16 mpg. I have the XR/FWD/19" wheels. The sticker says 18 in the city and 23 on the freeway.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,014
    How many miles are on your odometer now? Usually mpg keeps increasing as the drivetrain breaks in (or maybe after 10,000 miles, you ease off on goosing the new car to enjoy that new car pep, and that helps your mileage, lol).

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  • chuckhoychuckhoy Posts: 420
    After driving it about 2 weeks, my mpg averages in the 16-17 range for 75% suburban driving. It goes WAY up on the interstate. I love the 6th gear because it loafs around at 1800 rpm at 75 mph.

    From personal experience it makes a big difference who is driving it in my family. My wife is the type who firmly believes that a right foot must be on a pedal at all times. Gas or brake, no coasting. Never. She gets about 13-15 mpg in it. Me, I'm a gaget guy so I love to watch the fuel economy readout go up and up and I am a firm believer in coasting down hills (something a car this big does very well) and easing off the gas. I can usually get over 20 mpg for the same driving area as my wife.

    I have found that if you keep it under 2000 rpm, your mileage goes through the roof.
  • mchappellmchappell Posts: 52
    I've found our Outlook is VERY sensitive to a heavy right foot. Mileage stinks around town: 13-14MPG. If I lock the cruise at 65-70 on the highway, mileage is great. Last time I got on the highway, I reset the mileage readout, and by the time I exited (25 mi?), the readout was showing 28.2MPG. The same trip with a heavy foot/traffic was about 21.

  • chuckhoychuckhoy Posts: 420
    I expected that with a 275 hp V6. It is also a very large and heavy vehicle.
  • Can you guys post some numbers based on the fuel refills? I know that the computer is pretty accurate, but I would like to know the Outlook's real world numbers. I think the new transmission should be a real benefit on the highway.
  • nastacionastacio Posts: 370
    Sorry, no refill numbers, just 16 mpg on the computer during a mixed circuit of road/city. Green engine during a test drive, though.
  • albookalbook Posts: 1,282
  • 323 miles about 20.7 gals.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    You put in 20.7gal? How big is the fuel tank?
  • Outlook 2007 XR FWD
    Outlook has a 22 gallon tank.

    I've been driving my outlook for 4 months and my odometer reading is at little over 8000 miles.

    Dashboard computed mileage is about 5% more than actual gas mileage in Houston, TX (one of the hot places in the nation, but shouldn't be much more than 2%, which is caused by the volume increase of the gasoline).
    For example, when actual gas mileage is 16 mpg, it will show about 17.3 mpg on the dashboard.

    Actual Mileage:
    Lowest (full tank, 90% local): 12.4 mpg
    Highest (full tank, 90% highway): 19.5 mpg
    The mileage at speed of 70 mph in cruise): 24 mpg
    The mileage at speed of 80 mph in cruise): 19 mpg
    The total overall mileage: 16 mpg
  • My Outlook is 6 month old @ 15k miles - i am getting 14.5 city, 20 mpg highway with a good tail wind! Not to mentioned all the other problems i have with the vehicle.
  • i a real world @ 10k it should had improve but my xr outlook started to do better mpg @ 8k but at around 12k it went down hill quick!
  • What other problems are you having with your vehicle?
  • chuckhoychuckhoy Posts: 420
    I have been consistently getting about 17-18 mpg in mostly suburban driving. It bumps up to the mid 20s on the highway. I have about 6.5k miles on it and the mileage had seemed to improve a bit since we first got it.

    No problems to report so far. The tranny reflash improved mileage a bit too. It seems more willing to go back into 6th after an incline than it was before.
  • naatz1naatz1 Posts: 187
    I too am interested in what other problems you have had???

    I am seriously thinking about buying one. Look at the Crossover SUV Comparison forum post 3633 Re: AWD Criteria / Test drives Oct 20, 2007 (10:27 am) for a fairly controlled test drive where I summarized the Outlook XR AWD "winning" vs a VeraCruz and Jeeps (I would have bought an 07 XE this week with a $1k rebate until my wife decided she MUST have leather seats). Here is my Outlook report from that forum:

    Quiet roomy road warrior. Wife says like our old ext Caravan but I pointed out the swing doors and Fortera 18s that seemed to get her outa that mindset. MPG: 20.5, 16 Highway/City. This last number dropped since we were on a stoplight course late in the day during rush hour. Note we wanted an XE due to budget reasons but all they had were XRs, we are still debating the value of leather which the wife likes & will see if we can swing it depending on when our son's current car sells. Oh yes - did an erroneous first test drive on a FWD version and MPG was 23.5, 24 ... incredible, but unfortunately not the drive train we wanted.
  • chuckhoychuckhoy Posts: 420
    Personally, I don't like leather because I tend to sweat when I don't have cloth seats. But, I am willing to put up with it because it is SO much easier to clean. This is important if you have kids. Many tings that would ruin cloth come right off of leather. It also wears better when abused by kids.
  • My Outlook’s fuel mileage is a disappointment. My last vehicle was a Tahoe and the mileage on the Outlook isn’t much better. With the large V8 in the Tahoe, my driving was usually at a low rpm and I had a lot of power available for acceleration if needed. With the six cylinder engine in the Outlook, the rpm is up to 1800-2000 at 25-30 mph (same as 65-75 mph) and acceleration is terrible. This is after three updates to the transmission.

    At 10,000 miles, here are my mileage numbers for the last three tanks of gas:

    Week___total miles__act gals___act MPG__DIC MPG___DIC error

    1_______318_______17.4______18.3______17.4______ -4.8%
    2_______327_______19.0______17.2______17.5______ +1.7%

    My driving was about 60% highway and 40% local. According to the DIC,
    the best average MPG that I’ve seen is 21.9 MPG for highway and 14.8 MPG for local driving.

  • My city mileage sucks rocks - 13-14 MPG. However, given that most of our driving is in city traffic, we've NEVER had a car that got great city mileage.

    If I lock the cruise at 65 on the highway, and reset the DIC, I can see 27-28MPG. Higher speed, long/steep hills, or any additional acceleration really lowers the number.

    I have no complaints about acceleration - floor it and it goes. I've found that you can't be wimpy with this transmission. If you are, it thinks about it for a few seconds; I guess to make sure you really wanted to accelerate.

  • My wife calls our Outlook the"Big Lots" car. We have had a few problems with ours (noisey front end,poor radio,chipping paint,Etc..). What problems have you had?
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