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  • dancarnedancarne Posts: 2
    averaged 24MPG on a 2600 mile trip, 5 people in car with A/C going most of the time. Around town is a different story average is about 17-18MPG
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    What model? Does yours have VCM, is why I'm asking.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 28,588
    the '04 doesn't have VCM. That came along with the '05 redesign. For '04, all the trim lines have the same engine and tranny combo.

    On our '05, we are now getting our summer mileage. About 16.5-17 around town (real short hop local, now highway other than an occasional 3 mile stretch of local interstate). We still get ~25 when we travel, mixed driving (rarely a steady speed, some hills, local roads mixed in), plus I have no idea what cruising at 65 feels like. Around here, on the turnpike, Mopeds and school buses will run you off the road at that speed.

    So 17/25 on the beast ('05 Odyssey EX-L) is about all I expect, although we have had legs that pushed 27.

    I really need to take a trip south (downhill, less traffic!) with all open highway running to see what it can do under optimal conditions.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Thanks for the clarification.

    Hard to keep track of when these were all redesigned; it was the Sienna that came out in 04.
  • I routinely get an average of 24 mpg and I have quite a lead foot, and use the A/C whenever I get a tad warm. We are quite happy with this number.
  • vinhphucvinhphuc Posts: 44
    In this forum I haven't seen many recent posts by Quest owners beside ivan_99 so I thought to put in a few words. We have a Nissan Quest 05 SE. We just returned from a 1-week trip from Potomac, MD to Outer Banks, NC (~685 miles). The van was fully loaded (3 adults, 2 kids, bagages, beach canopy, toys including an 'exersaucer"!). The MPG for highway driving was ~26 from MD to NC, and slightly improved to ~27.8 on the return trip. I made an effort to maintain the speed around 65 mph and never stayed at 70 mph for too long except for passing. As many of you previously said, that seemed to give the best MPG for minivans. The MPG for mixed city/highway driving is ~23. We didn't drive around too much once we get there. Besides, the speed limit on highway 12 there is 50 mph, and everyone drives ~60 so it's hardly "city driving". In comparison, my usual MPG around Potomac/Washington area hovers around 16-17 (75% city/25% highway). We've had this van for over 2 years and never experienced any kind of problems. I once sat and drove my sister Honda Odyssey 06 LX. For some strange reason, its interior seems more cramped than my Quest. They layout doesn't give you that "airy" feeling IMO.
    Another sidebar issue, the husband of my sister-in-law drives a Lexus LX470 which costs `$70K (according to what he said). Every time I see this SUV, I can't help but think,"This must be the biggest piece of junk on the road". Perhaps only the Hummer H3 is above it! Boy, for that money, I can buy 2 Quest SE and have twice everything from utility to fun. I sat in the 1st row and couldn't believe how cramped this thing is. When I backed the seat, well I just crushed whoever sits behind in the 2nd row. Their 3rd row is a total (very expensive) joke! I wouldn't even put my 6-month old daughter back there. Lexus must have gone to the junkyard, collected the biggest piece of metal crap, slapped on their logo, and a few simili-wood trim and some kind of engine and voilà! I guess if you're an SUV lover and swears by Lexus and nothing else, well this can be your toy! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I guess some of us may need a thorough eye exam!!! :P
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The LX is basically a very old Land Cruiser design in a tuxedo.

    This will kill you, though. My dad worked in a bank in Central America and operated fleets of Land Cruisers. He'd order them with diesel engines, manual transmissions, vinyl seats, steel wheels, knobby tires, etc.

    This is the fun part - spec'd out like that, and without taxes for diplomatic missions, it cost them about $22,000 US dollars!

    That means the guy that pays $70 grand for the Lexus is getting almost $50 grand worth of that tuxedo.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    I've been doing just city driving...up and down on the interstate & service roads 15.8mpg (I only do the comp reading now...don't wanna take the effort to do it manually)

    The 05 Quest SE moves pretty good when you want it to...and the tranny kicks down nice...but it really sucks the gas down quickly when you lay on the accelerator

    I agree with the 65mph limit for mileage. Once you start hitting the 75-80+ the mileage drops off considerably; probably the huge drag coming into play.

    GX470 :) a co-worker of mine owns one...I had the same take on it..POS
  • hause7hause7 Posts: 153
    The GX470 i not a P.O.S my aunts Black on Black is awesome, has 50,000 mile without a single problem and gets better gas mileage than her 99 town&country. Nissan's are garbage, my uncle's 03 altima 3.5SE has had 3 transmisions at only 69,000 miles.
  • vinhphucvinhphuc Posts: 44
    Oh please! My post referred to LX470, not the GX. Second, the GX although redesigned is even smaller thus more cramped inside than LX. So what I said about the LX interior space still applies to GX. Hard to imagine any otherwise! Third, what year is your aunt's GX? If you compare the GX 06 or 07 to Town&Country 99, is that a fair comparison? Hardly! Finally, "Nissan is garbage" is based on your only experience with your uncle's Altima?! I bet if you go on Altima's forum, you'll see otherwise. My brother's Murano 03, my father's Maxima 05, and my own Quest 05 have never required anything else the regular maintenace as suggested by the owner's manual. Nothing else, nothing less! I never said my sister-in-law's LX had any problems! God forbids, they'll kill themselves since they just got it 5 months ago! Anyway, my view is you don't have to shell out ~70K for this SUV. People do it since it makes them feel more "manly", want to use "off-road", or transport more stuff and people? Oh please, get any eye exam!
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681

    Yes, the 15/19 mpg (14/18 for the 08 tests) is impressive
  • My brand new Odyssey EX-L has 1,000 miles. I got only about 10 MPG in local driving and 20 MPG on the highway. Is this normal?
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    Stating the obvious...have you reset the mpg comp? or are you calculating it manually.

    When we first bought our Quest it was reading about 11mpg...sitting idling at the dealer all the time.

    Then I'd check tire pressures. I find they are rarely correct; when we drove an Odyssey they seemed way over inflated.
  • tinyguytinyguy Posts: 44
    I just did 1100km journey, mostly on the highway. I probably averaged around 125km, mostly on cruize at 128km. Based on my calculation, she did 29mpg which I am very happy with.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Definitely reset it.

    I got my Sienna and it read 13mpg. That climbed up to over 20 by the end of the first tank. I reset it, and haven't seen less than 21mpg since.

    The Sedona I test drove was reading 7 mpg! Ouch. I'm sure that would improve, too.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    you should compute it the manual (approved way) and compare.

    i wouldn't trust a computer-estimated FE reading, even if I verified it myself (once).

    and what is an instantaneous / short-term estimate good for anyhow? to sell the multi-function computer perhaps. :shades:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I do on each tank, and have found my Sienna's trip computer to be very accurate, off by a tenth of an mpg at most.

    I was surprised, as in other cases I was told trip computers were often a full 1-2mpg optimistic.

    The instant read helps if you're on a flat surface and set the cruise control. For instance, increase the speed where you set the cruise and you see exactly that that would cost you in fuel efficiency.

    And it doesn't always mean slow down. My Sienna only goes to 5th gear at about 46mph, so it's more efficieny at 46-50mpg than it is at 40-45mph. Of course MPGs drop rather quickly past 60mph.
  • I dont have a computer, I calculated manually. I did the city test three times already, averaging 10 to 11.5 MPG
  • dsrtrat2dsrtrat2 Posts: 223
    From Phoenix area to Yuma, Az, about as flat as can be, got 25MPG doing 75-80 MPH most of the way with the AC on. From Yuma to San Diego going from below sea level to 4000+ feet and back to sea level we got 22 MPG. One can never recoup the uphill pull with the down hill coast. Van has 63K miles with new tires. This is typical for us, and we can get 1 or 2 MPG better in slower traffic and with the AC off.
  • dsrtrat2dsrtrat2 Posts: 223
    From Phoenix area to Yuma, Az, about as flat as can be, got 25MPG doing 75-80 MPH most of the way with the AC on. From Yuma to San Diego going from below sea level to 4000+ feet and back to sea level we got 22 MPG. One can never recoup the uphill pull with the down hill coast. Van has 63K miles with new tires. This is typical for us, and we can get 1 or 2 MPG better in slower traffic and with the AC off.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I drove from Phoenix to Tucson and remember how flat the area was (minus the surrounding mountains, of course). Roads were long, flat, and straight as an arrow.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    just for sanity check purposes, explain your method.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    .1MPG correlation with the manual method? wow - things have improved since i was first exposed to these systems. that's pretty darn good!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yep, last time it was off by 0.05something. Pretty negligable.
  • Just did our annual PA-Myrtle trip. 700+ miles each way, AC on the entire time, cruising around 70 mph, 2 adults, 2 kids, TONS of stuff in the back.

    2007 Limited AWD - just over 22 mpg (manual method) for entire trip w/trip computer saying essentially the same. Averaged 24.9 mpg on flat highways in the Carolinas! All of these numbers are w/less than 3.5K total miles on the van, so it is not even broken in yet. Around town averaging 17.5-18 mpg (manual method again).

    Could not be happier with our mileage thus far. :)
  • beeman4ubeeman4u Posts: 34
    2,500 total miles on my Sienna XLE AWD and the wife is back. Manual Cals come to 21.6 hwy mpg(computer read 23) and now we're back to city driving of 15.8 city mpg (computer reads 16/17. Still seems low to me but I guess it is what it is.
  • beeman4ubeeman4u Posts: 34
    Manual Cals come to 21.6 hwy mpg(computer read 23) and city driving is 15.8 city mpg (computer reads 16/17.

    Still seems low to me but I guess it is what it is.
  • siennamisiennami Posts: 116
    I'm sure this has been answered before, but would you please explain how to manually calculate your mpg? And I wouldn't be too quick to think that the mpg improved on the Sedona. When I had one, it seemed like I was always putting gas in that thing! :shades:
  • When you fill-up the vehicle, write down the mileage from the odometer (say for example 25,200 miles) then the next time you fill-up (say at 25,600 miles) subtract the numbers to find the distance you traveled on the tank (400 miles) and divide the miles by the gallons that you just put in (say 19 gallons) which equals 21 mpg. The mpg is simply total miles divided by total gallons.

  • Just got back from a trip from Sacramento to the California North Coast. The first tank we got 26 mpg which included freeways and some 18% grades. Haven't filled up the second tank yet so it will include some regular city driving.

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