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Old 01-22-2008, 04:53 AM   #1
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'04 Tsx

Hey guys. A few months ago I traded a V6 Oldsmobile Alero with horrible gas mileage (about 22mpg combined) for an '04 Acura TSX. I wanted something fun to drive, but it needed to get good gas mileage. I have always heard that Honda products get great gas mileage, so I decided to get one.

The revised EPA ratings are 20/29/23 for the 5AT. My commute is about 60% hwy and 40% city (not stop and go). I started off getting almost 26mpg and was a little dissapointed, but then I started researching practical ways to get better mileage. I started by trying to keep the RPMs under 2500 around town and keeping my highway speed under 70mph. This gave me a slight increase. Next, I decided to limit my highway speed to 60-65mph and I started leaving work at 5:30 instead of 5:00 so I would spend less time in traffic. Also, I started using an alternate route to and from work that avoided congestion in the busier parts of town. I averaged about 28mpg doing that. I was very impressed, because I didn't have to mod the car or do anything dangerous. Knowing that I could get better mileage, I decided to see what kind of mileage I could really get. There is a road called the Natchez Trace Parkway that connects Natchez, MS (southwest MS) to Nashville, TN. The speed limit is 50mph and I figured it was the best road to test the upper limits of my car's mileage. There is very minimal traffic and the road is very flat. I set my cruise control on 50 and that was it. I filled up my car before I left and then stopped at the same station (even used the same pump) when I got back. I got almost 43mpg. I was not expecting that at all.

I don't plan to do any mods. I think changing the way I drive has been effective enough. I want to try getting 45mpg, but this time I will make sure to check my tire inflation. I will let you know how that goes.

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Old 01-22-2008, 05:21 AM   #2
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AWESOME. Vehicle you like, significant improvement in mileage, newish vehicle so that you have something you will have around for a long while, just great all around. Real-world practicality.

Put it in the garage so we can see what kind of FE you're getting!

Looking to trade for an early 1988 Honda CRX HF (Pillar mounted seat belts)
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Old 01-23-2008, 03:05 AM   #3
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Welcome!!! And Wow! Getting 40mpg for a TSX is awsome. I use to drive an 07' SI sedan as my work commuter (90% hwy) and cruising at 65mph all week only got me to 33-34mpg. I do have an alternative route where the speed limit is 55mph, but it goes through 3-small towns. Maybe when it warms up here I'll try that route. I drive an 07' Honda Fit now, but it's the base model (no cruise). Nice to have you on board.
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