1996 Lexus ES 300: Fuel Economy Stats
August 22, 2012
We've been keeping two fuel logs on our long term 1996 Lexus ES 300 -- the normal logbook we use on every long term car and a record on Fuelly.com. It has been about three months since we last reported on the figures. Since then, the car has gone across the country, served as an airport shuttle and taken a weekend trip to the local mountains.
The miles have been adding up and we're well ahead of schedule. We had set out to drive the car for 15,000 miles during a year of ownership, but at this rate, we just might reach 20,000. All the highway driving has helped raise our average mpg from 23.2 to 26.1, a 12.5 percent increase.
According to the EPA, the 1996 Lexus ES300 has an estimated fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway, and a combined 21 mpg. Our current average does match up well with the highway number. In July, the Lexus had the sixth best fuel economy in the long term fleet, beating out the Toyota Camry and the Subaru Impreza. Not too bad for a car of this vintage.
Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 147,577 miles