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Old 12-06-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Does the Focus just have low mpg?

I used to have a 2006 cobalt coupe base model, and when I wrecked it I got a 2013 focus base. Both have roughly the same # of gears, are standard, amount of hp. is equal, and the power to weight is about the same (did the math). However I could drive like a dick with a 2.2 L and get 38 mpgs on average, and mid 50's when I tried. Now with a salvage title it gets 33 mpg with dented fender and sides, in town. Dents make it get 31 on highway. (miss the econ gauge and oil life meter which worked of the number engine revolutions) My new focus is nowhere near that which i will admit to the break in but drive the same way. What I want to know is that will driving the same with a standard get me less or more for results of mpg? I mean if a car with a bigger direct injection engine of the same weight can get better mpg where did ford go wrong?


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Old 12-06-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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Why would you expect anywhere close?

The 5 speed is rated 35mpg strictly highway. I wouldn't think much better would be possible without a change in driving habits.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:27 PM   #3
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I get mid 40s on a regular basis and I am NOT an eco-conscious driver.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
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However I could drive like a dick with a 2.2 L and get 38 mpgs on average, and mid 50's when I tried. ?
Gonna have to call BS on that one, especially the mid 50s part.

Fuelly data: http://www.fuelly.com/car/chevrolet/cobalt/2006

Your mileage on the Focus should improve after the break in period though. Give it a few thousand.
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Me and a friend drove to the city here while back we each took our own cars he has a 08 cobalt LT and my 2012 Focus SEL both driving the speed limit when we got to the city we both fueled up at the same gas station and he was getting 28 mpg and i was getting 39 mpg.

So i don't understand how your cobalt could have been doing so much better.
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...However I could drive like a dick with a 2.2 L and get 38 mpgs on average, and mid 50's when I tried...
Excuse me, do you talk about UK mpg ? Because I don't believe anything about 50' unless you are talking UK mpg. And even then, I doubt a Cobalt has beter mpg than a TDi of same type. And I have not yet found a gasoline car doing 50 mpg (US mpg).
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maybe everywhere he drives is downhill?
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maybe everywhere he drives is downhill?
Then, why to get a car ?



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where are you getting your mpg's from? Sounds like your just reading what your computer is telling you in the car. Which in my experience GM cars over inflate this number big time.

to get accurate fuel mileage you need to fill your tank, reset your trip odometer. Then drive. On your next fill up you take the miles driven and divide by the gallons put into the tank and that gives you REAL WORLD MPG'S!

This is just about the only way to get an accurate number regarding fuel economy.
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Excuse me, do you talk about UK mpg ? Because I don't believe anything about 50' unless you are talking UK mpg. And even then, I doubt a Cobalt has beter mpg than a TDi of same type. And I have not yet found a gasoline car doing 50 mpg (US mpg).
Hate to stir the pot, but Honda did it... for at least 6 years running.

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