Finally, I’m starting to get closer to my goal of 25 mpg in the Charger. On my last tank of gas I made it 381.8 miles, which took 16.07 gallons to refill. That comes out to be 23.76 mpg! Now that’s much better than the 17.5 mpg I used to get while commuting back and forth to work. That’s about a 35% increase in mileage – not too bad.
The biggest differences I made this time was to be more conscious of when I could coast, and I left the car in neutral at lights. Also, I only needed to accelerate hard twice – both while getting on the freeway with a short on-ramp. I only used the freeway about 1/3 of the time so most of this was on surface streets. I actually feel that I can get better results by using surface streets rather than the freeway since I have more opportunities to coast, and since the freeways in Los Angeles are usually stop and go anyway.
This weekend my wife and I are driving to Las Vegas in the Charger – we’ll see just how well we do with all of that freeway driving.