As a follow-on to this post and this post, I took the Fit Sport on my first road trip this weekend, visiting in-laws in east Texas. Not a very long trip, but at least I was able to push the speedometer up to 70 for a while. About 90% local freeway and interstate driving; the rest was city. Driving conditions were ideal; flat roads and no wind. It was cool enough in the morning that I only ran the A/C intermittently on the outbound leg of the trip.
Mileage for the entire trip was 39.45. On the freeway, I kept the cruise control at the posted speed limit (which varied from 60-70). As a rough guess, I suspect the average highway speed was about 64mph, so this is not indicative of what would be achieved on a longer trip where average speeds were 70+. Still, I was very impressed with the result. In similar conditions, my Escape Hybrid achieved 30.5 mpg, although that would quickly drop above 70 mph and any type of head or cross-wind.
As a follow-on to this post, I’m now filling up every half tank. My two previous half-tank results have been 35.2 mpg and 35.4 mpg. A bit more local freeway driving on these two, so I’m getting the benefit of the highway mileage. I should point out again that I’m a very conservative driver and focus on economy when getting from point A to point B, not time. So, my results are probably at the high end of expectations.
In terms of total cost of ownership and general driving enjoyment, this has been one of the best vehicles I’ve owned to date.
I purchased a Honda Fit Sport recently (manual transmission), an interesting move from my Escape Hybrid. I really liked the Hybrid around town, but it was an expensive vehicle and the majority of my current driving is on the highway. On the highway, the Escape is just like any other SUV in terms of wind resistance, etc.
My monthly payments went down $100 after purchasing the Fit Sport, even after loading up on accessories and putting $0 down. It’s enjoyable to drive as long as you are not in a hurry. Even a Prius will beat you off the line and this car requires a bit of room to merge onto the freeway.
The biggest enjoyment so far is the fuel economy; 34.5 mpg off my first tank. About 60% of my ‘in town’ driving is stoplight-to-stoplight and the remainder is on local freeways (speeds not exceeding 60mph). I’m a pretty conservative driver. I don’t do hypermiling, but when traffic conditions allow, I take my time getting from point A to point B with a focus on economy. So, my results are probably at the high end of expectations. In similar driving conditions, the Escape Hybrid was consistently getting 32.4 mpg.
I have the orange color, but not the same wheels. Can’t wait to take it on a road trip.