Been thinking of a new car for better fuel mileage, I had a New 2005
Focus wagon in mind with the standard trans, am I on the right track, I
am after better fuel mileage, has anyone heard of the 2006's yet are
they worth the wait. is the standard engine enough power with the
standard trans. any opinions, is there any better choices for better
Maybe I should mentioned more in details, I am after a midsize wagon
with the most room and best fuel mileage, I presently have a 96 Cherokee
and that rarly gets 18mpg and a my wife has a 2003 Dodge Caravan with
the 3.3 V6 engine and that MIGHT break 20mpg. I am not into tanks yet!
Andy Lee wrote:
I would suggest a Diesel Focus but you don't have those in the States
yet do you? Mine gets around 48-50 miles per Imp Gallon. Performance
is on a par with the 2.0l Zetec petrol engine that seems to average
aroung 30mpg in the UK. From other peoples post it would appear that
you should easily improve on the 18mpg you currently get. The Focus is
a damn good car esp at the price
I'd say it's close enough, sure better torque at low revs for the
diesel (tdci - 115 hp), but on high revs the petrol engine (2l -
131 hp) is superior. Overall, if insurance/etc isn't a strong
point against the diesel and you drive enough, the diesel is for
sure a more economic choice.
That's 13 l/100km (18mpg), hard to get out of the 2l engine,
21.8mpg was the worst I could get over nearly 50.000 km. About
26mpg (9 l/100km) is my average, this includes always some
kilometers without speed limit around Vmax, where the car guzzles
The Focus has decent fuel economy, similar to equivalent cars i.e. Elantra,
Spectra, Corolla, Civic, Golf etc. 2006s will be the same as 2005s in that
regard. Whether they have enough power depends on your tastes, they have
plenty for me and about the same as these equivalent cars. You might want to
consult the official mileage figures (if you're American, the EPA or sources
like Edmunds etc.)
I've got the 2005 wagon with the 2 liter engine and automatic
transmission, I normally drive one way to work which is 7.6 miles one
way and with this town only driving I'm getting around 26 MPG so with
the manual transmission you should get much better mileage, I've only
checked in on a trip one time and at 65 to 75 mph I managed to get 31 MPG.
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