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Numbingly Neutral

So, while my car's in the repair shop, I've been driving this Honda Accord V6, which can do 21mpg (…) city and 30mpg highway.  In the first week of driving, I got 23mpg overall (…;;;) although I was mostly driving on a freeway—I commute between Sunnyvale and San Mateo.  So I tried something different: Liberal usage of neutral gear position, mostly in mild or stop-and-go city traffic, and for downhill coasting because I can sense a terrible amount of engine braking/drag if I just lift the foot off the gas pedal without shifting to N -_-.

I just refueled it this morning, and it scored 27.5mpg overall.

Can't be unhappy at 20% extra miles.  XD

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or nerd-ily neutral X)
Before I got the Prius I drove one of the previous generation (20/27). My daily commute is pretty much an 880/101 run from Fremont to Santa Clara. I only used neutral when coasting off of a freeway, and managed 27 mpg without a problem. (But then, I also tended to anticipate stops and other things and get off the gas early, too.)

The damage your car sustained suggests it'll be there for quite awhile. Which gets me back to wondering why people insist on blasting down freeways.