A few months ago one of our clients had contacted us stating "you'll never believe this but I'm getting in the low 50's for mpg on the highway."
I didn't think much of it. Must be be luck I guess.
A few days later another client in an e-mail group had contacted me saying he was also getting in the low 50's for miles per gallon for fuel economy.
And then one of my own clients on a recent road trip told me had gotten about 51 plus miles per gallon on the highway.
Early adopter buzz I thought.
But I couldn't leave it alone. It was all a very curious. Besides, I couldn't recall anyone telling me they had gotten 50 or more miles per gallon on a car ... ever.
How were these people getting over 50 miles per gallon for fuel economy?
It was a mystery to me.
Had they overinflated their tires? Nope.
Did they put additives to improve the fuel economy. Nope.
What was it?
Puzzled, I decided to investigate further and discover what the real secret was.
And on a warm and sunny Wednesday afternoon I decided to find out once and for all.
I walked over to my own FIAT 500 and thought to simply perform a baseline test. It was hard to imagine
over 50 mpg for average highway fuel economy.
I had to go to a business meeting downtown and decided to check out my mpg on the highway on my way down there.
I hopped into my white FIAT 500 Sport, started up, put it in gear and right before I entered onto the highway I would reset my trip settings.
After sometime driving on the highway I decided "I'll have to check up on those trip settings."
Once on the highway I sailed along smoothly and a while into driving I decided to just to simply check my mpg stats.
I looked down at my display and checked the trip settings.
What I saw blew my mind.
At first I thought I had to see the eye doctor again. Was that 23.4? 28.4? I blinked my eyes a couple of times, squinted and cautiously leaned a little closer.
I couldn't believe my eyes.
53.4 Miles Per Gallon!
I couldn't believe it. Startled, surprised, and in sheer awe ... I quickly hunted down my iPhone
and snapped this picture.
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Tony Goicochea - FIAT Specialist
Criswell FIAT of Gaithersburg