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Old 01-03-2006, 02:47 AM   #1
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Default Whats your fuel mileage?

My wife just bought a brand new Vue but I have doing most of the driving and I am very gently breaking it in.

Filled up a 1/2 tank today and worked out the mileage.

8.7L per 100km or in english 27 US MPG (32 CDN) all city driving. I was floored by this!! Better then my last tank on my 2.4L Cobalt SS (I do drive it a bit harder)

So far we love it. This was a good move by GM to buy the Honda engine. Although hopefully a GM egnine will be in this eventuially but they beter not cheap out!!
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Old 01-03-2006, 02:59 AM   #2
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You should keep track of your mileage over a longer period. With only 1/2 tank, you might have a large margin for error.

27 is quite good, but you are certainly on the upper end. Did you have 2wd or AWD? My 3.5 AWD gets between 18 and 25.5 depending on the city / hwy mix.
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:00 AM   #3
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Since new, on 27th of June, I usually average between 18-24mpg in the city and 28-30mpg on the highway. On a recent trip to Ohio I averaged about 27.9 mpg driving against the wind.
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:12 AM   #4
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You should keep track of your mileage over a longer period. With only 1/2 tank, you might have a large margin for error.

27 is quite good, but you are certainly on the upper end. Did you have 2wd or AWD? My 3.5 AWD gets between 18 and 25.5 depending on the city / hwy mix.
AWD. Hmm...I just realized I am dumbass


I converted to L per 100km wrong. I really went litres per KM!--not sure why---I have never heard of that measurement

and then entered the wrong data when converting to MPG. Opps.

20mpg US and 24.5 CDN MPG (11.49 L per 100km)

I did beat Transport Canadas estimates though
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Old 01-05-2006, 04:36 AM   #5
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Since new, on 27th of June, I usually average between 18-24mpg in the city and 28-30mpg on the highway. On a recent trip to Ohio I averaged about 27.9 mpg driving against the wind.
Must be a 2.2 2wd, right?
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Old 01-06-2006, 12:09 AM   #6
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You should keep track of your mileage over a longer period. With only 1/2 tank, you might have a large margin for error.

27 is quite good, but you are certainly on the upper end. Did you have 2wd or AWD? My 3.5 AWD gets between 18 and 25.5 depending on the city / hwy mix.
Correct dogturd21....I can guarantee that the 1/2 tank method is not correct. The Vue and its odd saddle tank make anything less than a complete fill-up most likely wrong. After 47000+ miles, mostly highway, 23 overall is the best mine will do. The high EVER has been 26.1 (IIRC)

Case in point...My work truck gets 250 or so miles to the first half tank and about 150 to the second half, according to the fuel gauge. And no, the 2500HD D-Max 4x4 DOES NOT get 22.75 MPG in the city. It gets 16 overall on a COMPLETE fillup. Ya gotta love the GM fuel gauge.
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Old 01-07-2006, 12:28 PM   #7
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Correct dogturd21....I can guarantee that the 1/2 tank method is not correct. The Vue and its odd saddle tank make anything less than a complete fill-up most likely wrong. After 47000+ miles, mostly highway, 23 overall is the best mine will do. The high EVER has been 26.1 (IIRC)

Case in point...My work truck gets 250 or so miles to the first half tank and about 150 to the second half, according to the fuel gauge. And no, the 2500HD D-Max 4x4 DOES NOT get 22.75 MPG in the city. It gets 16 overall on a COMPLETE fillup. Ya gotta love the GM fuel gauge.
What does the shape of the tank have to do with calculation? If you start with a full tank, drive 200 miles, fill up the tank, divide 200 by the number of gallons to refill, you can figure the MPG. As long as you don't drive until the gauge reads half and then assume half is 8 gallons. Whether you drive 400 miles or 250 miles, as long as you divide by the actual number of gallons required to refill, you are correctly calculating. You are always going to have a margin of error based on speed, passenger/cargo weight, wind, temperature, etc but you don't have to drive the tank to empty to effectively determine your mileage.

My '05 manual has been as high as 29.8 (95% highway), and as low as 22.
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Old 01-07-2006, 12:53 PM   #8
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I've had 3 fillups on mine and am not happy with the mileage at all. I've gotten 16.7, 17.36 and the last one was an awful 14.11. I know it's new and the engine is breaking in, there is winter gas in the tank, and I drive mostly short couple mile trips, but I still think this is awful mileage. I have been babying the gas pedal 90% of the time, do a lot of coasting towards lights and stop signs, and all these other little things to keep the mileage up and nothing works. I have yet to taken it on a tank that is primarily highway so hopefully when I do the mileage would improve. I was hoping to at least hit 20mpg with my Vue since the SL was getting about 25-27. At least I only need to get gas every 2 1/2 weeks or so. While I'm not happy with the mileage I figure it is the price I pay to be able to drive a more comfortable vehicle. I have a hip problem and the way I had to sit with it in the SL was very uncomfortable, with the Vue I have no problems at all.
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Old 01-07-2006, 07:22 PM   #9
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'06 FWD V6
Took delivery Oct. 28th, 2005.
I've been averaging about 21mpg.
I drive about 22 miles each way to work and back. Plus the Vue has become the run-a-bout vehicle for the family.
The area is fairly flat, Just one good sized hill really. Roads are pretty straight. Most of the mileage is 2 lane country roads, 55mph, occasional stop lights. Closer to work gets me some more city stop-and-go.
I picked up the vehicle with 4 miles. Topped the tank off at 31 miles with 2.327 gallons for 11.6mpg. I don't believe they top the tanks off out of the factory so don't bother trying to judge by your first fill up.
My next lowest fillup was 19.72mpg. I usually know its coming becuase its usually after I've been late to work or having a bit of fun and I've been heavy on the pedal.
My best was 24.47mpg at the tail end of a long trip, when we took to 2 lane 55mph highways for the last 150 miles or so through western NY to enjoy some Christmas lights. The trip also brought me up to 3000 miles on my Vue so it was time for the first oil change.
After the oil change, the engine does feel like it is running a bit more easily, but just slightly.

I do wish the mpg was a bit better but I do realize the engine is breaking in and I'm using winter gas. I'm curious to see what happens later this spring.
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Old 01-07-2006, 07:58 PM   #10
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Default Re: Whats your fuel mileage?

I pulled off a personal best this last weekend..32.2

It was all 2 lane highway and strictly observing the speed limit. I had a little tailwind, but I also had to go through a few towns and stop and go in a small city.
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Old 01-08-2006, 04:04 AM   #11
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I've had 3 fillups on mine and am not happy with the mileage at all. I've gotten 16.7, 17.36 and the last one was an awful 14.11. I know it's new and the engine is breaking in, there is winter gas in the tank, and I drive mostly short couple mile trips, but I still think this is awful mileage. I have been babying the gas pedal 90% of the time, do a lot of coasting towards lights and stop signs, and all these other little things to keep the mileage up and nothing works. I have yet to taken it on a tank that is primarily highway so hopefully when I do the mileage would improve. I was hoping to at least hit 20mpg with my Vue since the SL was getting about 25-27. At least I only need to get gas every 2 1/2 weeks or so. While I'm not happy with the mileage I figure it is the price I pay to be able to drive a more comfortable vehicle. I have a hip problem and the way I had to sit with it in the SL was very uncomfortable, with the Vue I have no problems at all.
It is the short trips that are killing you, and to some extent the winter gas. The engine takes a while to warm up, and the cold start is less efficient MPG wise. Once you feel you have it broken it, switch to a good synthetic oil.

My 04 V6 AWD has seen as good as 25.5 and as bad as 17.5. The 25.5 was 75-85 mph interstate cruise with a heavy load.
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Old 01-08-2006, 12:27 PM   #12
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It is the short trips that are killing you, and to some extent the winter gas. The engine takes a while to warm up, and the cold start is less efficient MPG wise. Once you feel you have it broken it, switch to a good synthetic oil.

My 04 V6 AWD has seen as good as 25.5 and as bad as 17.5. The 25.5 was 75-85 mph interstate cruise with a heavy load.
I figure my short trips to work even out with the mileage. As my boyfriend pointed out if I drove 15 miles or so each way to work like he does I would get better mileage, but have to get gas more often. So while I'm not happy with the mileage I'm getting and hope it get better (at leas 17-19) I will take my 2 mile commute to work over 15. As it is I spend about $30 to fill up and it lasts almost 3 weeks. My bf was spending $40 a week to fill up his '76 station wagon before he started driving the SL so things could be worse.
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I figure my short trips to work even out with the mileage. As my boyfriend pointed out if I drove 15 miles or so each way to work like he does I would get better mileage, but have to get gas more often. So while I'm not happy with the mileage I'm getting and hope it get better (at leas 17-19) I will take my 2 mile commute to work over 15. As it is I spend about $30 to fill up and it lasts almost 3 weeks. My bf was spending $40 a week to fill up his '76 station wagon before he started driving the SL so things could be worse.
If I was you, I'd walk those 2 miles, assuming you live/work in a safe area. You aren't doing your VUE any favors by only driving it 2 miles at a time.
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That means the engine never got warmed up...
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Old 01-08-2006, 04:53 PM   #15
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If I was you, I'd walk those 2 miles, assuming you live/work in a safe area. You aren't doing your VUE any favors by only driving it 2 miles at a time.
That is impossible because I have a hip problem and my left left is an inch shorter than the right. I am unable to walk long distances or stand for long periods of time without being in pain. It would take me about an hour+ to walk to work. Plus in the winter it's too cold and the summer is too hot. I am also unable to ride a bike because of it. The medical reason is a big part of why I got the Vue in the first place. It is more comfortable for me to drive and get in/out of. Just remember walking/biking is not an option for everyone.
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That is impossible because I have a hip problem and my left left is an inch shorter than the right. I am unable to walk long distances or stand for long periods of time without being in pain. It would take me about an hour+ to walk to work. Plus in the winter it's too cold and the summer is too hot. I am also unable to ride a bike because of it. The medical reason is a big part of why I got the Vue in the first place. It is more comfortable for me to drive and get in/out of. Just remember walking/biking is not an option for everyone.
I don't think he meant any disrespect by his post.

With the small amount of driving you do, the actual monetary savings you might get with a higher mileage vehicle is probably not even worth worrying about.
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What does the shape of the tank have to do with calculation? If you start with a full tank, drive 200 miles, fill up the tank, divide 200 by the number of gallons to refill, you can figure the MPG. As long as you don't drive until the gauge reads half and then assume half is 8 gallons. Whether you drive 400 miles or 250 miles, as long as you divide by the actual number of gallons required to refill, you are correctly calculating. You are always going to have a margin of error based on speed, passenger/cargo weight, wind, temperature, etc but you don't have to drive the tank to empty to effectively determine your mileage.

My '05 manual has been as high as 29.8 (95% highway), and as low as 22.
exactly. Measuring is not done by the guage but how much fuel it took to fill it. Then you know how much you used up.
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Correct... As long as you "fill up" or "top off" every time and write down what your odometer reads, it is EASY to determine MPG... !! Simple subtraction of odometer reading compared to last odometer reading and then divide by number of gals. it took for you to get filled up again !!
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Correct... As long as you "fill up" or "top off" every time and write down what your odometer reads, it is EASY to determine MPG... !! Simple subtraction of odometer reading compared to last odometer reading and then divide by number of gals. it took for you to get filled up again !!
OR make it even easier and reset the trip odometer each fill up
I'm very happpy that my FWD 4 banger gets 24-27 MPG. Especially with the added drag of the spoiler and light bar.
There is a cost to extra power and weight.

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Got my Vue 3.5 liter in December and so far in mostly city driving I have averaged between 22 and 23.5 miles a gallon. Im a very happy camper as I was not expecing the gas mileage to be this good.
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