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  • #1954
    Skippy
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    A little survey…not what the book/website says, what you actually see on the road…

    My car:

    2001 Hyundai Accent Hatchback with roofrack

    Highway – 525 km for about 30 L = 17.5 km/L as long as I stick to less than 110 km/hr, only me and the boat is inside the car

    City with traffic 350 km for about 30 L = 12 km/L

    #19018
    Grant
    Participant

    ANy way to break that down for us americans?

    2001 vw beetle tdi with 1 boat 37 mpg city, 42 mpg highway before she broke (it’d be tough to get a folding kayak inside it)

    2007 scion xB with 3 boats and paddles on roof 21 mpg city highway doing up to 80 mph, 30city 33highway with boat inside

    2005 Ford Explorer XLT v6 18 mpg with 3 boats on roof highway 16mpg city, 19 mpg highway 16 city with boats inside.

    I miss my beetle, I need to get her fixed :cry:

    #19019
    Matt R
    Participant

    [quote:1f84dlyj]ANy way to break that down for us americans?[/quote:1f84dlyj]

    1 km/L = 2.35214 mile/Gal (US)

    1997 Ford Explorer v6: ~18 mpg with boats on roof highway, 15 or 16 mpg city… stupid SUVs and their bad milage….

    #19020
    yuro
    Participant

    2004 mazda 3 hatchback – 2.3 L engine

    last weekend went from toronto to river run with 2 people and 2 kayaks, was averaging 9L/100 km (took me 3/4 of a tank to get there ), but i was doing 110 on 401 and 90 on 41

    when i go faster or have more boats on the roof i get 9.5 – 10.5 L /100 km…. not bad if you ask me…

    in the city i usually get around 10L/100 km, sometimes i see 11-12, but it’s usually in winter time with a lot of idling to warm up the car or when i speed a lot..

    #19021
    Grant
    Participant

    [quote:o478jz0d]1997 Ford Explorer v6: ~18 mpg with boats on roof highway, 15 or 16 mpg city… stupid SUVs and their bad milage[/quote:o478jz0d]

    Wife immigrated to US from canada and needed the cheapest lease possible ASAP, hence explorer on ford A plan. Wife loves it, as she got hit and no injury afterwords (unlike her saturn, vw, horizon, neon, etc….)

    Check the diesel beetle stats, we both love the car until my problems with VW. I’d love to hear from anybody hauling a 22’3″ kayak doing 90 mph through pennsylvania mountains getting better than 42 mpg. (bio diesel rules, why can’t we get what the rest of the world gets)

    Thanks Matt R for dumming it done for this american :wink:

    #19022
    DoneSwimmin
    Participant

    Hi

    98 Toyota Paseo
    45 mpg w/o roof rack
    42 w/ boat

    $25.00 bucks from home to the put-in on the Ottawa and back

    pete

    #19023
    bryce
    Participant

    2006 Honda Element

    Approx 550 on a tank of gas (60 litres)

    Approx 9-10 L/100 km

    Approx 22-26 MPG

    Still breaking her in.

    #19024
    Grant
    Participant

    [quote:1gj3493c]Bryce wrote:
    2006 Honda Element

    Approx 550 on a tank of gas (60 litres)

    Approx 9-10 L/100 km

    Approx 22-26 MPG

    Still breaking her in.[/quote:1gj3493c]

    Is that with boats on top? The wife wants one, gotta ditch the Explorer soon. I was looking at a Dodge Sprinter 21mpg city/27mpg highway from a diesel, but wife will not drive one.

    #19025
    bryce
    Participant
    "Grant":tou7z1e2 wrote:
    [quote:tou7z1e2]Bryce wrote:
    2006 Honda Element

    Approx 550 on a tank of gas (60 litres)

    Approx 9-10 L/100 km

    Approx 22-26 MPG

    Still breaking her in.[/quote:tou7z1e2]

    Is that with boats on top? The wife wants one, gotta ditch the Explorer soon. I was looking at a Dodge Sprinter 21mpg city/27mpg highway from a diesel, but wife will not drive one.[/quote:tou7z1e2]

    No. I haven’t had a boat on top yet. I just put the seats up and throw them in the back. I’m usually only travelling with one other person so I havn’t had to put anything on top yet.

    B

    #19026
    bryce
    Participant
    "Grant":53x4nu2v wrote:
    The wife wants one, gotta ditch the Explorer soon. I was looking at a Dodge Sprinter 21mpg city/27mpg highway from a diesel, but wife will not drive one.[/quote:53x4nu2v]

    I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone (that doesn’t need more than a 4 seater). Not just for paddling but for everything.

    It’s fun to drive, I can fit almost anything in it, the seats fold every which way. When my lease is up I will definitely be getting another one or buying this one.

    #19027
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant

    2006 Hyundai Tucson 4-cyl
    Averaged 25mpg driving from Ottawa to the Potomac and to West Virginia.
    2 boats on roof,
    back seat flipped down
    packed to the brim, camping gear, paddling gear, groceries, dog crate, dog bed, dog food, black lab and a stinky boyfriend

    #19028
    robertz
    Participant

    got 2 dependingt on where we are going:

    Day trips: 2002 VW Golf TDI. with a huge modified roof rack: 4 boats on the roof at 120 km/hr gets 800 to a tank ( 48 dollars). With 2 boats in the cars when it is just me and my kid, then it’s 1000 to a tank at 120 km/hr.

    More than one day then wwe take the RV. 21 foot toyota camper. All the necessary luxuries (really like the beer that is cold and the coffee that is hot), as many boats as we can fit. Mileage: dn’t want to talk about it….
    350 km to a tank (55 dollars) at 90 km/hr…..

    But at least it is warm and comfortable.

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    #19029
    Jon
    Participant

    Had a 92 Integra hatchback
    supposed to get 42 mpg highway
    40 – 44 mpg empty
    35 – 38 mpg with one or two OCs

    Have a 98 Accord sedan (v6)
    supposed to get 36 on the highway (NEVER!)
    ~ 30 mpg empty
    ~ 28 mpg with boats (2 solo or 1 tandem OC)

    #19030
    kaNUK
    Participant

    Just picked up a new vehicle. Needed something family sized without going the SUV / van route. The ideal ride would have been a Passat TDI wagon. However they don’t make them for Canadian consumption at the moment :evil: (something about new emissions regulation forcing VW to redesign their diesels)

    After much shopping, including models from Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi we went for the 2.0T gas engine. Claimed milage is 6.7L/100km Highway and 10.0L/100km City. After putting a mere 2000 km on the car I’d say those are slightly optimistic (by about 1 or 2L/100km). Curbing my leadfoot and few more km to break the engine in will probably account for the difference. The roofrack and box don’t seem to decrease mileage by more then about 0.5L/100km at highway speeds.

    Pros: Tons of room, 70L tank, very comfy and QUICK with decent gas mileage
    Cons: Price (gulp) and electronic everything, including parking steering and brake. Premium fuel is “recommended” <img loading=” title=”Sad” />

    Cheers
    Christian

    PS – Last vehicle was a Mazda Protege5 which got slightly worse mileage, especially with a loaded roofrack.

    #19031
    Renaud
    Participant

    Did a road trip to northern manitoba with a bio diesel Passat. We did about 1750km and it cost us 65$ with 2 boats on the roof and driving at 120 most of the way. Wouldn’t of cost us anything but used canola oil isn’t the easiest thing to find up there. The system was awesome. Definitaly worth looking into.
    Renaud

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