Let's talk mpg's
With TexB's post about his Echo tranny swap, I got to thinking about fuel economy and real world driving. I recently did two 200 mile round trips, and used my Torque app to monitor my fuel efficiency. For the first trip I averaged 29 mpg with 55mph SoCal freeways and some spirited driving on rural roads, and on the second trip decided to keep up with traffic at 65-70mph and my mileage only dropped to 27.5 mpg's. My around town city driving gets 31mpg.
I find it strange that my city driving is more efficient than my highway driving. I don't like hyper-mile-ing, and around town I'm definitely not a slow driver. I do decelerate in gear, but I also heel-toe shift around corners and usually do 5 over the speed limit on each street.
The 5 speed does 3k RPM's @ 55 mph, but I expected to get 35 mpg, not less than 30.
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