Originally Posted by foghelmut
My commute changed from 40 miles of mostly highway to 6 miles of mostly suburban traffic. So my fuel economy has gone from about averaging 30 mpg to 25 mpg. I'm going to adjust my style to try to get as much out of it, but 25 mpg is more than the 16 mpg my last car was getting on a similar commute.
8 mile commute here. Around 3-4 miles suburban with minimal traffic lights, 35-45 speed limit. Another 2-3 miles of interstate, 55-65 speed limit, then 2 miles of downtown traffic, stop and go. Car barely gets warmed up before I'm parking it. Pretty inefficient, averaging 27-28 mpg, and it's not the speeds that does it, it's the short distance and the warmup.
Did a 25-30 mile run tonight, mix of suburban, village, and highway (55 mph) miles, and was solidly in the 32-34 mpg range, and I wasn't light on the gas. If I had really tried, would have been in the high 30's.
So I can understand what you're experiencing. Still reasonable in my book for the circumstances.