What is the gas mileage of smart?
Engineering and testing continues to take place on the vehicle that will be produced for the United States. The vehicle is designed to achieve 40 city/45 highway mpg according to 2007 EPA standards and 33 city/41 highway mpg according to 2008 EPA standards. The mpg rating for all vehicles will decrease in 2008 due to new calculation methods that the EPA has adopted.
So the mileage is barely better than a Mini, which is a real car and a blast to drive and gets 28/37 mpg (2009 model).
And what’s the deal with mpg standards changing to decrease EPA stated values? I mean, if congress passed that 35 mpg law last year (did they? or did it get vetoed?) this means that it’s now going to be that much more improbable that automakers to reach the threshold. I mean, the city mpg for the smart decreased by over 17% when they used the new measures…
I’m doing my part
I used to get about 360 miles out of a 15.5 gallon fill up. My onboard computer would report 23.5 mpg. I used to think that was pretty good, as it was combined city/highway driving (about 80% highway) and the EPA mpg estimates for this car was only 16/24. So I was at the top end of the spectrum, right?
I remember not so long ago when I cut the speed back a little bit and got 400 miles out of a single fill-up. I actually took a picture of the tripometer with my phone to capture the occasion (also because I rolled into the gas station with the remaining range reading “0” miles*). That was a little under 26 mpg.
The last three fill-ups, I’ve kept it over 29 mpg, flirting with 30 mpg. I now roll past 400 miles and the Range reports 70 more miles. Unfortunately, the estimates are a bit aggressive, but it was really cool to hit 450 miles the other day.
The extra five or six miles per gallon is 20-25% improvement, resulting in $650 in savings per year on my 20,000 miles of commute. I’m sorry, I just will not drive a Prius — this is me doing my part.
The secret? Hypermiling.
* yes, I’ve gone past zero/0… it reads “—“