Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Cars and MPG

I picked my current car, a 2004 Honda Accord with the 4 cylinder engine, primarily based on the belief that gas would go up in price. I had no idea back in late 2003 how right I would be about the price of fuel.

I just wanted to point out that this car with 160 HP (more than the first Porsche 944) and a 5 speed automatic transmission gets 29.4 mpg in every day driving. I generally keep the front tires inflated to 39PSI and the rears between 30 and 35 PSI. If the front tires drop to 30 PSI then the millage drops by about 2.5 MPG.

See the spreadsheet where I keep most of my mileage data. As I write this the car has 50K miles on it. So the spreadsheet currently holds data for a little over half of the miles I have put on the car. All fill ups that got over 31 MPG were on tanks that were mostly highway driving. The rest of the time its what I would call an urban mix with stop and go rush hour traffic thrown in.
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