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Old 11-10-2018, 03:54 PM
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Well, I finally broke the 500 mark with about 30 miles to spare, or that was what it was reading.
In California, I could not get over 380, city/HWY combined, now I get over 425 - 480 consistently! On the east coast!
Smiles per Gallon, or Liter for some of you!

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Most of the miles my '08 with the 3.6L engine are road miles, and it consistently gets over 500 miles on a tank. Generally 21 mpg, and most trips include a mountain pass crossing. I don't brag about the in-town mpg, in the 15 to 16 ballpark.
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The 4.2 was horrible, ~13 or so in-town average and only 18-19 highway but it sounded fantastic and hauled. The 3.6 is better on fuel economy, I get ~22 on long highway trips (but ~15 in town with a heavy right foot). The TDI is amazing, in around town driving it gets at least 100mi further on a tank, and on the highway 200mi further with out breaking a sweat. I haven't had the TSI engine (yet).
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Do you think the better fuel economy is due to the terrain (hill vs flat), or difference in regional fuel composition/blend, or something else?
(I have a TDI so it's common to see 30-31 mpg on highway, and something like 20 mpg in city.)
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Originally Posted by machish View Post
Do you think the better fuel economy is due to the terrain (hill vs flat), or difference in regional fuel composition/blend, or something else?
(I have a TDI so it's common to see 30-31 mpg on highway, and something like 20 mpg in city.)
I think a lot of things!
California has a special gas blend which you pay a dollar more for per gallon. There are some hills there, but nothing that concerning. There is a lot of stop and go on the highway there, parking moreso.
East coast/mid west is generally flat, but NC where I live has more hills, Appalachian mountains, gas is a dollar less on this side of the country and it has a certain smell from summer to winter.
My trip was generally flat from Michigan to Tennessee and cruise was set most all the time at 77 - 80 with 2/3 stops.
I also leave my bars on the roof full time, if I were to remove them excepting when needed, it may get better yet, from what I have read.
So all in all, there will always be factors concerning MPG.
We just do our best to get the best we can when we need to and not worry about it when we don't!
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