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Toyota Yaris Real-World MPG

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  • swedsonswedson Posts: 1
    I bought my 2009 model Yaris in last September as I needed a small and safe car to drive to my work. I live in a Small town in Sweden and work in a city around 22miles away. As I found that Yaris is a good car in many ways, I use it more often than I thought I would be. The worst mileage I got was in Feb'12 (Winter can be harsh in Sweden) was 37,63 Mpg and the best I am getting now is around 47mpg. I have driven around 11800miles from sep'11 with an average of 43mpg. As we pay around 8USD per gallon in sweden, it's important to have good mileage. A friend of mine bought a Prius and fitted extra batteries and he is getting whopping 80mpg!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    filled up a little early, 8.5 gallons, 326 miles.....

    I'm using the A/C most of the time now, so that seems OK. Still going for a 40 at some point, one of these days. ;-)

    5-speed SE

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

  • toyotafan6toyotafan6 Posts: 49
    Stopped last night on way home to fillup -

    per car's mpg computer: 35.9
    per manual calculation: 36.1

    I'm also using the A/C alot lately. This is almost all city-driving.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    absolutely incredible.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    was 8.6 gallons, 315 miles, so that is what, 36.5 or something like that? My worst tank in a while, but lately I have been driving it like I stole it (:-)) and I am using the A/C all the time now.

    I am going to try and focus a little more on better mileage for the next tank and see how that goes...2012 SE 5-speed.

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

  • Mine's gone down a little too -

    Last tank, 33.7 mpg - all city driving -

    Still higher than sticker for city driving, I'm attributing it to using the AC all the time -

    Highest I got was 38 mpg -
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    My driving is mostly suburban, with some stop-and-go in my short (7 miles each way) commute.

    My non-commute driving is mostly highway driving however.

    The best tankful mpg I ever had so far was 41 mpg in mostly highway driving, cruise set at 65 with some passing at 75, A/C use half the time.

    The Echo I had before this car could easily get 45-46 mpg in the same circumstances, but it also handled like a wet sponge so I will take the fuel economy hit in exchange for the much better tires and suspension of the Yaris. ;-)

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    the tank after the last I managed 39 mpg, so when I watch myself a bit and keep the speed down, I can improve mpg enough to notice.....

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

  • Last tank was 34.5 mpg, almost all city driving...mine's the LE with automatic, I'm spending about $15 a month less on gas compared to my prior car.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    With gas rocketing up $0.60/gallon over a five-day period two weeks ago, I have suddenly been taking conservation even more seriously.

    By shaving 3 mph off my typical speed on the highway and coasting as often as possible, I got the mpg up to 41 for the last couple of tankfuls. Rather gratifying given that I was stuck in traffic on the way to work more often than usual.

    This thing really loves coasting - it is the best single thing to boost mileage significantly. But reducing highway speeds by 5% is a close second. Other stuff like avoiding rapid acceleration away from lights and such doesn't seem to help as much.

    2012 SE 5-speed

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

  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I do the same: foot off of the gas when I know I'm approaching a red light. I even shut off the engine when I am first at a light and know it is a "long" wait. I continue to get 33 mpg around town with my "Corolla Vibe" even with my original sticker stating 26 city, 31 hwy.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    Toyota did its new Yaris a serious disservice by not giving it a sixth gear. They could have left the first five gears the same, and just added a taller highway gear. For me the proof is how little I have to reduce my highway speed to achieve an additional 2 mpg. It only reduces engine revs by a couple of hundred RPM, the same thing a sixth gear would presumably do (hopefully it would reduce highway RPM even more; 2800 RPM to go 65 MPH in top gear in such a small car is ridiculous).

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

  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    edited October 2012
    Reducing the speed also reduces wind resistance.
    Example: At 60 mph the wind resistance is 3600(A).
    At 70 mph, it is 4900(A). ("A" is the frontal area of the vehicle).
    There is also some tire resistance reduction at lower speed.

    I agree about the gear thing. Certainly "seems" that slowing the engine a bit at highway speeds would help economy.

    Strangly, while other manufacturers have 5,6 and even 8 speed trannies,
    Toyota Still uses a 4 speed auto in many of its 4 cylinder cars.

    Me thinks the Yaris and Scion are really geared more toward town, city and commuting in traffic, rather than highway use. Same would be true for the Honda Fit.

    Other forums indicate that the Corolla and Civic get near the same mileage on the highway as the above 3. Even though they have larger engines, more frontal area and are heavier. :confuse:
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    Yes, I know it is not just a matter of reducing engine speed, but other small car manufacturers (HyunKia comes to mind) have put 6-speeds in and attained that 40 mpg number, so I bet the Yaris is giving away a couple of highway MPGs here.

    Hatchbacks will always be less aerodynamic than sedans which is why Corolla/Civic get the edge there. From what I understand, the hatchback impact is compounded the shorter (less long) the car is, which also works against Yaris, Fit, Etc.

    I am thinking of renting a Prius C Five for a week, which is basically a Yaris SE with a hybrid powertrain (the steering and suspension supposedly come over intact from the Yaris SE to the Prius C Five trim with the 16" wheel package) to see (a) how much better mpg I get with my driving pattern, and (b) how much slower and all-around less fun to drive it is. If the MPG is a lot better and the CVT doesn't drone enough to put me in a bad mood, I may trade the Yaris for the Prius.

    However, I suspect that with my driving pattern (70/30 highway/city), it will only manage 45 MPG or so. If I could get a solid 50 and it wasn't achingly slow I would consider the switch. Even then I would only be thinking about switching because the no-action gas pedal in the Yaris (for the first couple inches of pedal travel, the engine doesn't rev at all. Even after that it revs so slowly that timing the gear shifts can be challenging, and I have driven a stick for 25 years) makes it such a pain to drive.

    Or maybe the new Golf GTD is for me....TDI fans say they can get mid-40s MPG in that car without really trying. I hear the new Fusion hybrid is rated 47/47, but that's a bigger car.

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

  • I'm averaging 38mpg with a 20-ish mile mostly highway commute.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    hit 41 mpg right on the nose: 373 miles, 9.1 gallons. I have found that just a small reduction in highway speeds, to 62 mph, has led to a major boost in mileage, by as much as 2 points. Don't know if I will have the patience to continue that (;-)) but it's good to have as a tool in my back pocket for when gas prices go rocketing up to $5/gallon in the summer here in California.

    2012 Yaris SE 5-speed

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    edited August 2013
    So gas prices didn't skyrocket this summer, much to my surprise. I continue to pull 39-40 MPG on average, but tend to drive it a lot faster now than I was back when I last posted. Had it up over 100 a couple of times this week, and unlike my old Echo, this actually doesn't feel like it is riding on bicycle tires and isn't all over the road at those speeds.

    AND this is the first car I have owned with an onboard gas mileage calculator that was actually spot on, tank after tank, as I do the calculations to check it.

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

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