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Old 08-18-2008, 11:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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AzxA - '06 Scion xA
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Whoa, 60mpg in a Civ? Nice! But I am a bit concerned with the 70psi tires as well. I mean, that puts the HYPER in hypermiling.

(I drive an automatic so I'm not sure how much you may get out of the followin...)

As for accelerating I was doing slow-n-go since driver's ed but I (finally) realized I was getting killed on the FE just to make my gears shift (I'm in an automatic). First heard about BSFC maps here and was intrigued. Got into the habit of accelerating around 70-75 load once I had my scangauge and I have noticed some differences especially in immediate MPG. The same stretch of road that I usually got 36-37mpg on, I started to see 39-40mpg once I did some load pedalling. Slow and go is good in general, but if you have the tools to see how far (and how hard) to gas, I say go for it.

Once I get to my ideal gear, my preferred settings are:

TPS: 15-16
RPM: < 2000
MPH: 40-50

At highway speeds, this has been my better configuration:

TPS: 16-17
RPM: < 2500
MPH: 50-55

My 5 pillars of fuel efficiency:
  • driving style
  • aerodynamics
  • tires
  • weight reduction
  • engine maintenance
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