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Last time I looked, my 2016 manual transmission model was at 34.4 mpg over 27,000 miles of use. That’s an actual calculated value of miles driven divided by gallons of fuel used since the day I bought this car.
A couple of things to note about my driving...
I’m a pretty average driver. I don’t regularly flog my car. However, I don’t follow the “up shift” command either. I don’t know where that puts me on the continuum, but take it for what it’s worth.
Where I currently live is very rural and mostly flat. I don’t have to contend with heavy traffic, stop and go, or lots of hills. It’s also fairly cool weather-wise, so I don’t use the A/C as much as other folks. I also tend to not drive my car so much in the winter. Most of my driving is at around 55-60 mph. When I travel on the interstate, I’m usually going about 5 mph over whatever the posted speed is...so, depending on where I am, that’s generally 70-75. All in all, where and how I drive has a major impact on that 34.4 mpg.
Very soon, my wife and I will be moving. We will be living in a much more crowded, congested area. The terrain is much hillier and the weather much hotter. I’m expecting all that to have a negative effect on my fuel economy.
* edit...I forgot to mention, I usually run 91 octane non-ethanol fuel. Where we’re moving, that isn’t available, so I’ll have to use E-10 gas. That should also knock back my mpg number some.
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2016 Mazda 6 Touring (w/6-speed manual transmission)
OE fog lights/navigation card/auto-dimming mirror/
Tanabe front strut bar/
Orange Virus 91-octane tune/Racing Beat rear muffler
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