Apr 11 AT 11:58 PM Guest Blogger 21 Comments

Mileage: Tracking fuel consumption the easy way.

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If you are anything like me, you are a fanatic about tracking the mileage you get with your vehicle. In the old days, this meant keeping a pad, pencil, and calculator in my glovebox. That was a tedious process, especially if I didn’t fill the tank to full each time.

Along comes Mileage. Mileage is an app for tracking the Miles Per Gallon (MPG) (or kilometers per litre) that you are getting between fill ups. That alone makes the app valuable to me, but there is so much more to Mileage.

To use Mileage you simply enter the price per gallon, gallons filled, and your odometer reading each time you fill up. Mileage will automatically keep track of that data for you to review. You can view a history of all your fill-ups and some nifty statistics about your fuel consumption. You can even view charts to get a visual representation of the different statistics.

The amount of statistics Mileage provides is staggering. It keeps track of things like amount of fuel per fill up, average cost per mile, and a whole host of other interesting information. One of its greatest features is that it allows you to export this data as a .csv file (comma separated values). That data can than be imported into spreadsheet software and manipulated to your hearts content.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Tons of data and statistics
  • Ability to export data
  • Intuitive UI

Needs Improvement

  • If screen sleeps while viewing data, the data will not show when screen is activated again. (switch tabs in the app instantly shows data again)
  • Would be nice if there were some predefined service reminders with the suggested mileage between servicing.

Final Verdict

Mileage is a great tool for those who like to track their fuel consumption and cost. It will also allow you to enter service reminders for things like changing oil, rotating tires, etc. If you are someone with a car, this app is definitely worth checking out.

Note: This review was submitted by Andrew Frost as part of our app review contest.

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  • http://Website Steve A

    I’ve used this app for about six months now and I must say it’s amazing. But as far as cons go, it already does the service reminders suggested by the reviewer. All one needs to do is hit menu and click on the button labeled “Intervals”. It even has suggested miles for the intervals.

  • http://Website Zac

    I’d say the needs improvement part needs to allow you to enter in your services, with the cost of the service. For instance, if you get an oil and filter change, allow you to enter that price in and the odometer reading at the time of the service. Then on the stats page, allow us to get a TRUE cost per mile, including the services and repairs you made to the vehicle over time.

    Otherwise, I agree, this is the best free app I’ve seen for keeping track of MPG stats.

  • http://www.thisiscourtney.com Courtney

    Cool app, I’m going to check it out. Thanks for the review.

  • http://Website raphy

    back when I used to use this app, I discovered it actually calculated mileage incorrectly. Pretty big error for an app that is supposed to calculate mileage for you. It’s also an extremely easy calculation to do, so I was pretty flabbergasted. uninstalled

    • http://evancharlton.com/ Evan Charlton

      Feel free to email me if you think that the calculations are wrong. I’m confident that they’re correct, but I’m always open to hearing bug reports.

    • http://Website Steve A

      I just double checked on this and actually calculated my last MPG manually and Mileage had done the calculation correctly, so I’m not sure what happened when you tested this.

    • http://Website Franziska

      I’ve to agree with raphy. The calculation is wrong.
      An example: Today I filled up my motorbike – 17.5 litres of fuel and 301.6 km. I want to see Litres per 100 km. Mileage should show me something like 5.8 L /100 km but it shows 27.73 L /100 km.

      • Jimmu

        That means the conversion from MPG to l/100km is wrong.

        • Wilbour

          I have been using Mileage for a month but there is a problem. Although the calculations appear correct the Statistics screen shows the following:

          Fuel economy
          Average fuel 7.20 l/100km
          Worst fuel 8.93l/100km
          Best fuel 7.41l/100km

          With the few fillups, why is my average better than my best. The caluclations are correct but where is the average comming from?

  • http://Website treefq

    This sounds like a good app to have for those who run business out of personal vehicles. Import to track your mileage for the business expense at the end of the year.

  • http://evancharlton.com/ Evan Charlton

    Hey guys, I’m the author of Mileage. I was really excited to see this pop up in my inbox!

    If anyone has any suggestions or bugs, I’m using Moderator to track these things.
    http://www.google.com/moderator/#15/e=40a5&t=40a5.40
    http://www.google.com/moderator/#15/e=40a5&t=40a5.41

    Please submit/vote! If you have any questions, my inbox is always open — [email protected]

    Cheers!

  • http://www.nashvilletn-real-estate.com Dean Williams

    This is the first true “app” from the Review Contest that has really interested me (I tried Blow Up, but just for fun). Very interested to see how it works. Tracking mileage has always been something that I’ve wanted to do, but I’ve never had the desire to actually start and bother with the pad/paper and later calculations. Very interested to start using this.

  • http://Website Roshan Shrestha

    Can I set it up for litres/100km? Because that is how mileage is computed in the metric world.

  • http://Website P Doro

    where do you import ofiles off ur droid, what file

  • http://Website Paul Tupper

    I enjoy this app but have recently switched cars and haven’t taken the time to export the old car data so I can begin tracking my new car… Meanwhile, I am just collecting receipts.

    Suggestions/wishes:
    - multiple cars
    - scanning/goggles integration… something to help lazy folks like me add data quickly. :)

  • http://Website Appdogg

    Great app, but it would be better if it had an option to use the trip Odometer reading in place of the regular Odometer reading.

  • http://Website Anna

    I though it’s great too until I discovered that it actually calculates the cost and mpl taking the milage you did on your previous fill up and the fill up you just made. It gives very significant differences as I have a bike with 7,5 litre tank. Rubbish

  • http://None Tony

    I am considering using this app, but after hearing about the issues with the way it calculates the fuel consumption, can someone confirm the following:

    Example:

    1 – Start with full tank of fuel)
    2 – Drive 500km
    3 – Fill up 50L to top of tank

    Its calculation will say 10L/100km.

    Then if i do a highway drive (less fuel consumption)
    4 – Drive 750km
    5 – fill up 50L to top of tank again.

    Its calculation should say that trip had 6.66L/100km

    Average should be weighted, ie. = 8.00L /100km (calculated by the total amount of L’s and total KM’s) …. not 8.33L (which is the average of the two L/100km numbers)

    Can anyone confirm that?

  • http://Website ross

    does not calculate if you only partially fill the tank

  • Yuri

    Nice post! I’ve been using Fuel Expenses https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.designtop.voditel to track fuel mileage for a couple of months and I really like how it combines simplicity with usability.

  • Suraj Ramnani

    Hey, That’s a great article, I have lost count of how many gps mileage trackers i have used in the past. I initially used triplog and then moved on to Mileage and also used various others before finally coming across Vezma. Through Vezma, i finally found an application i was looking for. It has a stable cloud server that saves all my data online, allows me to export reports to excel and also allows me to input missed refueling (Which i mostly did, sigh). Additionally, it also has a unique feature where as an administrator i can see real time location of all the users who are working under me. Their mobile application is permanently free with 1 month of free premium membership but honestly after a month even if you plan to upgrade, i don’t find them too expensive. They provide the following features to their premium customers.

    - All tracked trips are auto synced online (choose Wi-Fi, data plan)
    - Powerful trip tracking records searching, filtering & management (add, edit, delete)
    - See your tracked trips and visited places displayed on interactive map
    - Keep others updated via location sharing (SMS, email, social media)
    - Define frequently visited places for automatic check in at the location
    - Generate professional mileage log and trip reports (word, excel, pdf)

    Moreover, they support any smartphone you might use (Android, Blackberry, Windows as well as iOS). Their google play link is https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.workinfield and their website is http://www.vezma.com. Hope this helps, if anyone is looking for an alternative.