I think MTE takes into account that you might have to drive 311 miles up hill?On my Hybrid only mpg test yesterday, I averaged right at 32 mpg calculated over 88 miles. I was happy with this result since it was a mixture of city and highway driving even with 15 minutes of idling; so very real world for my regular situations. However, the display for estimated range is still quite mind boggling. At 32 mpg, I would expect my real world range on a 16.5 gallon tank to be 16.5*32 = 528 miles. Let's say the van is conservative with the estimate and gives you your estimated range to 2.5 gallons remaining; that would be 14*32 = 448 miles giving you at least 60 miles to find a gas station once "empty". Seems reasonable to me.
What the display gave me on the other hand, is 248 MTE before filling up and 311 MTE after. I would have thought they could at least give me my 88 miles back that I actually went on that amount of gas. If I continue at 32 mpg, the 311 MTE indication would leave me around 6.78 gallons (or 217 miles) in reserve to find a gas station.
Is it really necessary to warn people this early? Is the MTE indicator of any use being this conservative or am I missing something?
Regardless of this, I am otherwise loving this van. Just thought I would share what I have discovered through my experiences so far.
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It really makes no sense.