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Finding the right gear in a manual

I drive a 6 speed manual Subaru Outback. I have noticed that at certain speeds it is better to stay down 1 gear then shift to the highest possible. At 40 MPH the car will easily drive in 5th gear but at 25-27 MPG, while in 4th gear I can get around 28-32 mpg. I will then shift into 5th around 45 MPH-ish. This means overall better MPG but you have to be a little more gentle with the gas as pressing it too hard will just significantly drop the mpg. This will not be true for any CVT (and most automatics) based transmission.

posted by only1battman on February 16, 2017

this tip works for 69% of voting Fuelly members.


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