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    Quote Originally Posted by ewflyer View Post
    Okay, here it is: In the first few years of owning my Abarth (2012 model) I was driving between Portland, OR and Spokane, WA on a regular basis. The trip, from the west side of Portland to the east side Spokane was 425 miles total. The Abarth made the trip, multiple times, on a single tank. I'd fill it up and hit the highway, keeping it out of the boost and hovering right around 63 to 65 MPH. At the other end, arriving in either Portland or Spokane on fumes (I guess) with right around 415 miles showing on the trip "A" odometer, I'd refuel the car and would always get just over 10 gallons into the tank.

    So I'm talking about 415 miles of pure highway driving.

    This is how it happened, many times. Tell me where this doesn't add up.
    Makes sense, if the drive is not very hilly, and close to sea level. I've never gotten anywhere close myself, but mostly because where I live is not conducive to this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piotrush View Post
    Makes sense, if the drive is not very hilly, and close to sea level. I've never gotten anywhere close myself, but mostly because where I live is not conducive to this.
    Sea level should have virtually no effect on these cars, as they are high pressure turbos. The small difference in atmospheric pressure becomes pretty much irrelevant when the cars are set to run 18PSI.

    Drag coefficient on the 500 is really poor (around .37Cd IIRC), so the biggest differentiator in fuel economy will be cruise speed. Turbo engines are really efficient at cruise, but a bit less at full boil, so stop and go can cut down efficiency too. So the people that get great fuel economy are likely either not cruising too fast or are often driving in moving but thick traffic which gives you a big aerodynamic boost as all the cars traveling pretty close together reduce drag, kind of like how the pro bicyclists clump up to draft each other.

    Remember, drag increases to the square of speed, so while 65mph vs 72mph may not sound like much, it actually makes a big difference, since its not linear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piotrush View Post
    My question is this, do you recommend moderate acceleration through all gears to a cruising speed (light throttle input & shifting ~2000rpm)?

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