46.4 mpg going 76-80mph (best MPG yet)

So I decided to let the gauge dictate the speed I drove (within reason) and found that the faster I went, the better the MPG. I didn't test this past 80mph, although traffic was going faster at times. Most of the stretch was highway, but there was a little city and stop and go also. Based on what I got at the pump. I think I've calibrated my gauge too low, but the next step up seemed too high... more testing needed.

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Comment by jaybudder on February 25, 2010 at 8:00pm
While you may think it is impossible, both my gauge and my gas tank confirm it... You're telling me BOTH are wrong, unlikely. Maybe my Smart is atypical, which is just fine with me. Either way, since I've been driving steadier and FASTER, my MPG has been going up, and up. My average for the month of Feb. is 38.9mpg (up from 36.1mpg in Jan.) and that is with 1/2 my driving in stop and go city traffic and using the actually miles out/gas in method averaged over the month.
After my 46.1 fill up, the next fill up was back to my normal of 35.4 for mixed driving. Had I had a not complete fill up, then my next fill up would have given an overly low mpg, which it didn't... confirming that 46.4 was accurate.
Comment by Franoc Kwok on February 24, 2010 at 2:57am
That is impossible. The best you could get is 40 to 41 mpg at 65-70 mph;any speed above 70 mph will drain your tank in a flash. unless you have a diesel version. For gas version,it is a story from the moon.
Comment by jaybudder on February 21, 2010 at 11:31pm
Felinae- 2 adults in the car (husband & myself) not much for cargo. Tank was filled at the beginning of the trip, then again after. A/C was off, but the air (blower?) was on.
Comment by Felinae on February 19, 2010 at 2:24pm
Hey, Jay!

Just a few Q's:

How many people in the car with that MPG?
Total weight of cargo?

- Mark
Comment by jaybudder on February 16, 2010 at 11:37pm
mpg... mph... just one key over :)
I think it makes a good arguement, don't you... "Officer, I'm just doing my part to reduce my carbon emissions by driving at the most efficient interstate speed"
Comment by JohnnyM on February 16, 2010 at 4:54pm
Will the gauge pay for any tickets while dictating your speed? LOL

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