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10 January 2008 @ 05:55 pm
Why I'm sad at current mpgs on cars...  
I just ran the actual data for my car since 2005. I've been getting on average 30 mpg. that's combined city and highway. It's also still getting that on an almost 8 year old car.

This is why 23 mpg combined reported (not actual) will be a filling up style change for me. Though I only have 45000 miles on my car, so we're talking about 1500 gallons vs 1956. On my current car 1500 is 142 fill ups, on the mazda5 1956 is 134 fill ups. So it will actually be few fill ups, just more money. Mmmm crunchy numbers. 456 gallons at $5 a gallon is $2280 over 8 years or $285 per year. But that's just on reported. The actuals are going to be a little more money.

But of course no matter what automatic I get automatic vs manual is already a -2 mpg right there.

Mind you if I got a prius... different story.

Anyway, that was kind of a babble.

And a side note, I'm not buyign a car until closer to may. I thought I would get an start ont he research and then got kind obessie.
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katybeth on January 11th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
I generally get a little under 30mpg combined city/highway for my 1997 automatic. 34 (or occasionally higher) on long freeway trips. Lower for lots of 2 mile trips. New cars are supposed to be better! 23mpg is actually reported numbers for new compact cars?? I guess you're going for a somewhat larger car than I have, but still, that's crazy.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on January 11th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
it really depends on the compact, but yes the "norm" is about 27 now combined. You can get better, you can get worse.

Yes the mazda5 is a bit bigger than a compact and much heavier.
Jacob: tankkvarko on January 11th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
The Honda insight was offered in manual first and then an automatic came out -- and the automatic had higher MPG :)