2016 Toyota Corolla S Special Edition - Gas Mileage

#1
I recently purchased the new love of my life about 5 months ago with 22k miles on it. I am only getting 27.5 MPG on it though...

Is this normal? How can I maximize the MPG?
 

delrey

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#2
What type of driving are you doing? Mainly highway, city, or mixture of both? I get about 28mpg with a lot of short trips in a small town. On long trips I get mid 30's.
 
#3
I live about 5 minutes away from my job in Sacramento. Its mainly city driving which I understand will reduce MPG. Just trying to compare.

Also, have you received the JSD recall for your CVT? Do you know the difference between the J0D recall that was suspended and the JSD service campaign that was started not too long ago?
 

delrey

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#4
I just bought mine end of October. It was certified and according to Toyotas website, my car received the JSD. I never got to drive my car before it was done so I cannot compare how much better the cvt opporates. But in its current state, the cvt works just fine.
 
#5
City driving (especially stop and go with fast acceleration / deceleration), short trips, S bigger wheels... all contribute to less MPG
 
#7
How do bigger wheels do that?
All other things being equal (with Corolla, 15”, 16” and 17” having a same total diameter), bigger tires are heavier and wider, hence more friction thus inertia.

When I bought my 2014 LE Eco, the “Plus” option bigger wheels came with an official 1 mpg penalty (other fancier equipment like GPS and fog lights being non relevant to MPG).

C&D did a comparison, a few years ago, using a VW Golf with identical tires and wheels but of different sizes and results were in line with this scale of MPG loss between sizes.

Bigger means better road-handling but at the cost of MPG, comfort and even… acceleration, contrary to the image sometimes associate with them.
 
#9
Bigger means better road-handling but at the cost of MPG, comfort and even… acceleration, contrary to the image sometimes associate with them.
I've actually been pondering smaller wheels, as I understand that having more sidewall improves the ride. Does the extra sidewall also degrade the road-handling?
 
#10
I have a 2018 LE, it gets 29 - 32 mpg. I make a lot of short trips, as well as stop and go traffic. When I reset just before a long highway drive it's in the high 30sm or even low 40s for purely highway driving, IIRC - but that fades quickly as my normal driving catches up with me.
 
#11
I've actually been pondering smaller wheels, as I understand that having more sidewall improves the ride. Does the extra sidewall also degrade the road-handling?
Yes. Yet other factors come into consideration: tire thread purpose and quality, driving conditions most encountered (wider loses its advantages on wet, snowy, icy road), engineering of the car, personal preferences/priorities... Any car configuration, especially tires, is a compromise.
 
#13
Yes. Yet other factors come into consideration: tire thread purpose and quality, driving conditions most encountered (wider loses its advantages on wet, snowy, icy road), engineering of the car, personal preferences/priorities... Any car configuration, especially tires, is a compromise.
Yeah, I get into analysis-paralysis whenever I think of it.
 
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