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Joined:Aug 2003
Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 11:28:46 PM

Any suggestions for better gas mpg with a AWD car?
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Champion Author Houston

Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:42:13 AM

What vehicle do you drive? Engine size and mpg city and highway?
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Champion Author San Bernardino

Joined:Oct 2007
Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 10:21:52 AM

In addition to proper maintenance, drive slower.
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Champion Author Nashville

Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 9:34:40 AM

Check tires and your air cleaner and drive with less vigor.
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Champion Author Twin Cities

Joined:Jun 2009
Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 5:50:57 AM

I have a AWD car, Ford Fusion. Bought it because I live somewhere it snows in the winter.

My MPG's hang around 20-21 in the summer, worse in the winter 16-18.

You are not going to get better MPG with the car. I track my MPG and the best tank of gas I have ever gotten with my car was 26.5 on a tank where it was almost all highway driving.

If you want better mileage you just have to get a non AWD car.

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Champion Author Salt Lake City

Joined:Nov 2011
Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:04:01 AM

Get a diesel with AWD. VW, Audi, Mercedes and I heard Dodge makes a good 3 liter turbo engines... MPG is vary among these car manufacturers, but I can tell you that it will at least double what you currently are getting on your gas engine.
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Champion Author Akron

Joined:Jun 2003
Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 12:59:17 AM

Trade it in for something else
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Champion Author Houston

Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 6:43:05 PM

My vehicle is AWD. There's no option to change it from 4 wheel to 2. I'm fine with that. I wanted a vehicle with AWD so I wouldn't have to mess with high and low 4.

I don't find my fuel mileage that atrocious. I have a V8; get about 13 mpg in town. I keep my tires properly inflated, I agree with EccerOr except for number 5. :)
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Champion Author South Carolina

Joined:Dec 2010
Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 9:27:58 AM

Hello Gas_Master_G. Since your question was generic in nature, the same rules apply to any vehicle on how to obtain "better gas mpg with an AWD car" Driving habits and maintenance are key factors. I think you already know that. I did locate an article which give you a more generic answer as to the root cause of lower miles per gallon. Here it is:

"An AWD model will almost always get worse mileage than its 2WD version. This happens for a few reasons. First off, it takes more work to turn four wheels than two, which puts a load on the engine and decreases mileage.

So, what about AWD systems that drive in 2WD mode until traction is needed, then send power to the other two wheels to find traction? These systems help mileage somewhat, but it still won’t be as good as a 2WD-only version because reduced fuel economy with AWD is due in part to the added weight of AWD components. An additional front or rear axle and center differential all add weight. On average, AWD will add around 100-300 pounds to a car’s curb weight.

The end result is that AWD models are typically rated with mileage around 1-4 mpg less than the 2WD model. Below are a few mileage examples of popular AWD models compared to their 2WD counterparts."

I hope this excerpt helps you. Best Wishes :-). MGY
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Champion Author South Dakota

Joined:Mar 2005
Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 9:05:41 AM

Get rid it.
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Champion Author Fort Collins

Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:00:56 AM

1. Ease up on gas pedal.
2. Make sure tires are all same size and same condition.
3. Make sure wheels are properly aligned to reduce rolling friction.
4. Reduce weight
5. Sell car and buy a Prius and stop having fun with an AWD car.
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