Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Northern Indiana
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Gas mileage CJ vs. TJ...What gives?
Here is a question that I have been meaning to ask for a while. I was reading in “The Story of Jeep” by Patrick R. Foster, that 1982 CJs were rated by the EPA at 23 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. Then I stopped in at my local friendly Jeep dealer only to discover that the new Wranglers only get 18/21. What gives? You would think that in 20 years, fuel efficiency would increase, not decrease. Is all that fancy TJ stuff (AC, auto locking hubs, etc.) drinking more fuel? Did the old CJs really get better fuel mileage than TJs, or are they measuring it differently now than in 1982? Enquiring minds like mine want to know!