Just got done with a roadtrip in my 2013 SE with a 5 speed where it was spinning 3k~ rpm for right at 9 hours straight. As was said earlier, there was no droning, no weirdness, no noise. It was a pleasure, not tiring at all besides normal drive time bodily toll. In one tank with cruise set every moment I could at 75-78mph(50% at 75+, 40% at 65-70, and then 10% through small towns 35-55mph with lights), I averaged 34.5 mpg hand calculated during the day at 70*F, but once the sun went down, the temp was in the 40's, and the MPG drooped to 32 mpg.
Honestly, I've noticed that TEMPERATURE makes much more of a difference in MPG in this car than driving speed or octane while at highway speeds (65-80 mph averages). From 50*F down, expect worse and worse mpg, from 50 to about 80 is a sweet spot for maximum MPG, and then over 80 is like under 50, MPG will get worse as the temperature increases.
2013 Focus SE 5M Daily Driver
2003 Mustang GT V8/Auto Wife's Daily
1986 Mustang GT V8/5M Toy
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