Originally Posted by Cruiter
Cliff, good that you saw the (h) really works but trying to make what a short run like you had turn into reality that will stay on your 'average' screen requires more than short runs. It's good driving and long term averages. Look at my recent post in the MPG thread up in the stickies and see what the last 3 years have registered on the computer. It's been awhile since I cleared it so a good average is showing.
That said, my driving conditions for good mpg's are probably better than what you can experience in NYC. I'm usually able to make trips in excess of 5 miles. And when the light turns green I don't try to hyper-mile but neither do I start fast. And when coming to a red light I will do a lot of coasting to it. It's a process
It was just really wierd to see the numbers fall that fast. The decimal point makes it seem longer than it was.
NYC is a different animal altogether. In any of the five boroughs you're stopping at every corner or every other corner at minimum. The guide here is 20 blocks for every mile of driving. Add in stop lights, horrible potholes 8 million people driving or walking, tourists, etc. Hopefully that gives an idea of what driving here is like.
I miss GA and NC roads but I save those states for my 8 cyl and the GS deserves to be on those smooth roads (Hwy 19 outside of Atl in particular).
I didn't get the (h) to max out the miles though. Just needed some extra space and it was the best option within Lexus for me. It more than doubles what I get with the GS so I'm keeping things in perspective. The fact that it has the same hp as what the GS started out with is an added bonus.
Was great to finally get close to those numbers you guys routinely post. I appreciate the small victories.