I Know! There are already plenty of threads on CT mileage results, but this one is a little different.
I've had my CT for just over 6 months and my day to day mileage results have been, to say the least, fairly unimpressive at 36-38 mpg. I am doing a little better now, closer to 38 than 36, but nothing to indicate that I was EVER going to see really impressive numbers! I've posted many times about the probable causes of my results; along with a few others, we just don't see those low 40's to (gasp!) mid 50's numbers that many others report as commonplace.
Well, I just took a day trip on Tuesday from LA to San Diego to see the Giants play the Padres. This is not something that I normally do and I thought that just maybe, I'd see different results. Boy, did I!!
I left at 3:37 pm for a 7:05 pm game. I needed to get some gas, so my first major delay. Costco gas was packed! It must have taken 20 minutes to get to the pump. No matter, still plenty of "pad" time. On clear freeway, it takes about 2 hours to get there. I got back on the freeway at about 4:20 pm. This is where it gets good! I ended up in heavy "slow and go" traffic almost immediately. I'd gradually get up to between 30 and 40 mph, very seldom more, and have to slow way down again almost immediately. I rarely came to a complete stop! The result was sustained EV mode! I did this for the next hour and 40 minutes. Very seldom did the gas engine kick in! It was just about 6:00 pm and I'm only halfway there; pad time was pretty much gone! My mpg average, however, was 56.7!!!
Once things opened up, the average slowly declined. I got to the parking garage at game time with a 50.5 mpg average! (I missed the top of the 1st!)
The trip back was a completely clear run! I set the cruise control to 70 mph and settled in. I watched the average bounce up and down slightly, but overall it very slowly declined for the whole trip. When I arrived home, the final result was a 46.1 mpg average.
If I hadn't used the cruise control going home, I might have done a bit better. It's obvious that cruise doesn't function ANY differently than in a regular car. If it has to go into "power" range to maintain speed, that's what it does! It would be nice if there was an "eco cruise" mode that weighed speed against fuel economy and allowed for some reduction in speed in order to stay out of the power range! Still, much better than my "normal" results. Given the opportunity, my CT performs just as well as ANY other!
My day to day results are not going to change (much), but I now know that my normal results are simply what they are. I'm doing as well as I can under the circumstances!
MattRN, if you're reading this, I might have seen you on the 405 south at about 3:50 pm (near the El Segundo Blvd. exit). I never caught up before I exited at Rosecrans for Costco gas, so I couldn't confirm that it was you (or if it was even another CT, actually), but it was white. If it wasn't a CT/you, then I didn't see another CT during the trip!