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Old 01-07-2013, 01:50 PM   #151
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My Ti w/handling package topped out at 28.2 mixed highway / side roads. I've never checked it on pure highway driving.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:30 PM   #152
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Driving conditions, driving style, temperature, terrain, wind, winter gas all make a huge difference in fuel economy. Try this: get to a reasonably level highway where you can hold a constant speed for a fair distance. Set the cruise control at 60 moh and reset the mpg part of the trip computer. After 5 miles or so you should show average mpg in the high 30s. If so, your car is in all likelihood fine; your disappointing mpg is because of your driving conditions or style.

Unless you have a sticking brake or grossly under inflated tires, there are a very limited number of mpg harmful things that can be wrong without the car throwing a code.
Thanks, I am not sure if my driving style is anything out of the ordinary. I don't speed or drive crazy nor do ride the brake. It could be that the roads in Boston are just terrible.

I'll try your suggestion though!
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:41 PM   #153
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My Ti w/handling package topped out at 28.2 mixed highway / side roads. I've never checked it on pure highway driving.
That's almost exactly my average too for the same. I had like 75% highway driving and an average of like 28.3mpg. Straight highway driving (fill up, drive 8 hours on the highway at like 68mph) yielded around 33mpg.

Never got even close to the 37mpg they state on the EPA lol that must have been at 55mph.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:26 AM   #154
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Thanks, I am not sure if my driving style is anything out of the ordinary. I don't speed or drive crazy nor do ride the brake. It could be that the roads in Boston are just terrible.

I'll try your suggestion though!
Also if you do a lot of stop and go ... basically "Big City Driving", I would expect the MPGs would be much less than the EPA estimate.

I live in Champaign, IL (Home of the Univ of IL, but I'm not a student), and I get 28-30 "City" ... but on my 7-8 mile drive to work, I only go by 6 lights or so. I would assume your commute and general surroundings would mean a lot more stop and go.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:13 PM   #155
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I've been tracking mine since Sept. of 2012. Highway best at 70 to 75 mph is 31.5 to 33.8 mpg's Back country roads and some city diving is running 26.5 to 30.5 mpg's I'm pretty sure this is the best mine will do. I think if I slowed down to 45 to 50 mph on the freeway I might squeeze the 37 mpg's out of it or at least that is what Ford told me, but that would have to be in the summer time and not the winter with the thicker air :) again that is what Ford told me. But If I get to frustrated over it it just take my 2003 f-150 for a ride and at 12.5 to 13.5 mpg I look forward to getting back in the Focus. Below are my actual Fuelly numbers:

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28.6 -- avg MPG
26.0 (-4.5) last MPG
33.8 (12/28/12) best MPG

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #156
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I have 14000 miles on, and with 60% highway and 40% city, my average is 27.4mpg... this car SUCKS big times for city mileage it's not even funny!
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:42 AM   #157
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With a whopping 570 miles on my Focus, I am averaging 27-28 mpg with 90% city driving. My commute to work is about 3 miles and a LOT of stop/go. Also, here in Phoenix, we are on "summer blend" fuel which contains I believe 10% Ethanol. It is also 100+ degrees here during the day.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:17 AM   #158
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No way, my own testing and experience is 37-38 mpg at 70 mph with light wind and little elevation change. Popular Mechanics reported only 33mpg on a 70 mph trip, compared to the Elantra's 39mpg. And that was with the SFE package.
Yes it's possible if the wind was really favorable but that won't happen 100% of the time. All to often claims of unusually high mpg are either cherry picked from the best they've ever gotten. Add to that the error you get refilling a tank you can easily get a variation of plus/minus 3mpg or more just with variation in tank filling.

The only reliable way to measure mpg short of having a special gas tank you can accurately determine fuel level is to average over many gas tanks. Three or four tanks should get you pretty close but to account for variations in wind speed/direction and other factors you need months or even a year.


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Yes it's possible if the wind was really favorable but that won't happen 100% of the time. All to often claims of unusually high mpg are either cherry picked from the best they've ever gotten. Add to that the error you get refilling a tank you can easily get a variation of plus/minus 3mpg or more just with variation in tank filling.

The only reliable way to measure mpg short of having a special gas tank you can accurately determine fuel level is to average over many gas tanks. Three or four tanks should get you pretty close but to account for variations in wind speed/direction and other factors you need months or even a year.


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I think you're wrong on both counts. Neither I nor Popular Mechanics had any intersest in artifically inflating mpg numbers. Of course those should be considered baseline numbers. You can get even better with a tailwind (several posters on this site have reported mid-40's on a highway trip) or worse with a tailwind.

And there are other reliable ways to measure mpg. Such as accurately measuring the weight of the car before and after to calculate fuel weight loss. That's what PM did IIRC.
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I have the 5spd Ti Hatch with the Handling package (Stiffer suspension and 18" rims). The car is rated as 26 city 36 highway or 30 combined.

When I do all city driving, I can easily beat the city rating...but not by much. I get an average of 27mpg for all city driving. If I do all highway driving (100%...doesn't happen often), I can get 38. However, most of the time, I do a combined driving ratio of 60% city, 40% highway. In that scenario, I get about 28.

For me, I think the tire and stiffer suspension makes the car take a hit in mileage.

Our other Focus, and SE Sport with the DCT, can easily average 32mpg combined under similar driving circumstances.

Still happy with the car though.
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