Hello. So, I rotate through 2 vehicles. One is a 2008 Nissan Quest with 65,000 miles and the other is a 2010 VW Jetta with 38,000 miles.
4 years ago I moved into a new house with a new job only a mile away. I often only drive to work and shopping for months at a time. This means I usually only go through 1 tank of gas each month. I drive very gently. I do not speed. I do not rapidly accelerate. I do not brake harshly. Most months, I don’t exceed 45mph.
Both vehicles only get around 12 mpg. When I do take them on the interstate to visit family 2 hours away, both vehicles deliver their proper highway fuel economy. The Jetta will show up to 35 mpg. The Quest will show up to 29 mpg.
So, is my city driving not “city driving?” I spend no time in traffic so it’s not like I’m idling away. Both vehicles are low mileage with proper maintenance. The a/c is always on as it is hot as hell down here.
Maybe it’s normal for vehicles that basically just “go around the corner” every day. I don’t know.