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Old 01-04-2013, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's everyone getting for mpg's on the sx4? sometimes i get 30-35 combined driving and like tonight topped the tank off..did the math and was only getting a little over 17mpg city driving. what's up with that? can anyone tell me? jeesh..should have stuck to chevy..at least 25mpg around town here in upstate ny.
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So far, I am getting between 25-29 consistently for 1-1/2 yrs.
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Around 30 in the summer, and 25 in the winter...... 2012 CVT AWD Crossover
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... getting a little over 17mpg city driving. what's up with that? can anyone tell me? jeesh..should have stuck to chevy..at least 25mpg around town here in upstate ny.
THe 4WD hardware always turning (from engine or dragging from the rear wheels) is a serious toll specially at low temperatures. And as exposed as it is, there is not a valid chance that it gets warmer if only on short trips. I did not get any better than you in my even colder place, even worse last winter. I'm not even measuring this winter....I live with it. But with studded winter tires, the grip it gives on the road...and specially 4wd locked in shopping centers icy parkings , procures such a firm footing that it is worth the expense, specially for my wife. She adores it. (2011 AWD)

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i don't have awd just front wheel with the sedan. should get more mpg's than 17 don't you think?
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If I read your post right, you calculated a small top off, which can be incredibly inaccurate given different pumps. My average for the last 1.5 years is about 32 mpg with a fwd 6 spd sx4. I get as low as 27 mpg in the worst of winter and my best was up in the 35 mpg range in summer.

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I'm getting as bad as 16.2 l/100 km or 14.5 miles/usg, in 100% city driving, all short trips, with winter tires. This, on a new 2012 with 1500 km. on it.
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WE've cussed and discussed MPG on the SX4, over and over and over again, for at least the last three years, that I've been on this forum.
The answer remains exactly the same.
Why not go back and read some of those very good threads?

Stop driving it like you stole it! That's #1.

Don't run around with your tires all soft and squishy. 33psi in SX4 tires is a crime and a shame. Jack those tires up to about 38 to 42 psi if you want better performance and better MPG's.

Then stomp the GO pedal like you were walking on eggs. Easy does it!

A K&N Air Cleaner will help, and so will using a Anti-Friction additive like "Prolong". I've done all of the above with my own 2009 SX4 iAWD and I actually did get pretty good mileage. The FWD cars will always get better MPG than the AWD's. That's just simple mechanics.

With all the Suzuki dealers in my area CLOSED, I jumped ship, so to speak and traded my SX4 off for a Kia Soul. I've used all the above tips on my new Soul and I'm getting mileage like this: (as seen on my Scan Gauge II )


The SX4 is capable of decent MPG, but not unless you're willing to work at it.

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thanks for the info.dummy me! should have thought to raise the air..i never run a car according to their air specs. just looking at the gas guage and trip meter it looks like mpg's are going up already..i'll see when i fill up again.
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So far, I am getting between 25-29 consistently for 1-1/2 yrs.
Mine seems to get better the longer I drive it...

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