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Real world gas mileage for sedans



  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    26,700 miles.

    City: 21MPG
    Highway: 27MPG

    I do notice that different brands affects differently. With Amoco I averaged 18-19 MPG. Switched to Chevron, same results but the car would want to sputter at idle as if it was going to shut off. Switched then to Mobil and am getting 21 MPG.

    The only way i would get 21 with Amoco is to massively baby the car. NO hard acceleration of even passing on the road. with Mobil, i can drive normal and still get over 20MPG.
  • I get about 25 MPG doing 100% city driving (stop and go every block or two) and around 30 MPG on the highway.
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    My wife's old automatic '90 passat did pretty well for such a large car, and got 22-23 city and about 31 highway. The 2.0 performed decently, but it was no rocket--poor acceleration bit a good high-speed cruiser.

    My automatic '96 saturn sl2 pretty consistently got 25 city 35 highway, and i was not by any means driving it timidly. It was a decently fast car for it's price economy. Since sold

    My wife's automatic '97 saab 900SE turbo gets between 17-20 city and between 23-30 highway, heavily depending on speed and aggressiveness. I got 36.5 on one highway trip but i was *really* milking it, and the road descended 2500 feet over 45 miles. Average city is high 18's low 19's and we only got 23mpg on a weekend trip recently ( a lot of time time going ~90, though ). The passing power of this car is great once the turbos are wound up.

    My current car is a manual '97 bmw 328i. The big surprise is that i get almost the same mileage as the saturn, i average about 24 city and about 33 highway if i am not a total leadfoot. I've seen between 18-28 city and between 29 and 37 highway. Again, driving conditions and aggressivenss matter a lot, but even having a fair bit of fun I get 22 city 32 highway. The car is pretty damn fast in all aspects.

  • When I first got the car I was averaging 35 mpg; a few months after I bought the car I bought 16" alloys with 205/45s and mileage dropped to 32 mpg (this is in mixed driving -- 20 mph LA commuter traffic and open highway at 80 mph; I also tend to drive enthusiastically). Several months ago I added a turbocharger, and since then have averaged between 24 and 28 depending on how enthusiastically I drive it. I also have to run 92 octane now, so I guess it's no longer an economy car, huh?!! But it sure is fun.....
  • rysakrysak Posts: 7
    Got 2000 Millenia S Millennium Edition.. Its gas mileage totally suck! Get about 17-19
    MPG mixed driving, Fill it up with 91 gas. Will recommend people never buy Millenia
    S. As they say, you get what you paid for. I'd rather spend a couple of grand more on
    Acura LT than feeding my beast with premium gas all the time.. Very disappointed..
    Don't trust to what they say in ads..
  • 2000 Dodge Intrepid R/T
    3.5L V6, 4-speed auto
    K&N, Mobil-1 full synthetic
    10200 miles on my car, been getting consistantly 20-22mpg in the cold NE with lots of city driving. I've gotten as high as 28mpg highway if I just cruise and don't abuse my right foot. Mileage was a dismal 18mpg new till after break-in and change to Mobil-1. :)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    Ok, this list is kinda long, so bear with me. Cars I've had, in the order I've owned them...

    1980 Chevy Malibu 229: 15-16 city/20-22 highway
    1969 Dodge Dart GT 225: 15-17 city/21-23 highway
    1957 DeSoto Firedome 341: 12-14 city/16 highway
    1968 Dodge Dart 318: 13-14 city/16-18 highway
    1982 Olds Cutlass Supreme 231: 15-16 city/20-22 highway
    1967 Pontiac Catalina 400: 10-11 city/17-18 highway
    1988 Chrysler LeBaron 2.2 Turbo: 19-21 city/28-30 highway
    1979 Chrysler Newport 318: 12-14 city/20-22 highway
    1986 Chevy Monte Carlo 305: 15-16 cit/20-22 highway
    1988 Plymouth Gran Fury 318-4: 11-13 city/18-21 highway
    1985 Buick LeSabre 307: 14-16 city/21-22 highway
    1967 Chrysler Newport 383: didn't keep it long enough
    2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7: 18-21 city/28-30 highway

    The Gran Fury requires high-octane because it was a police car and has a higher compression engine. The LeSabre has about 153K miles on it, and the Monte Carlo had about 192K on it when it got totaled. Both of those engines had gotten carbon build-up in them and needed premium, too. I can't remember what we put in the LeBaron, but everything else would run fine on 87 octane. In fact sometimes I think I could almost pee in the Dart's gas tank and it'll still run!

  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    Car:99 cavalier 2 dr. 2.2 litre, 4 speed auto.
    To and from work [15 miles one way, freeway and surface streets, sometimes take all surface streets, say mixed]23/24. with air on in the summer it has never dropped below 22mpg.
    Freeway 32 to a best of 37 mpg on one leg of a 2000 mile round trip to Oregon Coast.Long stretches of 75 to 80mph flat lands on the I-5 in CA. 15,000 current miles. Love it. 4speed auto. doesn't give up much in fuel economy over the 5 speed manual, have always done better than the posted EPA ratings of, I think 23 city and 32 highway. Dweezil
  • cwo4cwo4 Posts: 90
    20,000 miles and I get 42 mpg consistently IF I keep it 55-60 on the highway. Around town, 36 mpg. Love this car. I once had a 72 Pontiac Bonneville, when I was fist married. Got 8-10 mpg, but boy it could go! 455 ci. Gas was $.29 a gallon, so milage didn't matter.
  • 1994 LeSabre, 180,500 miles. Still gets 30 mpg on the road. Gets 20-22 around town in the winter. Great car. Few problems.

    Previous 1988 LeSabre got 30-33 mpg on the road. Had 90,000 on that when traded in after six years.

    Honda 1990 Accord gets 22-25 around town, 28 on a trip. It has 145,000 miles on it. Auto/AC
  • john151john151 Posts: 14
    City/Highway = low 20's
    Highway below 75 = 27-28
    Highway above 75 = mid 20's

    I think she would hit 30 MPG at a steady 60 MPH.
  • nematodenematode Posts: 448
    EPA numbers are 22 city / 27 highway with the auto. I have no idea what they were smoking when they got them. My numbers have it at 17 city / 26 highway if you dont push it. If you drive it harder it you will get in the ball part 16 city / 23 highway. Other than that its a fantasitc car.

    Miles: 21,000 (11 months old)
    Engine: 2.5L H4
    Transmission: Auto
    Fuel: 87 octane (as recommended)
    Mods: None
    Note: Its AWD and has the LSRD

    Daily commute: 27 miles each way 70-75mph most of the way. 22-24mpg.
    Best: 29.2mpg at below 70mph. Through Indiania (very flat). St. Louis to Philadelphia trip.
    Worst: 16.3mpg. Driving around the city of Pittsburgh (lots of hills).
  • 1996 Ford Explorer v-8 AWD 12-15 city around 20mpg on the highway. Got rid of this one fast...

    2001 WV Passat 1.8 turbot 27 mpg if I am very heavy on the gas. If I'm easy on it and trying to get good mileage about 33-34mpg

    My spouses 99 CR gets 20mpg in the city and 25-27 on the highway
  • OK I have a 2k Ford focus ZTS 5spd.
    12.5 gallon tank .....includes reserve
    All city driving 320 miles to empty
    All highway driving Avg 80-90mph 420 miles to empty
    Combination of both 360 miles.
    I am not the most frugal driver, I rev my engine freely, And i drive in LA, so traffic is regular, and stop and go is routine.
    I now have 9000 miles
  • 2001 Lexus IS300
    Mostly city driving
    Just like advertized: 18 city/23 highway.
    OK, so it guzzles (premium too :( )...but it sure is FUN to drive!
  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,751
    I live in Southern California and I drive 32 miles round trip to work and back. The Prelude is a few years old but still gets 24 to 25 mpg going up and down the mountain. It gets 29 to 32 mpg on the freeway. It needs at least 89 octane. The Saturn is a SL2 and gets 29 mpg going up and down the hill plus 37mpg on the freeway, 40 mpg if my wife drives. :) The Saturn only needs 87 octane. Because it gets better milage and has more room the Saturn goes on more road trips.
  • jnowskijnowski Posts: 96
    '85 T-Bird Turbo coupe - K&N filter, Ford Motorsport intercooler kit, Borla exhaust system, Koni adjustable gas shocks/struts, Suspension Techniques sway bars, Ford Motorsport springs, stock wheels and brand/size tires.

    I filled up at Macon GA, immediately hit the freeway with the cruise control on, and rolled into my folks driveway in Middletown KY, (518 miles), almost on fumes. 15.4 gallon fuel tank equates to around 33.6+ MPG. I say "plus" because the car still started and got me to the gas station next morning.

    Not too bad for a midsize turbo 4.
  • antonkantonk Posts: 19
    I'm not sure about V8's, but all 4s and 6s have pretty much the same mileage. It all depends on whether you do city or highway driving, and distances travelled. Last month, I only drove to school, which is about 1.5 miles, and got about 16L/100km on a 2.0 4 cyl. But under normal driving, most cars are 7-8L/100km on highway, and 12L in the city.

    What really frustrates me sometimes is how some people refuse to buy V6 cars, because they are afraid on the gas cost. However, they have no idea what the mileage difference is, or how to even calculate it, and especially how much the difference costs. And, with gasoline being cheaper than Coke, I don't think people should really complain about rising gas prices.
  • cwo4cwo4 Posts: 90
    With my 2000 ECHO automatic. Just returned from a road trip from Eastern NC to FL to MS and back. 70-75 mph, 38.6mpg average. Paid $1.299 in GA, $1.459 in MS and $1.359 in NC for gas. I'm not complaining antonc, just reporting.
  • antonkantonk Posts: 19
    I'm not saying you or anyone in this discussion is complaining - i meant people in general.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    Hey gang,

    Just got back from a trip from MD to TX, and haven't had time to calculate my mileage yet, but typical scenario would be about 375-400 miles on a tank (I'd drive till the low-fuel light came on, then fill up at the next exit that had a good choice of gas stations), and 14.5-15 gallons to fill the tank back up. So I'd guess I was getting 25-28 mpg on this trip.

    As far as my average speed...well, I made the 1450 mile trip back in just over 22 hours, which comes to an average of about 66 mph. For the most part, I was doing about 75-80, although in a few remote areas I crept up towards 100, and the last 150 or so miles from Richmond VA to MD was snow and ice, so at times we were going as slow as 20!

  • Leganza,Best Sac to LA loaded trunk and family, 75 to 80mph, 30mpg.
    Typical: 50/50 - city highway, or all city, 15 mile range 22.5 to 24.5.
    Worst:One occasion pulling small trailer with furniture, 4'w X 4'H X 8' L city/highway, just below 20.
    Up and down mountain freeway driving about 26.
    All and all, better than EPA of 20/28.
    Safari:13 to 14 City and 17 to 19 Highway long haul. Average, 14.
    All and all, worst than EPA 0f 16/21.
  • Still not broken in (only 4000 kms - or 2500 mi.- on it). The car has a built-in mileage calculator and it has not been reset since new (I'll reset it next week when I switch the oil to synthetic), so my mileage figures are pretty accurate but they WILL climb from current levels:

    22.1 mpg (US gallon, not Imperial)

    Has not yet been on an extended highway trip so this is exclusively rural-city commuter mileage (where it takes 30-40 mins. to travel about 20 mi.)
  • Just got back from a trip.
    Philly to Pittsburgh 70 MPH average, 24 MPG.
    I get about 16 around town.
    147k miles on it.
    Never rebuilt.
    Oil changed every 5,000 with whatever Jiffy lube puts in it.
    I use 87 octane.
    and I'm about 40 years from retirement.
  • popi1popi1 Posts: 1
    Terrible fuel mileage. 90% freeway driving. 65-75 mph, 17 miles to the gallon. V6 auto, 170hp.
    Always subtract 5-7 mpg from the lowest number from what it says on the sticker, and that will be your BEST. MPG is calclated using a formula. They don't even start the engine or drive car to determine mpg.
  • Well, I can't agree that all six-bangers get about the same mileage. My IS300 has an inline 6 and it only gets 18 around town...and it burns only Super. Had I purchased an Accord or Camry, I'd be better off on fuel consumption, even with the 6 cylinder engine. Since I don't drive a huge amount of miles, the price of gas was not the issue when I went shopping for a car. You are correct in your assessment of the price being lower than CocaCola though; we are very fortunate in the USA. They are paying four times the price in most of Western Europe right now.
  • homerkchomerkc Posts: 113
    My 2000 Intrepid (2.7L) delivers 18 in city driving, 23 in mixed (including 16 highway mi. each way to work) and a consistent 30 mpg on all highway trips, including one over the Rockies with two men and luggage aboard. My wife's 98 Malibu delivers 20 around town and 30 on the highway with the 3.1L engine. My 95 VW Golf, with 4 cyl and 5 spd delivers 26 in town and 35 on the highway. I was amazed to find the much bigger Intrepid burn not much more gas than the Golf - and the posts here confirm that. It takes an extraordinary car design to provide mileage outside of this box. (By the way, my brother's 98 Hyundai Elantra, 4 cyl Auto gives no better mileage than my Intrepid or Malibu!)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    5spd, 1700 miles, averaging 25 mpg so far in mostly city driving (EPA 25 city, 33 hwy), and in very cold weather (hasn't been above 40 F. since Nov. 7, and a lot of below-zero days). The gas in this area is the ethanol blend which I have heard cuts mpg by 10-20%. I expect to get another 3-5 mpg when it warms up--in July??
  • kaz6kaz6 Posts: 331
    So far-4800 miles:
    stop and go LA traffic: 32mpg
    highway: 38-42mpg
    average to date: 36mpg
    *highway has been mainly high-desert driving with no a/c on in low 40's temp. avg.
    single worst mpg. episode was 29mpg with very long idle times and aggressive throttle+a/c in bad stop and go traffic.
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