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mikeandbecka said:
I might have the worst numbers here: 12.5 avg

Im driving my kids to school and back, light foot on an '08 XR. Absolutly apauled about this. I just bought the car but already thinking about selling it only because of the MPG. Can anything be done?
What does your DIC say your average speed is?
 

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My '08 AWD Outlook MPG is 14.3 mixed city/highway and Highway only is 15.5 MPG. I just bought it used in December with 47K on the vehicle, and 3 GM dealerships have looked into the bad mileage issue for me and all have just shrugged and said "oh well, nothing is wrong with it, according to the computer." :confused: :banghead: This is my first and probably last GM vehicle. :angryfire:
 

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Gee whiz I have yet to own a vehicle in which I was able to get exactly what the MPG stated I would get.

You just have to experiment and adjust your driving habits to hopefully get the better MPG that most of you are looking for.

This vehicle is over 5000# and being pulled by a V-6. Think about that, most of the times a vehicle of this size and weight would have a V-8 beneath the hood.

I do not drive like a turtle yet I do not drive like a race horse so I just accept what my average MPG is.

I do though keep tabs when traveling on vacation, just to see if I can best my husband in MPG. ;)
 

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According to fueleconomy.gov, the 2008 Saturn Outlook AWD has an estimated fuel economy of 16mpg city, 22mpg highway and 18mpg combined.

There are many factors that can have an effect on the fuel economy of a vehicle. Tire pressure, air filter, proper oil being used, the recommend grade of octane fuel, CEL or SES light illuminated, spark plugs, driving habits and things of that nature.

Michelle, GM Customer Service
 

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People! Look at your Average Miles Per Hour on your DIC! If it is below 25, your mileage is not going to be great. It means a lot of street driving in stop and go traffic, idle time at lights, or just sitting in your car with the engine going talking or texting on your phone. Every time you remote start the vehicle that time counts against your average and your fuel economy. You may be driving "normal", but the sitting time is not!

This has been my experience with these vehicles. The quicker I get to and keep the average above 30, the better my mpg is.
 

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the 2 recent posters also have not given info on what maintenance has been done.
1st thing Id do is run a bottle of techron- clean the throttle body and change the air filter.

And most likely its driver input.
Why do I say that?
my 2010 Traverse---
when the missus drives- mostly in city- she has achieved a spectacular 12.x MPG as the low.
When I drive in city- that number can be around 16.
When I drive city/hwy/commute in bumper to bumper- its about 19-21.

When I drive on long trips- all highway- I can get as high as 30 MPG. and about 26 with 8 on board...
 

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I get 19 driving around and got 28 highway traveling to Branson Mo. Next trip is to Virginia, Newport News will let you know how that goes. When I first bought the vehicle, I kept adding Luca oil Fuel Treatment in the tank as directed. Bought the big bottle. It helped clean out the old fuel and what other crap might have been in there out. I have also placed a K&N Air Filter in it. Next is the Air Raid Throttle Body Spacer. I put this on my 04 Silverado and now I get 21 highway.
 

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Trip to Virginia still getting 28 MPG Over 500 miles on one tank of gas. That is 2 notches above the "E" also. Used Cruise Control the whole time. :blob:
 

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Wow, I'd love to get 28. Last trip I got 19.7 highway. :angryfire:

Of course, that was at ~75MPH with 8 people in the car (5 teens, 3 adults) and partly through the hills of northern KY. Not ideal conditions for high MPG. ;D
 

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;D Went on a small 251 mile trip on Saturday and had my best tank since I purchased it last April, 19.5 mpg!!! Granted it was just my wife and I in the car and used cruise control most of the trip and it was mostly flat without any large hills or mountains. Anyway I am happy. 2009 XE AWD with 66,000 miles on it had 52,500 last April.
 

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Went to our cabin over the weekend and used 93 octane to fill up the tank which only took 10 gallon's. 330 miles later got 20.7 mpg and used cruise as much as possible. Going to start using higher octane before every trip. Keeps getting better.
 

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I drive a mix of city and highway every day, 12 miles of each to/from work, I get an average 14.5 MPG... not so great.
Best I have done on flat highway is 17 MPG with no A/C running and cruise control on doing 65 MPH. Again not real good, and not even close to the supposed 17/22 this vehicle is supposed to get. Summer blend fuel runs much smoother, winter blend fuel makes it run rougher and milage suffers. Cold tempatures kill fuel economy even more! Hot days in the summer, with A/C off gets the best fuel economy... :-\
 

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Outlook XR 54,200 miles
18 mpg mixed 50% highway and 50% city

10 MPG towing a mini lite 1905 travel trailer, mostly highway, dry weight 2900 lbs large frontal area.
 

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RonD said:
Outlook XR 54,200 miles
18 mpg mixed 50% highway and 50% city

10 MPG towing a mini lite 1905 travel trailer, mostly highway, dry weight 2900 lbs large frontal area.
I usually got 18 mixed. On a trip I could get as high as 24 until I got to the mountains, then it drops to 18. I usually kept my speed under 65 but that doesn't seem to matter, lately 70 has been the same mpg as 65. 2008 XR 189,500 miles.
 
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