QOTD: A Mileage Miracle?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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It seems readers gravitated to Chris’ recent review of the Silverado 1500 Duramax. Indeed, I was curious to see just how well General Motors’ new 3.0-liter inline-six diesel handled day to day life and, more importantly, how well it performed at the pumps.

Looks like the pickup’s fuel economy was worthy of note. With each full-size member of the Detroit Three now fielding an oil burner, light-duty diesel fuel economy has become another arena in which to do battle. Of course, the industry has always used fuel economy as a yardstick (despite it not being much of a selling point at various times in history), and as always, the buyer’s mileage will vary, regardless of what EPA figures appear in the window sticker.

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised?

By that I mean, has your brand spankin’ new vehicle ever surpassed the EPA’s figures by such a margin, you took note? Keep in mind that a vehicle gets gets better gas mileage than advertised is like being handed free money. An allowance doled, out over, time at the pump.

I’ve been disappointed with MPG results on week-long test drives in the past, and it should come as no surprise that the most egregious gaps are found in gas-sucking full-size pickups and SUVs. After all, a big fuel bill means less-than-advertised real-world MPG results are felt more acutely in the wallet.

Sure, some of those tests featured variables that would diminish pump performance: cold weather, winter tires, and the fact that no reviewer ever replicates the EPA combined test cycle. Our mileage does vary, and so will yours. Still, disappointment sometimes crops up after a warm, sedate week spent driving in the city and on the highway.

Elation sometimes rears its head, too, as a vehicle can surprise its driver with boffo economy. Has your ride ever topped its EPA rating by such a degree, it made you want to call a friend and brag?

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  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Apr 09, 2020

    My 2018 Dodge Challenger GT awd has been averaging 21-28 mpg city and highway. The sticker says 27 highway so it’s within the EPA estimates. The 1995 Thunderbird LX V8 I owned got around 26 highway and high teens city driving. I once owned a 1980 Oldsmobile Toronado diesel that regularly got 28 mpg highway. My dad owned a 1981 Chevrolet Chevette diesel and an Isuzu I-Mark diesel. 52 mpg highway was the norm. I think those or the VW Rabbit diesel was the EPA mileage champ that year, later to be beaten by the all new Honda Civic CRX-HF.

  • Millerluke Millerluke on Apr 10, 2020

    I have a 2019 Camry with the 2.5L. It's rated for around 7.2 L/100km, and I routinely get around 6.0, sometimes as low as 5.7 when I'm only on the highway. Currently, with winter tires on, I'm getting around advertised, all winter varying between 6.5 and 7.3 or so. To be fair, I put upwards of 4000km a month on it, so it's predominantly highway, but still, beating the rating by around 1 L/100km isn't too shabby

  • Redapple2 .....300S ....and Charger and Challenger, have been long overdue for an update, but still sell well. Thx EPA
  • Dukeisduke Covered last Wednesday on Autoline Daily.
  • Dukeisduke This could make a decent 24 Hours of Lemons car (who needs reverse on the track?) - they just need to drop the price.
  • FreedMike Is this four days at 10 hours each, or four eight-hour days?
  • MaintenanceCosts I've worked 4-day weeks in previous careers. Unfortunately, my current business requires responsiveness to clients on all five business days, so it's not really an option for me right now.But 4-day weeks are outstanding. The longer weekend leaves you with a true day of rest after you complete all of the errands and chores that we all have to do throughout most of our weekends. I, at least, felt so much better during the work week when I had that third day off. Based on my own experience, I'm fully prepared to believe the studies and anecdotal reports that say employers are experiencing no drop in productivity when they move to a 4-day schedule.