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Old 05-07-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Real World MPG - ST

For all the ST owners out there. I am curious to know what are the real world MPGs you are experiencing with your ST. I know the ST is rated for 32MPG Highway but I know that is probably too high.

I do a lot of stop and go traffic in my commute (along with some highway) so MPG is important to me. However, I am intrigued with the ST. Currently, I have a Ti Hatch 5spd and I am averaging about 30 MPG with combined City/Highway driving. There is a blog on edmonds.com with a guy driving the ST and he said he is at best getting about 22 MPG on average (sometimes he gets much lower than that).


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Old 05-07-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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I'm getting 29.9 with Cobb Eco tune and keeping my foot out of it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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IS that city driving or highway? I thought the ST was rated at 23 City 32 Highway. 29.9 combined would be better than the 26 that its rated for combined...which would be great.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:30 PM   #4
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Why get an ST if you are concerned over fuel mileage? They are sport tuned. Grip a nice Titanium if you still want all the goodies and something that is geared for fuel economy. I wouldn't want to hold back if I was tearing it up in an ST.
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My combined figures (slightly highway biased), and on the second tank of gas has the car sitting at ~30.x mpg indicated. Car has slightly over 500 miles on the clock.

The hand calculation for the first tank I almost have to throw out because when you do mi/ gal it came to 29.2, but that was counting from mile zero, subtract the 30 miles on the car at delivery and there was no way it had done 29 mpg, more like 26.9 for the first tank of gas, and the car had been reporting around 26 mpg then, so it's fairly accurate so far.

I was only averaging around 32-33 mpg on the SEL as of late, so, so far it's not been too far off even with the lowered compression ratio off boost, and the heavier car with the wide sticky 18x8 wheels vs the narrower 16x7 or 17x7" wheels.

I didn't buy the ST specifically for fuel economy, but rather for the power, the 6 speed manual gearbox, basically the whole package, and that's something you just can't get out of a Titanium at any price.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:06 PM   #6
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I have 6500 miles on my ST and the average for that total miles is 28.5 mpg.

100% of my driving is round town suburban roads. My 48 mile round trip commute is on suburban roads and includes 7 traffic lights. Most of that commute has 40 mph limits with some 50 and some 35.

I don't baby the car and most of my acceleration is brisk and most often accelerate away from traffic with shifts occurring in the 3-4000 rpm range. At least once each way I do a WOT to redline blast up through the gears.

I picked up the ST on 1/2/13 so the first 5k miles were in winter weather and my average was about 28 mpg. The last 5 tanks in weather mostly over 50 degrees I have been getting a tank to tank average of 30-31 mpg.

If I really baby by shifting around 2k rpm and not allowing the engine to see boost I can pretty easily get 38 mpg on the way to work. There is more traffic and I wind up stopping at more of the lights lights on the way home and the best I can do us 35 mpg. I can't maintain that for an entire tank.

I have had turbo charged 4cyl compact cars continuously since 1985. The key to good mileage is keeping it out of boost, if you do you can get close to a non turbo version of the car. My Turbo PT Cruiser would do about 1 mpg better than my brothers non turbo PT on the hiway.
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My drive currently which is 100% city driving I average 20mpg and that is having my foot going into boost every time, when I was driving 70% highway i was getting 26-28mpg
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:23 AM   #8
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I get a combined (City/Highway) 24 MPG according to the car.
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I get 22-24 mpg on my typical commute (~3 miles, 40 mph, lights, 60% of my trips are with a cold engine, so it's a pretty rotten case for mileage). I've gotten 36-38 MPG cruising on the highway (resetting the trip computer for just that purpose).

The trip computer gives me readings that are close to manual calculations. I've seen it come in both lower and higher, within about 1 mpg either way.

The mileage you get will have a lot to do with how hard you drive the car. Any time you want to take a tenth of a point off the MPG number on the trip computer, just launch down the freeway ramp or away from that next light. You'll notice the green eco-mode shift arrows never take you above 2500 rpm.
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I'm getting 26.2 mixed driving.
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