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Location: North Port Florida
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Lowering definitely has the potential to improve fuel economy, although I have to say I am surprised by the amount of improvement you have seen. The high speed you report may be the reason for the more dramatic improvement.
I, too, am interested in what you used. I have seen on the regular YF Sonata board where several people have lowered their cars, but I would be interested to hear what you got to work on the Hybrid.
While lowering a car will help FE somewhat, one would need more data over multiple tanks of gas to see what the actual impact would be. It's normal to see 3-4 MPG swings from tank to tank just based on driving or weather conditions. Check my Fuelly page, I had a 6 MPG difference between my last two tanks due to the cold snap we had last week. I often see 5-10 MPG swings in short segments just based on wind direction.
That said, I like the lowered look. I thought about lowering mine but probably not a good idea for my occasional drive through six or more inches of snow! Need that ground clearance!
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