Originally Posted by Some Guy From NY
I had a V6 4wd Escape and was getting just about 20mpg city. In My previous 2002 4wd Explorer I was getting a solid 11-12mpg city. I did get 20-22mpg highway with it which was ABOVE the EPA highway rating.
I see this once in a while on here and other forums. People claiming to get only a few more mpg with their Focus than their old V6 or V8 4WD SUV under the same driving conditions. It's exceedingly hard (for me) to understand how that could be. Especially since my own experience with my last 4 cars on the same commute is that I got at or moderately above the EPA combined rating with all of them. I do think that modern cars are becoming tuned more and more just to maximize the EPA ratings for marketing purposes, at the expense of all-low or -high speed operation. But still...