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I can confirm that by just changing my winter tires back to summer tires, gas consumption got down by 10-12%. This is from yesterday to today, similar wather, nothing special.
I got back to 4.8 to 5l/100km.
One year has gone by since a purchased the CT, and I'm still more than happy.
 

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I can confirm that by just changing my winter tires back to summer tires, gas consumption got down by 10-12%. This is from yesterday to today, similar wather, nothing special.
I got back to 4.8 to 5l/100km.
One year has gone by since a purchased the CT, and I'm still more than happy.
What average mileage did you get over winter?
 

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I went from below 5 last summer to over 6 in december-january-february. It was a little better in march as temperature was cool. but as soon as I put my regular tires on, I got back below 5 the next day. Friction must be the reason here.
 

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Over the winter, I was averaging about 6.7L/100 Km (with a lot of short-range driving). After I changed to my summers yesterday, I brought the average down to 5.4!

BTW, I have never EVER, brought my average below 5L/100 KM for a full tank. It has been there but with a lot of Pulse&Glide, but I am not a big fan of that.
 

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6.7 seems super high to me... i was at 5.5 overall after 3500km since February... just threw my stock tires on today. if it goes down further i'll be laughing.
 

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It's all in the temp - when it was -20C I was getting 6.9 and even 7.0 for a tank. Thankfully we are having a freakish year (it is +23C right now) and every time I drive it is getting better. I am sure I will get below 5 by the time I get home tonight.
 

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6.7 seems super high to me... i was at 5.5 overall after 3500km since February... just threw my stock tires on today. if it goes down further i'll be laughing.
Well, I work out of the house, so my wife drives the car 90% of the time. I get it for the weekends and evenings if we go out. She is not a "smooth" driver. She will drive the car like a conventional gas engined vehicle - no coasting at all. Also, she uses it mainly for groceries, gym and church functions - so a lot of local driving. Not much chance to let the engine warm up on the highway.

Another thing may be that for my winter tires, I went with 16" Pirelli Winter Carving tires instead of the 17"s that I drive with in the summer. Different circumfrence? More resistance tires?

For those of you who do manage to get around or under 5 L/100 KM, do you use any special techniques such as Pulse&Glide? Do you try hard to attain that mileage or do you just do normal driving techniques? Is your average based on the dashboard gauge or do you base it on calculations of KMs driven and gas consumed? I'd really like to get the numbers that all of you are getting (although I think that my problem is all the short trips).

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She is not a "smooth" driver. She will drive the car like a conventional gas engined vehicle - no coasting at all.
Coasting (as in: not standing on the throttle pedal when it's not necessary) is not just a Hybrid thing - it'll help attain high mileage in any car, even pure electrics.

Another thing may be that for my winter tires, I went with 16" Pirelli Winter Carving tires instead of the 17"s that I drive with in the summer. Different circumfrence? More resistance tires?
16" or 17" is the rim diameter, not the outer diameter of the tyre. That will stay largely the same, whatever size rims you have.

For those of you who do manage to get around or under 5 L/100 KM, do you use any special techniques such as Pulse&Glide? Do you try hard to attain that mileage or do you just do normal driving techniques? Is your average based on the dashboard gauge or do you base it on calculations of KMs driven and gas consumed? I'd really like to get the numbers that all of you are getting (although I think that my problem is all the short trips).
I get my 4.3km/l by not using the throttle pedal as a switch and braking as little as possible. That means going round most corners at the limit. The key to economic driving is keeping momentum, conserving kinetic energy. I use cruise control 95% of the time and have an extra .5 Bar of pressure in my tyres. That's pretty much it.
 

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even after a couple days my avg from the computer is lower... 4.8 at the moment.

i've im going under 60kmh, i'm going to try to coax the engine to go electric as much as i can... that means giving the pedal enough pressure to stay at a speed without pushing the engine into accelerating for you. there is a stretch before my house i can glide 50-60kmh exclusively on electric for almost a km.

i have habits i learned since driving school... goal is to not come to a complete stop unless you have to... red light up ahead? slow down and glide to the stop with the goal being to never actually stop before the car ahead begins to move forward. it's hard to ever do perfectly, but the technique helps.
 

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I know that the 16" and 17" refers to the rim size but the difference in the sidewall (albeit minimal) would affect the true odometer/speedometer readings. I know that on TIRERACK.COM, there is a comparison chart that shows you the tire/rim combos and the difference in travel. I don't know which is "truer". Is the ODO/SPEEDO on the CT200h set for the 17s or the 16s?

As for driving techniques, I am somewhat impatient when I get behind a car that I believe is slowing down traffic, so I don't want to be "that" guy! I try the P&G technique when I can but am constantly looking in the rear-view mirror to see if there are any cars creeping up on me. I end up worrying more about that and the gas-consumption gauge instead of enjoying the car!
 

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As for driving techniques, I am somewhat impatient when I get behind a car that I believe is slowing down traffic, so I don't want to be "that" guy! I try the P&G technique when I can but am constantly looking in the rear-view mirror to see if there are any cars creeping up on me. I end up worrying more about that and the gas-consumption gauge instead of enjoying the car!
P&G is extreme hypermiling. I wouldn't recommend that in regular traffic. But there's much to be gained in not racing towards red traffic lights and stomping on the brakes at the last moment, or braking heavily for corners, creeping around and accelerating heavily afterwards. Staying off the highway helps, too.
 
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