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Old 10-20-2008, 10:10 AM   #1
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I know this has probley been asked a million times, but at what RPM or "sweet spot" does the vue get its best fuel mil. my previous car did not run at the rpms this motor does, i have a 5 speed and was just trying to get a feel for it.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:18 PM   #2
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Whatever engine speed correlates to about 60 mph. Roughly, anyway. Crank it up north of 70-75 mph, and mileage drops quickly. I've drained at least a dozen tanks of gas at these speeds and have always got around 22ish mpgs.

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Old 10-21-2008, 10:06 PM   #3
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The best mpg will be obtained at the lowest reasonable speed in the highest gear you can operate (without lugging the engine).

Drag is the real killer of mpg. The drag increases as the square of the speed. So the drag at 80 mph is 4 times that at 40 mph (generally).

So, doing the posted speed limit is the best for mpg. But you may get run over by traffic.

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Old 10-21-2008, 10:42 PM   #4
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Default Re: fuel milleage qusetions

I've found if you average about 55 it's the best. At 55 it's turning about 2500 RPMS which gave me my only tank of 31ish.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:23 PM   #5
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Default Re: fuel milleage qusetions

I have a V6 3.5 and my sweet spot seems to be about 1700 RPM going about 95Km/H. But normally I make it at 2000RPM.

Normally try not to go over 2000RPM on overdrive in order to have best fuel economy.

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Old 10-22-2008, 12:43 PM   #6
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The 3.5 and Auto tranny like 1700 RPM. That means getting to around 50MPH and letting it shift into overdrive. You're also in the frigid North with many of us and temperature has more of an effect than anything. Once you're below 60F, mileage drops.

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:44 PM   #7
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I found my VUE loves to sit around 1500- 1700 rpms while cruising at 60-65mph. I have noticed that since the cold weather sat in, I do get less milage out of mine then when it was warmer.

One thing that you should do is keep an eye one the air filter. If it's clogged, the computer will adjust to use more fuel if the filter is clogged up. Trust me, I know from experience. Also, keep the tire pressure up. Don't carry unneeded weight in the vehicle. And if you have a cargo box on top, get that off when not needed. Believe it or not, driving with the A/C on is better then having the windows open while driving on the freeway. Having the windows open creates drag by having the wind pushing on the inside of the car and slowing it down.

So, enjoy your VUE and happy motoring........

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Old 10-23-2008, 11:45 AM   #8
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Default Re: fuel milleage qusetions

Just calculated my mileage over the last 10,000 km with my 2006 V6; 23.2 US mpg. Based on 60% highway and 40% city. Overall I am pretty happy with those numbers. As said above, my Vue seems to be most efficient under 1800 rpm or 65-70 mph.
With winter around the corner, I expect a 15 to 20% drop.....

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Old 10-27-2008, 07:02 AM   #9
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My '02 Vue (4-cylinder, standard tranny) hates ANY speed above 65. I can get normally, about 420 miles to a full tank of gas which equals 28MPG, but as soon as the speed gets to about 70MPH or above, it almost sounds like the transmission needs one more gear to shift into.

If I go 70mph, my mileage goes from 400-420 a tank way down to 320-340!

My suggestion is, if on a major interstate and you don't want to lag around at 65mph for the mileage, just jump it up to 70 and press cruise. If you are just driving around town or locally - I've found my biggest gas saver is just not romping on the gas during start up speed, just taking my time as long as there is no one behind me. I might take an extra 5-10 minutes, but I reap the rewards. I follow when my car tells me to shift, and make sure air pressures and such are all A-OK on my car. Nothing helps your car more than keeping up on it's servicing

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