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Old November 19th, 2011, 10:03   #27
Cogen Man
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Fuel Economy: Better than the Toyota FJCruiser

Originally Posted by manual_tranny View Post
Keep in mind that actually putting the pedal to the floor is not the best way to get good efficiency. For many of us, that would mean spinning our tires... not the most efficient way to drive.

50%-80% throttle will get most of us into the efficient range we're looking for without wasting fuel lighting up our tires.
Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI View Post
Exactly. 50-80% should be sufficient to get you up to speed quickly without blowing smoke, spinning tires, or generally being obnoxious. The point is, don't be afraid to load the engine up and use a good amount of turbo boost. The quicker you get up to speed, the quicker you can start coasting and using P&G techniques.
Originally Posted by TDIMeister View Post
For those who do not know or doubt how this is possible, understand that accelerating swiftly to the desired steady-state speed and posted limits does not mean driving the car in general aggressively like you stole it. On the direct contrary, you get to speed while upshifting as early as reasonably possible and looking well ahead and planning your moves, getting off the go-pedal well before stops and keeping forward momentum up where possible. I've heard a useful analogy just for illustrative purposes and it goes something like, "it's not the use of the accelerator pedal that wastes energy, but the use of the brakes."
Yes, this is what I believe the OP means. Also think this should be a sticky.
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