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Old 11-12-2000, 01:29 AM   #1
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Post New Impreza's fuel economy

I don't know if this has been brought up...

Many of us now are pretty excited about the new turbo engine, but I just realized that it's fuel consumption is way worse than our current 2.5L engine.

In the October issue of the Autocar they tested the new Impreza WRX (euro spec with 215 hp), the fuel consumption turned out to be 18.7mpg on average. 24.0 best, 13.4 worse.
And this is about the same as their previous Impreza Turbo.
I think our 2.5L engine is about 21/28 mpg (city/hwy).

Now this is quite a concern since the fuel price is so high....
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Old 11-12-2000, 06:51 AM   #2
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More boost = more gas consumed

20mpg is on par.

In no way unless it's on highway under no/low boost that you'll see 24-25mpg.

Yes, if you have a lead foot, be prepared for 18-19. And chances are, it's gotta run premium too.

Ya wanna play, ya gotta pay.

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Old 11-12-2000, 05:45 PM   #3
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Keep in mind that lots of auto magazine journalists drive the cars hard for lots of their tests though. I wouldn't be too surprised if that 24 mpg highway is a lowball figure. A 2600 lb car running off boost should be able to do a little better than that.

Edit: hmm, I was wrong, the weight is probably closer to 2900 lbs, as was pointed out by Eby below.

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Old 11-12-2000, 05:55 PM   #4
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I would hope that car can do a little better like the previous poster said. My wife's 2.3L 9-5 wagon can only muster 30mpg max on a sissy foot with a stick. And that thing is ~3700lbs!
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Old 11-12-2000, 06:05 PM   #5
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Well, the Impreza is about 2975lbs not 2600, and its turbocharged(I assume your wagon isn't). Turbocharging forces more air into the engine than normal, and thus more fuel is required. That makes fuel economy suffer. Around 20mpg won't suprise me, and yes it will probably be recomended that you use premium.
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Old 11-12-2000, 06:08 PM   #6
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Old 11-12-2000, 06:22 PM   #7
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It will only matter if you drive the new WRX on-boost a lot.

Screw the milage, gas is cheap.

Oh glorious boost - come to pappa!
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