2015 Acura TLX: Fuel Economy Update for October: Settling Into Real-World Numbers
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on November 3, 2015
After eight months in our long-term fleet, our 2015 Acura TLX fuel efficiency appears settled in, coming in just below the EPA-combined figure of 25 mpg. Take the jump for some month-to-month highlights of test so far.
March (570 mi): The introduction photo shoot stretched its legs in the local canyons but our Acura was otherwise relegated to city-heavy commuter life.
April (1,910 mi): Another commute-heavy month. A handful of our longer distance drivers kept the car on the highway more frequently than the prior month, raising its lifetime mpg as a result.
May (2,540 mi): We recorded our worst fill, 14.6 mpg, in May. But things got worse when a motorist sideswiped the TLX. It spent most of the month in the body shop.
June (2,540 mi): Still in the shop. The only driving focused on making sure the car was mechanically ready to return to service.
July (3,290 mi): A couple of longer business trips lifted our overall average and included a 750-mile round-tip to San Jose. This month we also established a best single-tank range of 470 miles.
August (5,260 mi): More road trips for the Acura in August. A weekend of cars in Monterey added the most miles in a single shot. Shorter weekend getaways brought the total for the month to 2,000 miles.
September (7,830 mi): We lost time when the TLX was damaged in May, so we volunteered it for any and all road trips to get caught up with our mileage goals. This month it spent time in Fresno, then Las Vegas.
October (10,580 mi): Now we are nearly on pace to reach our annual 20,000-mile goal for this test. We remain a few ticks shy of the EPA combined estimation but close enough to prove it realistic. Fuel economy data follows below.
Worst Fill MPG: 14.6
Best Fill MPG: 33.7
Average Lifetime MPG: 24.2
EPA MPG Rating: 25 Combined (21 City/31 Highway Combined)
Best Range: 470.7 miles
Current Odometer: 12,036 miles
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 12,036 miles