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This is the end result of a full tank of fuel, shifting at 2000rpm, and taking it easy on my commute to work and back this week. 460 miles later...loving the mpg readout!

 

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Torque tune. But this is without using AC, and like I said I was really taking it easy on my commute to get the best mpg possible out of this tank.

Daily, this represents roughly 10 miles of stop-and-go, and 20 miles of freeway driving at 70mph.

Not too bad I think. Shifting at 2000rpm really helps. I can pull 5th gear at 35mph which helps, too!

If I have to use the AC and don't use the freeway, and shift at much higher rpm's, then my mpg drops to 26-27. But like I said, this is driving in a very conservative manner (not caring if a Hummer H3 burns me off the line, etc).



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What tune are you running? I'd like to give that a try one tank.
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[quote author=Chris06Fusion link=topic=82530.msg1540491#msg1540491 date=1183769601]
Wait till Boz sees that!
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Ouch! I should have bought an I4 SEL, manual or automatic. No doubt about it. Way to go Metallicat. Your mileage is double what mine is, a constant 14.8 mpg.
 

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That is just crazy! My 1997 F150 with the 5.4L doesn't do much worse than that, and it weighs over 6000lbs!

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[quote author=Chris06Fusion link=topic=82530.msg1540491#msg1540491 date=1183769601]
Wait till Boz sees that!
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Ouch! I should have bought an I4 SEL, manual or automatic. No doubt about it. Way to go Metallicat. Your mileage is double what mine is, a constant 14.8 mpg.
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yeah I'm getting 14.8 as well and my old mans navigator with 5.4 motor is getting only 3-4 mpg less. I still prefer my fusion though by far. Hopefully with time it will improve I'd like to see 17+ in city and 20-24 on the freeway then I'd be happy (happier anyway) I'd be really happy with 30mpg!
 

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I wonder if the 3.0 just isn't enough engine for the added weight and perhaps additional drivetrain losses associated with AWD. I bet a larger V6 with more torque would actually improve the mpg situation since the engine wouldn't have to work as hard to pull the car around. Any word on what an MKZ 3.5 AWD gets around town? More than 14.8 I hope!

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yeah I'm getting 14.8 as well and my old mans navigator with 5.4 motor is getting only 3-4 mpg less. I still prefer my fusion though by far. Hopefully with time it will improve I'd like to see 17+ in city and 20-24 on the freeway then I'd be happy (happier anyway) I'd be really happy with 30mpg!
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I can honestly say that the V6 does a really great job at pulling the Fusion around. It doesn't matter if the A/C is on and the car is loaded with people and gear, there is plenty of power to spare. I average 21 mpg in the city everyday (40 minutes to work in traffic and 40 minutes for the return home). The 6 speed auto does a great job too though I wish a manumatic/tiptronic was available. I think it's the AWD that's reducing the mileage, granted once you have the V6 in any drivetrain on the short trips, the mileage becomes very poor indeed.

Great picture though Metallicat, you can clearly see the bluish/purplish ring around the gauges from the lights! 8)
 

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Yup. I wasn't trying to imply that the FWD V6 models don't offer great performance and mileage. I know they rock and do at least as good as my I4 on the hwy :) I am just openly wondering what is it about the AWD models that gives owners such complaints about fuel economy. It doesn't seem like it can simply be the issue of increased weight since AWD adds like what, 300lbs?

You know, I never even noticed the blue/purple tint around the gauges before. Thanks for pointing that out! I guess I'll have to pay more attention to them when I drive! LOL!



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I can honestly say that the V6 does a really great job at pulling the Fusion around. It doesn't matter if the A/C is on and the car is loaded with people and gear, there is plenty of power to spare. I average 21 mpg in the city everyday (40 minutes to work in traffic and 40 minutes for the return home). The 6 speed auto does a great job too though I wish a manumatic/tiptronic was available. I think it's the AWD that's reducing the mileage, granted once you have the V6 in any drivetrain on the short trips, the mileage becomes very poor indeed.

Great picture though Metallicat, you can clearly see the bluish/purplish ring around the gauges from the lights! 8)
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