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Old 08-24-2012, 12:08 PM   #8
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2004 VUE 2.2L
Default Re: Gas Gauge at 200 miles

Originally Posted by far2grumpy View Post
I agree with great ... however, I think the V6 drive-train is pretty darn efficient. The basic problem is the Vue is shaped like a cinder block and pushes a lot of air.

Air resistance on the nose is around 35% higher at 80 MPH than at 65 MPH.
And from my experience driving the 4 cylinder across many long stretches of 70-75 mph interstate routes vs many long stretches of 55 mpg highway routes- I completely agree. My route to and from work is largely through the rural areas of the SW Denver metro area. And I'm going a direction that is the reverse of what most people are going at that time of day. A bad traffic delay for me is missing the left turn arrow at a light in Roxbourough and having to wait for the short cycle. So I spend a considerable amount of time around 45-60 mph (12 miles each way). If I was driving 70+ mph, I wouldn't get nearly as good of mpgs- it's usually down around 22-24 on the interstate.

I think MPG figures need a third category. Ciity, highway AND interstate.
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