Tracking our Fuel Economy - 1996 Lexus ES 300 Long-Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: Tracking our Fuel Economy

May 17, 2012

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We mentioned that we would keep track of fuel economy and costs in our introduction of the Lexus ES300. The Edmunds testing team typically has a spreadsheet to make these calculations, but it does not keep track of fuel costs. We're big fans of a Web site called, which is where we created an account for our Lexus.

This site keeps track of your fuel economy data, and presents it in a number of tables and charts. You can compare your data to vehicles like yours, and even look at what fuel economy other cars are getting. Fuelly also makes it easy to share your data via Facebook, Twitter or even as a forum signature. If you are away from the computer, you can use the mobile site to update your stats.

As you can see our Lexus is averaging about 23 mpg and costs about $0.19 cents per mile to operate. The best mpg is held by yours truly. We're paying an average of $4.35 per gallon.

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. These numbers are the EPA's revised versions, not the original numbers that appeared on the window sticker.

One final note: Take our "City vs Highway" pie chart with a grain of salt. This is just a slider that you select when you are inputting your data. If you do nothing, it defaults to a 50/50 split.

Follow this link to view the stats on our Lexus.

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 138,770


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