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Old 09-30-2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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2013 Fuel Economy

I just did my first fill up after buying my 2013 Focus. Well First fill up I paid for. The dealer went with me to the gas station right after buying it and filled it up for me. Now that it has had 2 fill ups, I was able to calculate my fuel usage. I got 23.7 mpg out of it. That was with 95% city driving. My gauge cluster shows 24.4 mpg. I did put about 100 miles on a partial tank of gas in the 4 days of driving I did in it before signing the papers to buy it. Right now the car has 400 miles on it. Is that MPG about right? I know I've heard the car gets better gas mileage after it breaks in but I don't know if that's true or not as this is my first brand new vehicle. Also I did do some fast take offs and all with it one day which I know hurts the fuel economy a little. It has the automatic transmission in it.


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Old 09-30-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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Definitely give it some time. The more coasting you can do (fuel system shuts off when you take your foot off the gas) the better.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:42 AM   #3
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My first tank was like 23mpg, I've since gotten to the point where I average ~30 and I'm usually 70-80% city driving.

Sadly though even with 90% highway the highest I've ever gotten hand-calculated was just over 34mpg :(

Though, highway/freeway speeds in FL are 70mph speed limit and that certainly is at the point where mpg starts to go down.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:56 AM   #4
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My first tank was like 23mpg, I've since gotten to the point where I average ~30 and I'm usually 70-80% city driving.

Sadly though even with 90% highway the highest I've ever gotten hand-calculated was just over 34mpg :(

Though, highway/freeway speeds in FL are 70mph speed limit and that certainly is at the point where mpg starts to go down.
My first tank average was 33 even after subtracting the 18 miles from delivery (3 when it came off the truck, 9 put on during the test drive and another 6 for some reason when they went to prep the car for delivery. My cumulative average is nearer to 34.9 mpg over the past 5000 miles or so.

With a peak thus far of 42.063 mpg at 65 mph for extended periods of time (well trying to make as few stops as possible, didn't quite make the trip there and back on one tank of fuel, but didn't push for no stops either. That was with three people in the car and the weight of at least four people + overnight bags.

Normal work commute is about 10 miles each way, occasionally getting stuck in traffic there and back, about half city streets and half freeway, but since the actual interstate portion is only about 3 miles it doesn't really pay to go 70 unless you're in a hurry as the mileage would suffer quite badly if you were to accelerate to 70 and then come to a complete stop at the base of the exit ramp or somewhere along it after just a couple miles.

The first few days after I got the car I was seeing all kinds of ecomode messages I've never been able to see since, such as more details on how much time percentage wise of the trips were done with a cold engine. Now it either gives me the trophy or does not, even though all five leaves of both flowers are usually full all the way, but not if I've gotten into a bit of a mood where I need to wind the car out a bit more.

I guess I'm maybe trying to glide it up into higher gears and stay there if possible in traffic, and trying to leave enough space to coast down somewhat when its time to slow down. That doesn't always work.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:27 AM   #5
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I have a 2012 it got 24 ish before 1000 miles and I get on average mostly city 30 mpg
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:28 AM   #6
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I've got a '13 too and I am around 75-80% city/residential driving. I am averaging between 27-28 mpg both computer and calculator. I've got 1400 mi on so far. I am more than happy with the MPG numbers considering I have a bit of a heavy foot (attributed solely to the fun that I have in this car).
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:32 AM   #7
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Got my 2013 last Saturday and filled up once. The computer said 36.5 but calculated 34.7. So far this tank the computer shows 38.6. Took a 200 mile roadtrip and the computer showed 40.5 for that 200 miles. Have not filled the second time yet. Car has about 600 miles on it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:06 AM   #8
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Just completed a 400+ road trip. First 2 tanks were calculated 40 and 39.6 mpg. The third which is only 1/4 used shows 36.3 but was bucking a 20-30mph headwind all the way home from LaCrosse.
Enjoyed the ride and handling of the Focus through southern Wisconsin.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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The 2012 owners manual states:
"We do not recommend taking fuel economy measurements during the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of driving (engine break-in period). You will get a more accurate measurement after 2,000 miles–3,000 miles (3,000 km–5,000 km).

Guessing the 2013 would be similar but too lazy to verify...anyways, My experience was:
0-1000: low-mid 20's
1-2000: improved to just under 30
2-3000: improved to low 30's
3-4000+: low/mid 30's in mixed driving, finally seeing 39~42 on the highway

When I hit the 1,000 mile mark, the change occurred between fill-ups...
998, 999, 1000 >>Ding - Level Up! - 5mpg fuel economy upgrade unlocked<<

Subsequent improvements were also noticeable, but much more gradual.

I did a LOT of highway driving, which may or may not have something to do with the slightly longer break-in.

Also, it seems theres a slight power increase as the engine breaks in.

Give it some time and the occasional full throttle run, it'll break-in nicely.

As a side note, a few folks have noted the 18" wheels cost a few mpg as compared to the 15-17" wheels...YMMV

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The 2012 owners manual states:
"We do not recommend taking fuel economy measurements during the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of driving (engine break-in period). You will get a more accurate measurement after 2,000 miles–3,000 miles (3,000 km–5,000 km).

Guessing the 2013 would be similar but too lazy to verify...anyways, My experience was:
0-1000: low-mid 20's
1-2000: improved to just under 30
2-3000: improved to low 30's
3-4000+: low/mid 30's in mixed driving, finally seeing 39~42 on the highway

When I hit the 1,000 mile mark, the change occurred between fill-ups...
998, 999, 1000 >>Ding - Level Up! - 5mpg fuel economy upgrade unlocked<<

Subsequent improvements were also noticeable, but much more gradual.

I did a LOT of highway driving, which may or may not have something to do with the slightly longer break-in.

Also, it seems theres a slight power increase as the engine breaks in.

Give it some time and the occasional full throttle run, it'll break-in nicely.

As a side note, a few folks have noted the 18" wheels cost a few mpg as compared to the 15-17" wheels...YMMV

Cheers
Mine didn't seem to follow the same pattern.

For the first four tanks from delivery to just under 1300 miles the average was =34.2 in mixed driving (mostly commuting 10 mi or so per direction per day.

From 1300-2500 or so miles the average actually went down to 33.88.

From about 2500 to about 3300 the average was 35.74

From 3300 to 5027 or so miles the average was 35.68.

I've had a few tanks in the lower 40s, and one at 42.1 over 470.1 miles with three people in the car, but even the first tank averaged 33 mpg even after deducting the 18 miles from delivery from that figure.
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