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Old 11-05-2015, 07:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If you could stand to drive something else, virtually anything else would do better. Even a full-boat Impala would get better mileage. When you need to move furniture, rent a small trailer and tow it.

If you don't ever carry more than 5 people, go smaller yet with a Malibu. Power enough, I drove one from TN to MA and was ridiculously comfortable, and the trunk space was like a Las Vegas magic act. You can still tow a couple of sofas and a fridge behind one, too.

And that's only if you've got your heart set on GM. Maybe an Escape would be more to your liking?

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Old 11-05-2015, 07:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It looks like you have the 6T75 Transmission with the following gear ratios;

1st: 4.484
2nd: 2.872
3rd: 1.842
4th: 1.414
5th: 1
6th: 0.742
R: 2.88
Final Drive: 2.77, 3.16, or 3.39.

You most likely have the 2.77:1 final drive (3.6L LY7 265hp engine) vs. the 3.16 or 3.39. The higher ratios are probably on the deluxe package (3.6L LLT 285hp engine).

Either way the gearing looks to be fairly decent. I'm not surprised about the first gear considering this beast weighs so much.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Province of Quebec up in Canada put this out for driving techniques:

http://www.ecomobile.gouv.qc.ca/en/e...lite/index.php

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I can't fathom why every car maker and every level of U.S. Government isn't doing this- putting this information out there and promoting it. Even moreso, they should have been doing it since at least 1973.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Apathy most likely. Fuel efficient cars were all the rage and getting the spotlight when gas was pushing the $4.00/gallon mark. As soon as gas prices plummeted so did the desire to drive a 'gutless' hybrid or fuel economy car. Instead desire for the SUV has once again increased. It goes in cycles, the majority of drivers do not care about fuel economy unless it begins to tie up money that could be devoted to 'play'. I remember it used to take near $60.00 to fill up my malibu. I did this twice a week so literally I did not have any extra money to put towards things that I would like to have done as most of it was tied up in fueling my car so I could work.

That being said, the fuel scare did leave a mark as people are more open to the idea of owning a fuel efficient car vs. a truck or SUV
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Old 11-05-2015, 08:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I can't fathom why [the] U.S. Government isn't... putting this information out there and promoting it.
You do realize this is the U.S. government you're talking about, right?
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Manual neutral engine off.100% @MPG <----- Fun Fact.
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Uhhhh... Oh. Yeah. :/

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