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Old 12-19-2011, 10:56 AM   #541
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Yeah, my average MPG has dropped from 36-37 to about 34 now. I'm chocking it up to the cold weather and winter gas. My commute and driving style hasn't changed as far as I can tell.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:48 PM   #542
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Yeah, my average MPG has dropped from 36-37 to about 34 now. I'm chocking it up to the cold weather and winter gas. My commute and driving style hasn't changed as far as I can tell.
Here's a question for this group...

Since CharlieROse is seeing about a 7% drop in fuel economy (I've often heard 10% loss with winter gas) -- can we make up the fuel economy drop with higher grade fuel?

Going from Regular to Mid Grade in my area costs $0.11 more (3.3%). Doing the math - if I get 1 more MPG for each step from Regular --> Mid Grade --> Premium - we can break even.

In the owner's manual (pg 354 of my PDF copy) - it reads "Your vehicle is designed to use "Regular" unleaded ... octane rating of 87". It also reads, "Premium fuel will provide improved performance".

Anyone try increasing fuel economy by shifting to higher grade fuel?
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:17 PM   #543
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Anyone try increasing fuel economy by shifting to higher grade fuel?
Yeah, trying it. No results yet.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:40 PM   #544
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A gallon of premium produces less BTU’s than a gallon of regular, so in a car that does not require it, your fuel mileage will only go down.
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:38 AM   #545
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Brand new hatchback 50 miles so far, averaging 17.2 which from other posts is not uncommon at least that's what I'm hoping. Anyone know, is this a software anomaly or a breaking in process for the drivetrain?
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:16 AM   #546
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17.2 MPG seems very low but you have so few miles on the car that it's really too early to say. Check back with us when you have gone through 2 or 3 tanks of gas.
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:56 AM   #547
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Also, not sure if you've been playing around with the computer settings much, but you should probably reset the avg. MPG to see how your fuel consumption varies with the different types of your driving style since the car has probably done a few short trips before you got it / idled a lot (maybe choose Trip 1 as your long-term one so you don't have to reset that one and Trip 2 you can reset often or per tankful of gas).

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Old 12-27-2011, 08:44 AM   #548
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A gallon of premium produces less BTU’s than a gallon of regular, so in a car that does not require it, your fuel mileage will only go down.
Not if the premium is non-ethanol, and the regular is full of the corn juice.
Ethanol has less btu's than real gas and uses more btu's to produce, so how does that really help us save the earth?
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:58 AM   #549
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I've got 16K on mine, averaging 38MPG, only dropped to 36-37 now that's it's colder. Mostly highway driving for me, but through Detroit with stop and go traffic. Best tank so far 40.5MPG!
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:33 AM   #550
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I am still breaking mine in and getting 35 mpgs using ethanol gas. I will be trying non-ethanol soon, when I can find it, and hope to see an increase.
Most Iowa gas stations have ethanol in the mid grade only. Which I thought strange, since it is a corn state.
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