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06-20-2014 11:26 PM
mqflores4 Let me know how it works for you.

Even in stop-and-go traffic, I follow the same principles of gently stepping on gas and laying off it instead of braking. My mileage goes down during bad traffic but not as fast as when I attack my pedals aggressively.

Something that I noticed also is that drivers usually change lanes a lot when in highway with bad traffic. I've observed that if you stay in your lane, you'll soon catch up with that driver that snakes in and out of lanes - accelerating and decelerating hard so many times. It's all about the lanes finding a certain flow equilibrium. I get a kick when I see somebody pass me, jump on another [*faster*] lane only to pass them by after a few miles. Really ! Wasted effort and gas!

Like I stated in my earlier post, so to speak - leave the racing to the professionals, let mortals like us drive normally and conserve gas!

The Ford Focus is a decent car. I won't probably race it - that's not really why I bought it. My intention was to get a car that will get me from point A to B safely and economically. Right now, I'm pleased.
06-20-2014 08:53 PM
ksbaggs94 I recently went a small road trip and achieved at best 38mpg this is cruising at 60mph on 91 octane fuel. When I first bought my focus fuel economy was probably 26 city / 28 highway until around the 1200mile mark. Seems alright yet misleading considering what the EPA estimates are lol. 6 speed auto 2.0L FYI.
06-20-2014 05:48 PM
Jburks Nice, I need to start driving like this.
06-20-2014 05:22 PM
mqflores4 I agree with Elizabeth regarding being gentle with accelerations. In addition, maintain your distance especially in highways so you can slow down by easing off gas instead of braking. It's easier to accelerate again if you have that leftover momentum from your deceleration.

When on highway, I see lots of people stepping on the gas to keep up with car in front of them and slamming on their brakes to slow down. Not good! In most cases they keep very little distance between their car and one in front of them and I see their brake lights constantly blinking like Christmas lights.

It's not rocket science to make your car go zoom-zoom - just step on it! It takes lots of patience and careful planning to get really good mileage. I usually challenge myself when driving by seeing how long I can drive without engaging the brakes - just keeping my distance so I can slow down instead of braking. And if ever I do brake, I just apply it very slightly anticipating that car in front of me will probably speed up again. Works most of the time!

I bought my 2014 Ford Focus Titanium HB last November 2013. I'm at around 10000 miles right now and my mileage seemed to have stabilized at 40MPG. I used to drive 75MPH+ and stayed on the left. I've changed my driving habits and try to maintain constant 60MPH [not cruise control] on the highway even if it means that I have to stay on the 2nd lane from right on a four-lane highway. It's a comfy drive at that speed and I make sure I leave early in AM to take advantage of lesser cars on the road.

Below is my mileage reading after gas up and driving continuously for about 40 miles after that at ~60MPH. Probably a fluke because it stabilizes to around 40MPG during the week. But, hey! It's still way up there for a non-hybrid!



Here's a good article on conservative driving:
http://www.gas-mileage-enhancers.com/?page_id=358

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Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
Some points:
New(er) car is still in the 'engine learning' and the stock fuel map is set RICH. Which means the engine is set to be wasting gas in order to be certain the engine is protected. (more fuel means cooler temps in the cylinders)
Also the throttle is learning. And the driver is too.
I have to say I never press hard on the throttle EVER (exceptt a few times here or there) mainly just like I had an egg between my foot and the gas pedal. As little as possible...
No stomp on it from light to light.

Also 'city' driving is just not freeway driving. The idea of hywy driving is even flow at 50 to 75 mph with no changes. If you are in bumper to bumper traffic jam that is NOT hywy driving..
City is stop and GO. no stop and stop and stop and stop So inner downtown congestion is not what is 'city driving'. City driving is stopping say every six to ten blocks, with lots of stepping on the brakes, and reaccelerating per mile.

If you are in tight downtown New York like stoplights every block.. WTF do you expect but 15mpg? Or same on freway. If your commute is bumper to bumper average 15mph that is not 'highway' driving!

I would say mpg does get better.And will also improve is you do the free flow air filter AND the snorkle delete.
03-31-2014 03:41 PM
BigFord74 I know i had to kind of teach my wife how to "drive" the car to get the better mileage. For us even if she drives it hard. She is still getting 25-27mpg. The car is our trip car for the most part. So that mpg vs our '05 Excursion which at best is getting 16mpg and cost $100-$150 to fill up. Well you don't have to be a math wiz to see the savings LOL
03-28-2014 05:29 PM
Elizabeth Some points:
New(er) car is still in the 'engine learning' and the stock fuel map is set RICH. Which means the engine is set to be wasting gas in order to be certain the engine is protected. (more fuel means cooler temps in the cylinders)
Also the throttle is learning. And the driver is too.
I have to say I never press hard on the throttle EVER (exceptt a few times here or there) mainly just like I had an egg between my foot and the gas pedal. As little as possible...
No stomp on it from light to light.

Also 'city' driving is just not freeway driving. The idea of hywy driving is even flow at 50 to 75 mph with no changes. If you are in bumper to bumper traffic jam that is NOT hywy driving..
City is stop and GO. no stop and stop and stop and stop So inner downtown congestion is not what is 'city driving'. City driving is stopping say every six to ten blocks, with lots of stepping on the brakes, and reaccelerating per mile.

If you are in tight downtown New York like stoplights every block.. WTF do you expect but 15mpg? Or same on freway. If your commute is bumper to bumper average 15mph that is not 'highway' driving!

I would say mpg does get better.And will also improve is you do the free flow air filter AND the snorkle delete.
03-28-2014 05:12 PM
Jburks I'm at about 1200 miles now and it's slightly better. I drive almost all city mileage and i was getting about 25 and now it's about 27 so i think that is about right. The last highway trip i did which was only about a 100 miles i averaged about 34 so it is looking better now.
03-28-2014 03:07 PM
BigFord74
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Originally Posted by Jburks View Post
I have actually been a little disappointed with my MPG thus far. I have a 2014 with a DCT and about 700 miles at this point. I'm averaging about 25-27 almost all in town driving but last weekend i did a 150 mile road trip all highway and i had a fresh tank of gas and i reset the display and i only averaged 32.5 with pretty much all flat highway non-stop at about 65 MPH. i was hoping to get closer to 40 on that trip. I'm hoping it gets a little better as the car breaks in.
Have you noticed it getting any better with more miles. The wife and I have. On the highway according to the computer we're seeing 37mpg average at about 70mph. Car now has just over 3000 miles on it.
03-11-2014 08:08 PM
dyn085
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Originally Posted by bshin352 View Post
17 wheels arent as wide as the 18. Less frontal area to work with aerodynamics.
And less traction/drag along with less rotational mass. All-around win for economy.

My SEL got about 2 mpg better than my HP-equipped Ti during the time I had it, but I only had it for around 1100 miles and I didn't take overly-accurate notes on it.
03-11-2014 07:57 PM
bshin352
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Originally Posted by mittencuh View Post
It's hard to tell because my car is still relatively fresh but when I put my soft winter tires on a set of 15" wheels (coming from the 18s) my average went from 31 to 33 mpg. So I'd guess there is small savings from 18-17.
17 wheels arent as wide as the 18. Less frontal area to work with aerodynamics.
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