The Focus has a 4 speed automatic rather than a 5 -- I recall -- which may
make a difference. We have looked at the Focus and the Fusion as
possibilities for an around town car for my wife rather than her Honda
Pilot. I have an 06 Accord I4 (2.4 ltr) with an automatic and get 32-34 on
the road with 28-30 to work and back with a 50/50 mix of I75 and around
A couple of thoughts:
Are you driving the same speed now as with the other cars? I've kept
gas mileage records for years, but some can't be compared because the
roads I typically drive on now have much higher speed limits, and even
higher actual speeds. The EPA tests assumes a relatively low top
Have you checked your odometer. For whatever reason my last 5 Ford
have had odometers that under report the actual mileage traveled, by
3% or more. On the other hand my last two Japanese vehicles have
odometers that over report the distance traveled (my Frontier was 5%
fast). This can make a significant difference in comparisons. Honda
and Toyota are both notorious for "fast" odometers, so you might want
to check the odometer with a good GPS, or at least against the
interstate mile markers. My Sister's Civic thinks it is ten miles
further to my parents home than my Fusion when we start from the same
place (147 mile trip for me, 157 for her - the truth is in-between
according to the GPS).
Your previous cars were manuals - perhaps your shift strategy was more
"mileage friendly" that the automatics. Or maybe with the automatic
you are accelerating a little harder without really meaning to.
Good point, I drive pretty much the same roads I have in he past but the
Odometer is easy enough to check.. The car is very "peppy" compared to my
other ones. I do notice that the transmission does a lot of shifting as we
are in a hilly area. I will check the odometer.
I happen to have an 07 Focus a/t. It is used for mainly highway driving. I
have put 25k on it in 6 months and have noticed the following.
* any speed over about 60 the mileage drops significantly.
* A/C on in the summer, or even the winter with the defroster also causes
the mileage to drop significantly.
I have had a best tank of about 37 mpg on summer gas going no faster than
about 60. Worst tank of 24ish on winter gas doing 75+mph. Neither tanks
had the A/C going. Big difference! Oh, and I use mobil 1 5w20, fwiw.
A five or six speed would be good. I also will put the Mobil 1 in and
anything else that might help. Ford recommends BP for gas, but Gardner MA
doesn't have one and not sure where the closest is. I see Mobil has a high
performance Oil Filter also. I will try what I can.
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