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Old 11-02-2016, 01:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Broke 40 mpg on my first full tank

I've finally started driving my new to me 2000 Echo on a regular basis this last month. I know 40 doesn't sound like much for an Echo, but I'm really pleased. When I bought it I was hoping for low to mid 30's this is a pleasant surprise. All my driving is stop and go city, mostly during bumper to bumper rush hour traffic and road construction. All my trips are short, 1-5 miles (avg is probably 2-3). My commute is only 4 miles each way and that is one of my longer drives. Temps have been 20-40*F with limited ability to plug in so getting it up to temp is a challenge. I've been focusing on winterizing mods which seem to be helping. I doubt I will maintain this once winter sets in but I'm still learning how to drive it so time will tell. I know for certain my technique has room for improvement. It's good to have a goal, right? No matter how bad it gets, it will still be way better than the 12-14 mpg I was getting in the van that this replaced.

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Old 11-02-2016, 08:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice improvement. You might well see 50mpg in the summer without any changes to your driving.
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice!

According to the scorecard, 40 is 20+% over what the EPA says, so evidently it IS pretty good for an Echo.

And since you're doing all city and short trips, it's even better.
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Old 11-02-2016, 11:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'd say thats a great start! Nice job.
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Old 11-02-2016, 12:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's always good to see another hypermiler doing his thing!
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Old 11-02-2016, 11:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. This is the first time in over 20 years that I've driven a standard on a regular basis. I'm hoping I can improve my hypermiling skills over time. I'm finding that I need to/can drive it differently than my automatic car.

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