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Old 02-14-2011
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Gas mileage. Summer vs Winter

I have heard people say you get better gas mileage in the summer time than in the winter time. How is that because I thought colder air was better for your engine and performance than hot air?
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colder air requires more fuel to stay stoich. Plus you start off with a cold engine/drivetrain and winter blend fuel.
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I'm sure somebody will come by and correct me but I'm just going to take a stab at it anyways.

I think it has something to do with the add-ins in the "winter blend" gasoline. These substances are better in the winter months because they evaporate better. This also causes the fuel economy to decrease slightly.
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Winter fuel burns at a astronomical rate.
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Old 02-15-2011
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I've noticed a nice drop in MPG's from my summer mileage. I bought it in August and was getting 18-19 with my 3.0 edge 2wd, well into winter im getting 14-16. Most likely because i let my truck run for 10 minutes every cold morning for the trucks benefit and mine. :)
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well i just bought a 3.0 2wd edge, and I've been getting 15-16 mpg so far. I guess this gives me something to hope for when summer comes.
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in my 3.0 i get like 23 during the summer combined in the winter lucky to get 20 combined.
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Old 02-16-2011
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Plus 4 wheel drive will use more fuel.
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