2012 Toyota Camry SE: Thoughts On Fuel Economy
April 23, 2012
Got a couple random thoughts on our Camry's fuel economy for Earth Day. For starters, our Camry is not doing very well in matching its combined EPA number. In the last Fuel Economy update, it was at a 24.1 mpg average, compared to the EPA's 28 mpg. No other actively blogged about car in our fleet is further off its target right now. Other than it hasn't been used for any really long trips yet to boost its average with more highway mileage, I'm at a loss to explain why.
I've been doing a lot of city driving recently, and at least the in-car gauge is pretty close to the EPA's 25 mpg city. Maybe I'll check to see if I can easily match EPA highway later this week.
I've come to like the fuel economy gauge in the instrument cluster. At first it seemed silly to me to dedicate space for a gauge like this when a trip computer can tell you the same thing. And why wouldn't it show you instant fuel economy, too? But having it there all the time has made me more aware of my average fuel economy and, sort of like with a hybrid, makes it more like a game to try and keep my average near a particular number (30's been my goal recently). And while it only shows average economy on our car, you can see instant fuel economy (plus past economy in one-minute increments) on the main display screen.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7,325 miles