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Unread 09-01-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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Yes, I searched... MPG's at 75+mph?

I do a lot of hwy driving where the flow of traffic varies, but typically is 75+. I have read a few posts that say optimal hwy MPH is at 60-65... Not going to happen for me. I've also seen people claiming 28ish MPG at 75+. Totally acceptable.

I'm considering a used 2011-2013 2.4 FWD or FDI. I currently run a Xterra 4x4 and rarely use the 4X4. Mind you, I'm glad I have it, but would sacrifice the option for MPG.

Sorry to beat a dead horse, but if the MPG won't keep up with LA freeways, I'll put my Patriot fantasy to rest

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Unread 09-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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Unread 09-03-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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I didnt know Jeeps could go 75... This is news to me.



In all reality, its dependent upon your RPM I believe? I went about 65-70 mph at roughly 2700 - 3k rpm and got about 13 mpg. I went 55-65mph and 2500-2700 on the way down and got about 16mpg.
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Unread 09-03-2013, 08:21 PM   #4
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I do a lot of hwy driving where the flow of traffic varies, but typically is 75+. I have read a few posts that say optimal hwy MPH is at 60-65... Not going to happen for me. I've also seen people claiming 28ish MPG at 75+. Totally acceptable.

I'm considering a used 2011-2013 2.4 FWD or FDI. I currently run a Xterra 4x4 and rarely use the 4X4. Mind you, I'm glad I have it, but would sacrifice the option for MPG.

Sorry to beat a dead horse, but if the MPG won't keep up with LA freeways, I'll put my Patriot fantasy to rest

Thanks!
me and my wife have a green '12 Compass Sport 4x2 2.4L, on the highway we normally see 24mpg. and yes I drive 70+ idc what the speed limit is.

I was bummed out thinking that it would get 29mpg highway like it said on the dealer sticker. however it was only possible going 60mph behind a semi

overall it really doesnt matter about gas, its a great car, quiet, smooth, and fun to drive.

remember Jeeps arent good for gas, the best one would be the compass, Im hoping the new cherokee would beat that mpg limit soon.
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Unread 09-03-2013, 08:46 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! I've had a few Jeeps and no, not so "green". I just really miss my Jeep and have been eyeing the Patriot for awhile With the reported MPG's all over the place,
I think I'll see if I can rent one for a few days and see what I get.
Good to know about the Compass, and great pick on the green! I'm partial to the box, but the Compass will be something to consider. I'd rather give up the box and drive it the way I want

And yes, my old cherokees went like bats outta hell on road trips. My pocket definitely paid the price!
Thanks again guys!
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Unread 09-03-2013, 11:57 PM   #6
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I have a FDII, I get max 24mpg, average 20mpg, and if I blast at 75mph, I don't get over 22... The FDII has a lower final drive than a FDI or FWD, which makes it seem like I'm missing a "5th" or "top Gear", like having a 5 speed manual and not shifting from 4th to 5th. (cvt, i know has no gears, just giving an example of what it feels like)

If you get a FDI, or FWD, you will see much improved MPG's 26 for a 4x4 and 28ish for a fwd. But it is a big box, with out a lot of aerodynamics and a lot of air under it... so going over 65 does hurt mpg's a bit.

I personally would take the smaller mpg hit and get a 4x4, its worth it, but that's just me.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 04:11 AM   #7
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If I go 70-75MPH+ my MPG plummets to 25'ish. I have never driven 80MPH+ in this vehicle( wouldn't )but I am sure I would see MPG well down to 24MPG or even less if I did. If I use CC and keep it at 60MPH however I can easily beat the EPA highway rating for the vehicle and hit 28-30MPG and have broken 30MPG many times. Best to date has been 35.8MPG. That was optimum conditions but still achieved it.

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The most recent 30MPG+ result for me was just a month ago. 202.6 miles on 6.1 gallons of fuel = 33.2MPG. That was 95%+ all flat highway using CC set @ 60MPH.

I almost never go faster than 60MPH. The last time I went 70MPH+ I was racing to try and stay ahead of a snowstorm as I came back to NH from a trip to NY. Lots of hills and 70-75MPH netted me 25 MPG. The same trip( going down )when I could go my normal 60MPH netted me just under 29MPG.

If MPG matters to you slow down. Plain and simple. No one is forcing you to go 75MPH unless that is the posted speed limit. If you are going to drive that fast there is no vehicle out there that will get it's advertised MPG highway. Just too fast. Driving less aggressive helps a lot too( i.e. take it easy accelerating from a stop ). Check the tips on this page to help improve your MPG. Make special note of the one entitled Observe The Speed Limit.

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/driveHabits.shtml
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Unread 09-04-2013, 08:04 AM   #8
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I hate you guys and your mpg's.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 03:21 PM   #9
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I hate you guys and your mpg's.
My MPG started to nose dive approx around Nov 2012 according to my fuel log. About a month ago I changed the spark plugs, added a can of RP MaxClean fuel treatment, and did the PCM( ECU? whatever it is called in this vehicle )reset and my MPG came back to what it was in short order.

At 1st I thought it was mainly due to winter blend fuel and the cold temps but it got worse and worse even as spring/summer arrived with warm temps and summer fuel that should have made it go up. So I did the stuff above and now it is back where it belongs. That 33MPG came about a week after the stuff listed and was the 1st 30+ in a LONG time.

I am going from NH to VA next week and am hoping to average at least 28-30MPG down and back.
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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:23 AM   #10
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Remind me how to do the ECU reset.
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Unread 09-06-2013, 04:56 AM   #11
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Remind me how to do the ECU reset.
  • Insert key and turn to RUN but do not start
  • Wait for all dash lights to go out
  • Slowly and steadily press the gas pedal to floor( do it over a 15 second span )
  • Slowly and steadily ease off the gas pedal until it is all the way out( do it over a 15 second span )
  • Turn key OFF
  • Some say let car sit for an hour, some say 30 minutes, and others say just go once done. I let it sit 5 minutes and went.
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Unread 09-06-2013, 10:10 AM   #12
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How do you verify it worked?
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Unread 09-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #13
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For me the vehicle felt different when I drove it. Unfortunately there is no beep or flashing light that let's you know.
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Unread 09-06-2013, 04:55 PM   #14
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I went on a 370 mile trip.

Going there I got 32mpg, until I got to the mountains around NY. When I got home, my average was 31.2. I didnt go below 70 the entire trip. Most was at 72. Some closer to 80.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 02:45 PM   #15
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I've been 95 in my Patriot. It still had room to go. It all depends on how you shift and what size engine. I've got the 2.4 and a 5 speed manual. This of course was with no extra weight and no heavy mods.
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