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I drive 34 miles a day round trip into work of which 12 miles of this route is city driving. I do your typical (driving) groceries, hockey game, pistol range, church, and Dunkin Donuts on the weekend. I have never had to put more than 7 gallons of gas a week in my car with this driving pattern. You won't get any complaints from me! I laugh at all my buddies driving their larger cars and trucks to our hockey games and complaining about putting $60.00 a week of gas in their vehicles

Hey - This is a stylish car with a lot of cool features for its class. Heck most Nissan owners don't even have bluetooth capability. It rides a lot nicer than almost every car in its class. I'm not saying it's perfect - a lot of my earlier posts were in fact negative. But the more I drive this car (6.7K Miles) the more I like it.

If I had to do it over I would by the SX version without ISG, but I would still buy the Rio5 over any other car in its class...


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If I had to do it over I would by the SX version without ISG, but I would still by the Rio5 over any other car in its class...
same, despite the fact my Rio DOES have very intermittent fuel consumption issues, i aim to buy another one later in the year to supplement the one we have now. Can't beat it at all for the price.


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I can't complain about the fuel economy. With having almost 14k miles on the car the mpg is still improving and right now I get better mileage that in early summer and by now I'm getting used to drive like a granny.

One thing I noticed is that more that the cold temperatures it's the wind that can have a heavy impact on the Rio's fuel economy.
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One thing I noticed is that more that the cold temperatures it's the wind that can have a heavy impact on the Rio's fuel economy.
Agreed - This happens to every car on the road, especially the KIA Soul and similar vehicles with their boxy shapes. My 2010 Soul would lose at least 3 MPG heading into a stiff wind on The NYS Thruway. Cold weather makes for a fast snowmobile, but crummy gas mileage


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and very difficult to believe to be honest
36 mpg IMPERIAL is what i meant... (about 29 mpg US)..... sorry about that gents. The car is rated 40 mpg imperial city and 50 mpg imperial highway (pre changes) here in Canada. I am getting about 7.6 to 7.9 l/100km on average with my 90 percent city use.

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oh right, sorry even though i'm in australia i get used to hearing the US mpg readings

that figure is right on the money.


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36 mpg IMPERIAL is what i meant... (about 29 mpg US)..... sorry about that gents. The car is rated 40 mpg imperial city and 50 mpg imperial highway (pre changes) here in Canada. I am getting about 7.6 to 7.9 l/100km on average with my 90 percent city use.
Yeah I don't know why dealers quote IMP MPG in Canada. We haven't bought our gas in Imperial gallons in Canada in 30 years. And yet they never make it clear that they are using Imperial gallons in their ads. Very deceptive.

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In the last tank I just went through I drove it ad hard as I could and I did not see any decrease in mileage for the tank. 24mpg on city highway mix. Not great not horrible but better than some cars driving it as hard as I just did that tank. It was pretty fun too. Eco off and gunning it every time can be somewhat exhilerating in this car. I'm starting to like that aspect. Maybe I just need to find the cars sweetspot For mileage. Time will tell. I have also noted the colder it is, i live in northern illinois, the worse the mileage. So far on my current tank filled today driven 75 miles shows me at around 30mpg and its super warm for time of year today. So probably 27 28 real life. Hopefully it keeps up! Who knows this little car throws me for a loop every time. Maybe cold starts, I was broke and put conventional oil in it. Synthetic from now on doing it myself noticing oil changes are a breeze! No need to jack the car up its all accessible. I just noticed that yesterday after paying to have it done.
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Get a constant average of 36 in my 13 Rio5 Ex
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My daily commute is close to what ELI 10 does...34.8 miles a day, to be exact...and in the Hill Country. I do about 3/4 tank a week, with about 25% in-town driving,the rest highway with intermittent stop lights. The best total mileage on one tank was 399 miles.

I find it very hard to believe some of the fuel efficiency problems I'm reading here. I've put almost 32,000 miles on this thing since 10/28/2011, and have been from one coast to the other, all interstate, and am impressed with how it drives and how efficient it's been. Granted, I get crappy mileage when I put my foot through the floor; I get 35mpg at 80, 40mpg at 70 on the interstate; I couldn't be more pleased with the car. And mine was probably one of the first 2011s here.

I don't know. Maybe mine is the exception. Maybe some folks actually got crappy cars. Or maybe we're not getting the whole story.
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