Recently I tested a few mini SUV's. And i was very surprised let me put it like this there are some pretty bad and overly raved cars out there.
The truth be told; a lot of these car companies that brand their machines as gas friendly, Eco friendly are actually not true, well some what. When these machines are tested in an average pattern of driving, the results are shocking.
Do not be fooled with the 27-32 MPG. In reality a few cars are able to achieve that result. Especially when it come to the way most of us drive. See the 32 MPG can be achieved. The problem with trying to achieve that is driving as if you have an egg between your knees. It is horrifying.
One other thing is that you have to wake up twice as early and drive twice as long to get to your destination. Well I thought there was a saying"time is money". Well I do not know about this one.
Quiet frankly enough with this MPG marketing strategy. I am sick of it.
The day you really want to save gas do me a favor and ride a bicycle. There I said it. This way you are not polluting the environment nor wasting gas. Think about it....... Yep it makes sense right.
You know very well how annoying people are when they have a mile stretch in front and they are in the fast lane. Man does this get under my skin.
So please do not let your MPG saving tactics get in my way of driving.
Why don't you stay out of MY way instead? My car was listed (I think) at 46 mpg city; I generally get 52 or 53. I get there just as quick as you do - the only difference is that I don't have a burr under my seat.
You sound like one of the idiots that leave a little rubber at each stop light, power down the block as far as possible and slam on the brakes at the last second for the next stop light. Or weave through traffic on the highway to save 30 seconds on a 20 mile commute.
Take it easy, quit trying to muscle every possible 1/2 second off your trip and you'll get there very nearly as quick and save half your fuel doing it. You'll also save a heart attack.
SUV's are generally not economical anyway.
Spend the money on the new Volvo that will do close to 1000 miles on a tank of petrol instead!
Perezasante you sound like you need to go for a bike ride yourself and vent some steam
stsy away from trucks and suvs if you really want save gas in my opinion
I did a test with a friend of mine. First I drove like mad: jackrabbit starts, lane changing to try to get around cars, etc. She drove steadily, at the speed limit. Then halfway to our destination we switched driving styles. Result: I wound up right behind her at the last red light. She entered the parking lot two seconds ahead of me on a thirteen-mile trip. Moral of story: it doesn't matter how you drive, unless you are really speeding. You're going to get there within a few seconds of that time one way or another.
That "mad" driving style may also mean that you spend too long at red lights, idling and wasting gas rather than maintaining a steady speed and using less gas for the same result.
It's all about the way they are tested. I drove a Plymouth SUV that I rented claimed 28mpg highway. Was rock solid at 75 for about 300 miles on the freeway and got 19.
Tires, the way you drive, the terrain, the axle ratios (based on options), your load, the wind... many many variables in the real world are NOT part of the testing.
Most SUV's with high mileage claims are just SUV bodies on Car Frames and not built for driving off road.
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