I'm pretty stoked right now, I filled up today because I found a station selling for under $3, and tomorrow I'm having an NPR person come by to interview me about my hybrid and hypermiling, but lo and behold, I did it, I ended up averaging 40.2 MPG over 513 Miles! My first 40 Plus tank, and my goal for the summer! Whoo!!!!
I wasn't excited all along, because my FCD was only showing 38.9, a high for me, but nothing that tremendous, but calculating it by hand, I found it was low. (This marks the fourth time it's been low, usually it's within .3)
Heh, double what most conventional AWD Escape owners ever see. Whoo!!!
Oh, for the record, I did that without Key FASing or Drafting, just driving smart and using the hybrid technology to its potential!
What was the breakdown on driving with that tank (how much city/highway/backroad)? My best with my AWD is 35MPG, that's with 70% highway, 20% backroads and 10% city. Also, my route is quite hilly at highway speeds so that takes a bit more off. I have a little over 30,000 on mine and I think I'm driving smart but I'm curious how your driving environment compares.
This tank was about 80% City, 10% "Backroads" (Dirt/seldom used subdivision), 10% Expressway. Yeah, it's a lot of city driving on this tank, normally there's more highway driving, but that's not how things worked out this tank.
Today I did the NPR interview, which the drive was a 41 mile round trip, 50% Expressway, 50% City which I averaged 40.4 with the NPR guy interviewing me as we went along.
I have never gotten much over 30 mpg with my 06 4WD FEH, but I'm not real fanatical about it either. I did get 42 mpg for a 1/2 tank once just to see if I could do it, but after that I went back to more normal driving techniques.
I was driving a minivan that got 16 mpg before (& I HATED the thing), so to be able to get anywhere near 30 mpg in a 4WD SUV (that I absolutely love) is just fine by me......
Nice work Rich! I also achieved a 40.2 tank for the first time today!!
My secret weapon is not something people would normally take joy in- traffic! My commute is mostly expressway, but I average around 25mph or so with the congestion. If the congestion is too heavy, the engine spins up for regen and I lose... if it's too light I drive fast and my mileage takes a hit. But if I have the right "roll and go" conditions I can do alright.
I was also treated to a new best MTE after filling up:
Best trip: 48.9 mpg over 17.9 miles (scangauge)
Best tank: 40.7 mpg over 606 miles (calculated)
As an amusing aside, I was recently driving an H2 Hummer that we took in trade at the car dealer I work at.
I was flipping through the trip computer screens & had to laugh when I got to the average mpg screen, it was reading 10.2 mpg.................
How would you like to drive that day in & day out???
Actually......that's about norm for my F-250, and I drove it every day for a few years. On one hand, I don't drive much, so the truth is.....the savings in dollars don't matter so much. It was the economics of keeping one vehicle instead of trying to maintain two. But I knew why I had to have an F-250.....I've never quite figured out why someone would have to have an H-2. At $3 a gallon, plenty of people will still buy one just because they want it.
Perhaps tax it to $5 a gallon, and use the money for alternatives...???