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Something I do is keep the throttle just below where an over-richening fuel regime begins. Does that sound right? Push the throttle to the end of where it feels 'snappy'. That means, very low throttle settings at very low RPMs (the Gen2 engine when fully warmed up seems to have some useful torque at as low as 1200 RPM), increasingly open as the revs build, full open at & above 3000 or so.

Upshift if the engine can take more in the gear you're in and you don't need additional acceleration. Downshift instead of matting the throttle if you're in too tall a gear.

For me, summer fillups usually 40 mpg or so as odo miles / pump gallons, Tier 1 premium fuel (don't want a cracked piston).

My last car was a Sentra 5 speed, and with that one, I also usually beat the EPA highway estimate.
 
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