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Old 22 Dec 2006, 07:01 pm   #1 (permalink)
Charlie Brookhart
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It is my understanding that the Camry Hybrid should be able to get 38MPG in
the city and 40MPG on the highway. Right now, according to one of the
displays on the instrument panel, the average I am getting is 32.5. Is there
anything I can do to get the gas mileage closer to what it should be?


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Old 22 Dec 2006, 08:39 pm   #2 (permalink)
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EPA figures are exaggerated for all cars. Camry Hybrid just got Motortrend
car of the year. I don't subscribe but my dentist does. Article said they
got 38 on highway and were happy with that. 32 in city with accessories on
is probably great.


"Charlie Brookhart" <brookhartc@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> It is my understanding that the Camry Hybrid should be able to get 38MPG
> in the city and 40MPG on the highway. Right now, according to one of the
> displays on the instrument panel, the average I am getting is 32.5. Is
> there anything I can do to get the gas mileage closer to what it should
> be?
>



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Old 23 Dec 2006, 02:05 am   #3 (permalink)
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Charlie Brookhart wrote:
> It is my understanding that the Camry Hybrid should be able to get 38MPG in
> the city and 40MPG on the highway. Right now, according to one of the
> displays on the instrument panel, the average I am getting is 32.5. Is there
> anything I can do to get the gas mileage closer to what it should be?
>
>


I think the 38 MPG figure depends on bloody-minded driving with fuel
economy in mind - very gradual starts that don't engage the internal
combustion engine and slowing down well in advance for traffic lights
such that you don't need to stop (because they have turned green before
you get there.) In short, you have to drive like the accelerator pedal
is radioactive.

Government MPG figures are derived from a highly artificial test cycle
that doesn't reflect most people's driving - the figures are only good
for comparing different cars. The US government has just finished
revising its test cycle to reflect more closely normal driving habits,
and they are warning that, for example, cars tested at 30 MPG this year
may only score 25 under the new test.

One thing you can do that makes a big difference to your mileage is make
sure your tires are pumped up to the recommended pressure. Don't depend
on the new warning system for this - buy a good analogue gauge and use
it every couple of weeks. (I got mine from getagauge.com .)

Me, I'm waiting for someone to sell a diesel hybrid here in Canada.
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Old 23 Dec 2006, 08:00 am   #4 (permalink)
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You can appeal to the epa to get real , or drive it at 70f in moderate
driving and slowly

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Old 23 Dec 2006, 03:13 pm   #5 (permalink)
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m Ransley wrote:
> You can appeal to the epa to get real , or drive it at 70f in moderate
> driving and slowly
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The problem isn't that you can't get the EPA-estimated
mileage. I do it all the time. The problem is that most people
these days drive under different conditions than the EPA uses to
estimate. Some are 'external', like heavier traffic that causes
more low-speed and stop and go driving. Others are the fault of
drivers, like always driving 70 in a 55 speed zone. Don't confuse
'unrealistic' with "impossible."
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Old 24 Dec 2006, 09:07 am   #6 (permalink)
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Mobil 1 5-30 synthetic will raise mpg, after a change I notice 2-3 mpg
more for apx 2000 miles , as the oil gets old and thickens it gets less.
Mobil synthetic in the trans, differential and power steering help. But
1st winter cold, winter gas formulations and short trips cut my milage
by 25% or more. If you are driving in easy traffic it could be something
else the dealer should check. Since its a new car the odds are low but
things like dragging brakes, timing being off do affect older cars.
Winter gas formulations do give worse milage. On some cars the defrost
turns on the AC compressor that will lower milage. Try Mobil 1, get it
looked at, check tire pressure. In city driving my old camry get 20-23,
on highway city mix 26-28, highway 32-36, Maybe your 32.5 is good for
your type of driving when comparing to a non hybrid.

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Old 24 Dec 2006, 08:21 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Haha I like that, I do that too but there are alot of people in a hurry
in souther california and you'll get the honk if you drive like that.
In the future, will it hybrids? hydrogen? or electric cars... but this
is another topic

>" In short, you have to drive like the accelerator pedal
> is radioactive."
>> "Me, I'm waiting for someone to sell a diesel hybrid here in Canada. "


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Old 25 Dec 2006, 12:12 pm   #8 (permalink)
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> Mobil 1 5-30 synthetic will raise mpg, after a change I notice 2-3 mpg
> more for apx 2000 miles , as the oil gets old and thickens it gets less.
> Mobil synthetic in the trans, differential and power steering help. But


Motion seconded. I am a synthetic oil user and it does make a difference.

> 1st winter cold, winter gas formulations and short trips cut my milage
> by 25% or more. If you are driving in easy traffic it could be something
> else the dealer should check. Since its a new car the odds are low but
> things like dragging brakes, timing being off do affect older cars.
> Winter gas formulations do give worse milage. On some cars the defrost
> turns on the AC compressor that will lower milage. Try Mobil 1, get it
> looked at, check tire pressure. In city driving my old camry get 20-23,
> on highway city mix 26-28, highway 32-36, Maybe your 32.5 is good for
> your type of driving when comparing to a non hybrid.
>



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