Fuel Economy Update for February - 1996 Lexus ES 300 Long-Term Road Test

1996 Lexus ES 300 Long Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 4, 2013

1996 Lexus ES 300

Our long-term 1996 Lexus ES 300 only went through a tank and a half of gas (417 miles) in February. Those two fill-ups averaged about 18.6 mpg, which is a bit lower than our lifetime average of 24.8 mpg. Still, our lifetime average is well above the revised EPA combined rating of 21 mpg.

This is partly due to the check engine light coming back on (It's fixed now, more on that in a later post) and partly due to some lead-footed editors.

Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 153,676 miles

Worst Fill MPG: 16.5
Best Fill MPG: 33.4
Average Lifetime MPG: 24.8
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway Combined): 21
Best Range: 433.5 miles
Current Odometer: 153,676 miles


  • zhangrenhou zhangrenhou Posts:

    My 1997 ES doesn't get anywhere near its EPA numbers. But I always drive with the air conditioning on, too.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    This car went on a coast-to-coast-to-coast trip that took over 7k miles of the 18k they put on it so far. Its real average is probably around 22.

  • texases texases Posts:

    My '96 gets 20 city, 27 highway, right in line with EPA #s. In Dallas, LOTS of a/c.

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