I drive back and forth to Hoffman Estates every day from Logan Square. I’m right off the interstate in both instances, so my commute is mostly highway driving. Even better: I don’t head into the office until about 10 a.m., and all that pesky traffic stuff is out of my way. I always look at this as my opportunity to see how close the EPA estimates really are.
In the case of the Lexus IS 350 — better than close. I’ve been going to the gym this week in Schaumburg, which takes me on surface streets, and I did have a Junior League meeting, which took me to the Gold Coast via stop-and-go North Ave. So, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing highway driving.
And yet, my mileage is still above the highway EPA estimate of 25 mpg.
And I’m not even trying that hard. I’m not driving 45 mph, I’m not
turning off my engine or doing those crazy FAS maneuvers.
I’m just driving like a real person with the occasional buffer and
coast into a red light hoping it’ll turn green before I stop.
I asked the guys at CleanMPG, and
they said at .7 mpg over the EPA estimate, I’m officially hypermiling.
Who knew? I have a long highway-laden road trip ahead. I bet I can do
There’s a certain unnamed vehicle that could learn a thing or two here. The IS tester is AWD and has a V-6 engine. Of course, one of my Facebook fans chalks it up to the nicer weather. Hmmm. We’ll see. There is a “rematch” in my future.