With a road trip planned from Detroit to Washington D.C. and a 2011 CT 200h on loan from Lexus, we thought we might give fuel economy tracking a try. While we lack the sophisticated equipment of a government agency, we couldn't help but wonder how our real-world MPG numbers might stack up against the EPA's estimate. Here are the results:
VEHICLE 2011 Lexus CT 200h
POWERTRAIN 1.8L I-4 w/ electric motor (hybrid)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 11.9 gallons
EPA EST 43 City / 40 Hwy MPG
REAL WORLD RESULTS
DISTANCE TRAVELED 531.9 miles
FUEL CONSUMED 11.76 gallons
TOTAL FUEL COST $46.35 (premium)
AVG FUEL ECONOMY 45.23 MPG
We were impressed to find that the Lexus hybrid easily exceeded the EPA's fuel economy estimate. We didn't even have to adapt our driving style to achieve the high MPG mark--we simply kept pace on the turnpikes and made good use of the cruise control. Based upon our findings, its feasible to think that you could drive all the way from Detroit to D.C. in a CT 200h on a single tank of gas, if just barely. And, $46.35 is certainly cheaper than an airplane ticket from DTW to DCA (although the Lexus's $30K MSRP is nothing to sneeze at).
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[Photo Source: Capital building by Skibum415 and Detroit skyline by patrickgibson, Flickr]