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Old 04-22-2008, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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I understand a 4X4 is going to eat more fuel as opposed to a 2WD, basicvally if at all possible I would like to find a 4X4 that gets better than 15 mpg, if that is at all possible.

Of course with that said I'm thinking something along the lines of a small truck with a 4 cylinder.
My 2005 Chevy Colorado 4x4 Crew Cab with the 3.5L 5 Cylinder Engine gets well above 15 MPG. I have gotten mileage as good as 23+ MPG, while driving through Yellowstone National Park at 45 MPH with the Cruise Control on for most of the time. Generally, though, it gets somewhere closer to 20 MPG most of the time with combined driving. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the mileage it gets, though I would love it if it had a small turbo diesel and was able to achieve 30 MPG or better. BTW, the stock tires are P265/75R15s on the Z71 off road equipped trucks. This is the metric equivalent that is about the same size as the 31" tires I've put on mine.
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:57 AM
 
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a well tuned fuel injected fj40 will get 16-17 mpg and that is a realistic idea. get one in good condition, really reliable vehicles or get a bj42 and get over 20mpg

do some research on em , you'll be suprised. jeeps wont even get that
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:52 AM
 
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The 2.0 flat-four cylinder Impreza engine is more than lively enough for the Subaru Forester, producing excellent torque and good acceleration. If more power is the priority there is the Forester Turbo S which can accelerate from 0-60 in 8seconds not bad for a 4x4 trucks. As its based on the Impreza fuel economy for the Forester is car like and 30mpg easily achieved, with a low group 11car insurance. Running costs are very reasonable thanks to above-average reliability and long service intervals.

Inside, the Forester has excellent boot space with split fold rear seats for practicality and a good level of safety features, including air bags for driver and passenger. The All Weather pack option adds front fog lamps, heated front seats, electrically heated mirrors and windscreen wiper de-icers. Leather upholstery is also available on the Turbo S model.

So what you get with a Subaru Forester is a 4x4 that that drives and handles more like a car, with strong reliable engines that have more than proved themselves. The Forester is a good 4x4 compromise, that can average 30mpg with a low insurance group and a strong resale value and a worthy consideration for part time off road work
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Get a cheap Suzuki SX4 Crossover with manual transmission and AWD and you'll get 30mpg highway
Suzuki Auto : SX4 Crossover : Features & Specs : Pricing & MPG suggested starting price about $17,000 new but if you get one that is about one or two years old, you can get it for much cheaper due to depreciation.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Here's the Edmonds long term test article on the above vehicle. 2009 Suzuki SX4 Long-Term Road Test
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Your going to have to go diesel and the one that I know gets the highest mileage would be a Cummins. Go find yourself an old 1st gen 12 valve, do a little work to it and you will be getting 22-25mpg. It won't be the fastest but it will get the mileage and pull anything you might need moved.
I've got a 2nd gen 24 Valve 4wd quad cab (I think it weighs 6400#) and gets 21-23mpg, I'm not sure how good the newer 3rd gens are but I've heard of people getting 25-26mpg.. don't know how true it is.
I don't want to get into a pi$$ing match about which diesel is better, it's just in my experience the smaller , lower reving Cummins get's the better mileage than the others.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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My Cummins 12v doesn't do me any worse than 18mpg and I can get about 25-27mpg on the highway. These motors stock are capable of burning pure vegetable oil as well. Nothing else this size and this powerful can give mpgs like that.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:29 PM
 
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My Cummins 12v doesn't do me any worse than 18mpg and I can get about 25-27mpg on the highway. These motors stock are capable of burning pure vegetable oil as well. Nothing else this size and this powerful can give mpgs like that.
27mpg ?! I didn't know they could get that much.. that is awesome. Got to love the almighty Cummins !!
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Hubby drives Hybrid Tahoe & I drive Hybrid Escalade, both get about 21/22 MPG city & highway, both 4WD, Tow, etc
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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You could get over 30 MPG with a lift on a Suzuki Samurai. But you'd better be OK with not being able to go over 55 MPH.
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