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JT
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:01:00 AM

How easily can you achieve an advertised fuel-economy rating for your vehicle?
Easy
It takes some effort
Very hard
Tried and failed
NA / haven’t tried

Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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rjr54
Champion Author Winnipeg

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2013 8:17:33 PM

It takes some effort. But I if I behave, start gently and drive the speed limit, Yes.
pinbuster2005
Champion Author New Hampshire

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2013 5:03:09 AM

I normally do better than the EPA's ratings because I don't speed, don't warm up my automobiles for 10-20 mins before taking off, avoid city/in-town driving as much as possible, and keep the routine maintenance done as it should be.

I currently have a 2006 Buick Terraza mini-van. The EPA's estimated combined mileage is 19 mpg. I average 22.8 mpg overall.
razorwan
Rookie Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2013 8:31:21 AM

Unless you know how the EPA got those numbers, it would be hard to get the mpg's estimated by EPA. And remember it's an ESTIMATE meaning they had to run a few tests to get post the average!
NakedDriver
Champion Author Des Moines

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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 5:13:48 AM

ə most meet or exceed it easily because i do everything i can to improve fuel economy, but i indicated here that ti takes some effort. ə

[Edited by: NakedDriver at 9/4/2013 5:14:12 AM EST]
HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 6:59:03 AM

easy
CrackedLCD
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 5:45:30 AM

Easy. I don't think I've ever owned a car that didn't exceed its mileage.
jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2013 9:55:21 AM

It takes some effort
SillyMe6969
Rookie Author London

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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2013 3:36:14 PM

It takes some effort
kboykool
Champion Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 7:30:46 PM

When I responded to the poll, we had just purchased a 2012 Civic. In our other vehicles, we have tracked mileage, but don't know what the EPA ratings are so I responded "haven't tried". The Civic we know is 39/28. The first fillup rendered 38.3mpg, which was a mix of city/highway. The second fillup was predominantly highway and we attained 39.7mpg, which is slightly over the EPA rating. Upgrade me to "Easy", I would guess based on this new information.
pingme
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 6:47:19 AM

I can consistently get higher than rated, even with the AC on. Before E10 mandates I would easily get 30% or higher than rated.
2khawk
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2013 7:02:39 AM

If you can run the car without the a/c you will get better than almost all the time.
miltrich
Rookie Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2013 11:30:23 AM

My last 3 cars I have easily gotten over the EPA. When my wife drives the same cars, it rarely makes it. Small driving habits can make a HUGE difference.
Kokomo33
Rookie Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2013 11:12:55 AM

I travel 117 kms back and forth to work every day and it is hard to stay within the best range of speed for perfect gas milage that is for sure. Even if I set my Cruise control I find I have to keep disengaging it to go around someone slower than me!
StArrow68
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 4:51:18 AM

Sure a lot of folks getting better if they know how and try. Ymmv. Enjoy what you drive, we do.
oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 3:33:27 AM

In real world conditions..... driving like real people......using regular with Ethanol in two and Diesel in the other....
We Exceed the EPA 95% of the time in the two cars.
The Pick-up truck however... well It's a challenge...
That's why It stays parked most of the time.
hotfire4
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 7:38:47 AM

haven't tried
CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 3:50:16 AM

I need to get my car back to the stealership — when they did the timing belt they must have set the fine adjustment (called a "torsion value" for some reason) incorrectly. The car runs fine but the mileage is down 10 mpg.

Oddly enough, it's now where the new EPA numbers say it's normal. 39 mpg. Previously I'd gotten 46 mpg over the lifetime.

In other news, I've never never never had a dealer do a timing belt right the first time on my VWs. NEVER! Which is why it's best to find a specialist. I only wish there was one less than 5 hours away. *sigh*
GasMonc
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 10:35:15 PM

I consistently get 4 to 8 mpg over the originally advertised fuel economy ratings. I get WAY over the revamped ratings which seem ridiculously low for this car. The lowest I ever got was during a cold winter with a month long of short trips driving and that was 1 mpg over the originally advertised city rating. This is because I drive a manual transmission.

[Edited by: GasMonc at 8/4/2013 10:36:47 PM EST]
TIGERPAW46
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 1:36:08 AM

EPA MPG are not under real road conditions.
SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 11:54:43 PM

Actually, if they mean "Obtain an efficiency rating by EPA", then I don't know the answer to that question.
SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 11:47:58 PM

Very easily. After filling the tank, I make note of the odometer reading and then whenever I get close to "empty" I refill the fuel tank and then make note again if the mileage on the odometer. Then you subtract the previous mileage from the current mileage and divide the difference by the number of gallons that it took to refill the tank. This will tell you how mant miles that was traveled on the number of gallons and you have your fuel efficiency rating.
TunaMN
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 11:02:36 PM

I've always thought that didn't apply to used cars - and that's what I've always bought.
Streetcar
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 8:39:59 PM

I drive like a grandma
P_I_STONE
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 7:30:41 PM

Haven't tried
RBob
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 5:39:59 PM

Not a problem with my clean and quiet diesel and its MPG gauge so I can adjust my speed for the best economy.
Lbro
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 4:35:43 PM

Easy- as in drive it easy on the starts and not over 55 (two lane rd- 55 speed limit). also coast to stop signs/90degree turns.
66ImpalaSS327
Rookie Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 3:58:01 PM

The manufacturer basis their advertised fuel-economy rating under ideal driving conditions. Warm weather, light wind, flat terrain, proper tire inflation, new tires, vehicle basically in "new condition", etc. For the average driver it is difficult to meet all these ideal conditions on a consistent basis. The posted fuel economy is pretty hard to achieve its just a sales point that is possible just not likely to obtain.
SuperMoto
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 2:55:57 PM

Tried and failed! Under normal driving they can't be achieved.
rohiah10
Sophomore Author Boston

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 1:58:22 PM

I haven't been able to achieve what is advertised. It sounded good when I bought the car!
Bonanza
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 1:30:38 PM

NA / haven’t tried
MammyJammer
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 1:26:40 PM

I only coast downhill without the engine on.
chui
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 12:04:16 PM

very hard......
SnagaDeal
Champion Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 10:43:11 AM

Haven't tried.
zacksnanny
Champion Author New Brunswick

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 10:36:37 AM

It takes some effort
AlTraveler
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 10:31:08 AM

takes a little effort

keo
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 10:07:18 AM

easy
NIAB
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 9:12:19 AM

I can do it if i keep it under 65 on highway.
Lengas
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 9:04:18 AM

It takes effort but it can be done.
Stevedog
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 8:30:28 AM

it's been so long I have no idea what the rating was
cigarman409
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 8:18:52 AM

ok highway only
cigarman409
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 8:18:27 AM

tried and failed
rjoeh
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 7:59:09 AM

I routinely beat my cars highway mileage by 10-20% by usually driving at a max of 62 mph. I leave a little earlier and when going 70 only saves about 8 minutes in drive time vs 62... I'd rather save the money in my pocket instead of wasting it trying to get another jelly donut.
Foxt
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 5:42:46 AM

never, not even one close.
jimmy123NE
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 5:25:35 AM

N/A
Ziggy1962
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 4:54:38 AM

Haven’t tried.
pkhdonovan
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 3:45:46 AM

never
TheMightyZaxon
All-Star Author New Orleans

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 2:57:52 AM

I grease the right palms.
OKRifle
Champion Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 12:49:20 AM

Tough!
P_I_STONE
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 9:11:27 PM

Haven't tried
TwerpiusMaximus
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 9:06:48 PM

I call Arno.
GasMiserGod
Rookie Author Milwaukee

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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2013 6:28:15 PM

With all the cars I've owned, I've found it easy. I attribute that to my father, who taught me to ignore the speedometer (as far as gauging fuel consumption), and pay attention to the tach. As long as I was going the right speed, and my RPM's were steady and low, I'd get good mileage. It's 20 years later, and I can attest to how right he was.
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