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Old 04-11-2012, 08:39 PM
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Came back to this thread because of what happened today...


But it is pretty easy to get this within the first 100 miles. I want to see a picture of someone who has gone through 3/4 of the gas tank and still has 20+mpg.


I wish I'd taken a pic (crappy old school cell phone), because I was at a bit under 3/4 of a tank today and I got the best mileage I have ever gotten. On my way home from work this morning, I hit 23.0 mpg (almost all highway). Although it mostly alternated between 22.6 and 22.9 mpg. My DTE from departure to arrival (22.5 miles) went up by a handful of miles, ended at 299 miles to empty I think. The mpg peaked in a long stretch where there is ongoing road construction, and I was doing 55 mph there. Some of the trip was at 65 mph also (on cruise), where it fell off to anywhere from 21.9 to 22.4 mpg. Little bit of 45 mph stuff (no cruise) for a couple of minutes where I hit a few lights, still stayed in the high 19's.

The highway had a lot of flat areas, but it does have a fair number of overpasses where it rises and falls, so there was definitely some uphill stuff involved. This type of mileage is not typical for me - normally I get 18 or 19 on this same trip. Not sure what it was about today that was different, just had a good run home and was able to keep it on cruise control, which brings me to my next point...


But it will do it if you do not use cruse control because it takes a lot of manipulation of the gas petal to do it.

Hands down, I always fare better when using the cruise control. I can drive really conservatively and do pretty good (but never as well) with careful pedal management. Generally I find it too frustrating to keep doing it for long and the reward isn't worth the work to me. I am not a lead-foot kinda driver anyway, just like to have a lot of power if I need it. Cruise control should always be better because it is more consistent over time and pedal manipulation is your enemy. It's the reason why someone with a steady foot can drive a steady 65 mph on the highway and the person doing 65 mph on cruise control will leave them behind.

In case anyone is wondering...

My truck: 2011 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman crew cab, 5.7 L Hemi, 2WD, 3.92 gearing with "anti-slip" differential, 32 gallon tank, just over 8,000 miles on the odometer.

Last edited by Heraclid; 04-12-2012 at 12:24 PM.
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