the other day i filled up and on my info thing said 424 to E. Now it has always said 304 to E since i bought the thing. i filled up at the same gas station with the same octane you guys have any insite? oh and my driving habits have not changed.
I filled up today and my "Miles to E" was 378. I do not accelerate that much and my speed on the Highway is 75-80 MPH and I try to keep my RPM below 2500 on my daily drive. I live in a very congested city and the best I've gotten out of mine vehicle in the MPG department is 23 MPG. I am not complaining my 94' Explorer got 13 MPG. This is the most economic 6-cylinder I ever have bought. My bvehicle was well broken-in since the beginning and I like to cruise around and not rush unless I try to get out of a tight situation on the highway.
Specs: Ford Fusion SEL
17.5 Gal Tank
17" Factory Tires & Rims
33 PSIG tire's pressures
Add-ons from factory: Vortex Fuel Maximizer.
Amount of fuel fill-ups per Month: Twice
Temperature: Low: 60's, High: 70's
In my 5-spd I-4 I am averaging 26.4 mpg with frequent rips up to 5500+rpm. It is too fun not to rev this engine with the manual. I was babying it when it was new - not any longer! I love taking 2nd and 3rd gears up to 6000 rpm. You V6 guys and gals need a good manual option - then I just might have to buy one! The average fuel economy of the V6's posted here is quite impressive.
I have the V6 and everytime I fill it up it is always up in the 440-460 range. I did manage to get it to say 463 once....I was happy.
But the first few miles tend to go away pretty fast, but once i get out of the 440's it is pretty accurate.
Do you ever watch it to see if it changes with the odometer? I lose one 1 mile to E every 1.4 miles if I drive like I have some sense,
Like 60MPH. But we all know how hard that is to do when traffic is moving at like 75.
I have recorded a best of 36mpg with the 4 cylinder manual over a 200 mile trip, cruising at 70 mph. Must have had a tail wind. Normally, driving at those speeds yields around 32 mpg or even less at times. I was pumped to see 36 mpg but I think that reading is rather uncommonl at those speeds. 75 mph often equates to 29-30 mpg which is not all that great. I still feel that this engine needs a 6th gear with the manual trans.
I have just a base S model with the I4 Automatic combo. I got 26 mpg on the first tank driving from the dealer in Las Vegas to northern Arizona. Second tank I got 31.5 driving easy. Now I just drive with frequent passing on a two lane road 17 miles of my 38 mile commute and always get 29 to just under 32 with the A/C in use alot of the time. I like the fact that driving hard doesnt seem to kill the mileage much. Pulls hills well too. Of course my other vehicle is a 2001 Ranger 4 with a 5 speed. Loving this car.
Diving with a conservative foot (with one of these I-4 engines) will yield some outstanding results. I have seen as high as 35 mpg at 67 mph. I am also of the same opinion, if we had less revolutions per mile, these cars would do even better.
An interesting observation is that my Daughter has a Mazda 3 with almost the same power train as our I-4 Milan (2.3 AT). The final gear on the Mazda, matches the Milan.
At 70 mph her car gets 31.2 mph and at 70, ours gets 33.6 to 34 mpg. Her car is probably 300 or more lbs. lighter but the differents is in the size of the tire. The Milan has a 225/50/17” tire and the Mazda 3 has a 205/50/17” tire. Just by eyeball, it looks like the Milan tire is about 2” taller.
The rpm at 70 mph on the Milan is 2400 and the Mazda is 2700.
I also wish I could have purchased a 6 speed automatic like what is behind the V6 Fusion/Milan. I think they are running about 2100 rpm at 70 mph.
I recently rented a VW Jetta (2.5-5 cyl. with a 6 speed automatic). The rpm at 70 mph was down in the 2100 range.
Anyway, when I wear my Pilots out, I may opt to buy a 235 or 245/50/17” tire. I will just have to figure out how to fix the slow speedometer. In the old days, that would have been easy with the change of a speedometer gear. :nsmile:
If youre considering a tuner (like you mentioned in another thread) it will compensate for any tire changes to correct the speedo, as well as keep the cruise control and automatic transmission calibrated correctly.
Im suprised youre seeing that much higher mileage than the 3, but it could also be due to the aerodynamics of the car, windows up or down, etc. Still, thats pretty good mileage, we just took our new 2.0 focus for a road trip and managed 31 mpg cruising between 74 and 79 mph
My new Fusion (only 600 miles on the car) with the 2.3/manual trans pulled down 27.5 MPG. Now that was driving to break-in the engine so I definitely used more gas then I usually would. The driving was 60% hwy/40% city some of it with the A/C on and some with just the windows open. I changed the oil at 500 miles (Pennzoil 5W20) and am running the Ford recommended 34PSI in the 16" Contis. It looks like I may get almost the same MPG as my old Escort ZX2. 8)
Thank you Bob: That's some good info that I did not know about. Those numbers that I wrote about were on new engines but with a very steady foot.
Out here on the Left Coast, we are really getting short changed in the fuel department. A couple of years ago, my brother took a trip across Country and the futher away from California, that he got, the higher his fuel economy went. (Honda Van with a V6 ).
That is good fuel economy on the Focus, for the speed you are driving. My Daughter would have bought the Focus if it had four wheel disc brakes, five speed automatic and VVT. To get the four wheel discs, she had to buy the ST with a MT. Ford did a great job on the Fusion/Milan. I just wish they would ask there customers about the Focus and what we really want.
Anyway: I need to talk to you about our prior discussion. 8)
yeah, i would have gotten a focus ST if they had an automatic, and rumors are stirring we may see an F1 style tip shifter automatic coming on the ST pretty soon. Im also going to try to adapt the ST rear disc brakes, we already have a few ST styling parts coming in tomorrow.
I REALLY wanted to get a fusion, or most likely a milan, but the rebates on the focus were just too much to pass up. Maybe if i suck it up and get rid of my lowered 04 F150 ill get one, but it was sure nice to get back into my truck after all those highway miles in a small car, haha.
This Milan is the Cat’s Meow. In fact, I was really giving it the eye, the other day and my Wife yelled at me. She said, get your own car and leave mine alone. So I walked away with my tail between my legs.
haha, my wife is like that now with her focus! technically its her car, but before we even signed the line i had clear bumper lenses on it, an Marcy Motorsport intake, and of course BamaChips tunes. I called her today at work to ask when she would be home. She saw right through me, she knew i just wanted to know when the focus would be home :lol: i love new toys....
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