After 5 months and 4000 miles, I was averaging around 36 for several fill ups, but the last two fill ups I've only averaged 32-33. I wonder if it has anything to do with the "winter blend"?
And I named mine Sparky too! LOL
Sounds right to me. Come on April!!!Just might be that "winter blend". I think the rest test on the max amount of MPG's you can get will come in spring as it does have perfect conditions for an engine. Not too hot, not too cold, just enough cool air for an engine to be happy.
I can attest to this, happens to my car in the winter.Just might be that "winter blend". I think the rest test on the max amount of MPG's you can get will come in spring as it does have perfect conditions for an engine. Not too hot, not too cold, just enough cool air for an engine to be happy.
GM says to only change the oil when the car tells you to, not every 3000 miles like what used to be the standard. In fact, you could void your warranty if you change it before the car tells you to.Once I get my car I plan on doing a couple of things which have added to MPG's on my other car. I will post once I can. But I hope u guys know pulling as much of the factory air box out and replacing it with a straight pipe to a high flow air filter, will not only add to the MPG, but performance too. Also over the "life" of the car if you use medium grade, you will see overall better MPG. The lower the gas grade the higher the likelyhood of that gas leaving deposits in the intake manifold which will rob MPG's. I plan on using medium for all my city driving, and 87 grade only if driving for long highway trips. With a fuel injection cleaner used at every oil change. Also the rigth oil will help with MPG's. I recommend full synthetic 5W-20. Get the 5quart value pack at Walmart, and change the filter too. If you plan on keeping the car for 100,000 miles+. It will be worth it. A little extra money every 3,000 miles will save you money at every 300 miles, for that full up.
I plan on seeing 35 heavy cityMPG/ and 42+ highwayMPG. The real test will be in Nov when I drive to Tenn, from NYC and back. A 1,200 mile trip I do every year. My other car rated at 27 highway gets 31.5 MPG.
Thanks for providing this info I thought for a second there that something was wrong with our Spark because we were no where near 41 mpgs. But it make sense because we are city dwellers anyways so we do go through some fuel during rush hour.Here are some numbers published on a website that did a long term test on a 2013 Spark...
Litres Consumed ($1.352/litre)56.988
Gallons Consumed ($5.118/gallon)15.055
Overall L/100 Kilometers 6.08
Overall Miles Per Gallon38.7
Cost Per Kilometer$0.08
Cost Per Mile$0.13
EPA MPG Combined32
EPA MPG City28
EPA MPG Highway37
EPA MPG Combined
Converted To L/100km7.4
EPA MPG City
Converted To L/100km8.4
EPA MPG Highway
Converted To L/100km6.4
That sounds about right with what I am experiencing. I feel like they should make 5th gear longer to make driving at 65mph better for fuel. 50mph is too slow on the freeway.I live a few miles outside of town and most of my driving is 35 to 55 mph. In five tank fulls I've averaged 40.5 mpg.
There are a few things I have noticed about the Sparks fuel consumption. Heavy city traffic will lower mileage to about 34 mpg. At a steady 50 mph in 5th gear you can reach 45 mpg, that's about the most efficient you can get.
At speeds above 60 mph the gas mileage will start dropping pretty quickly for every 5 mph increase in speed.