Low MPG on new 2012 Titanium Hatch - Page 16 - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Third Generation > MK3 Focus

MK3 Focus The place to chat about general questions, window tinting, exterior body, interior and lighting upgrades for the third generation 2012-Current Focus.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #151
cbdallas
Focus Addict
 
cbdallas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Fan#: 100296
Location: Wylie, TX
What I Drive: 2014 Titanium 5-speed

Posts: 872
Points 2,441, Level 29
Points: 2,441, Level: 29 Points: 2,441, Level: 29 Points: 2,441, Level: 29
Level Up 94% Completed
Level up: 94% Level up: 94% Level up: 94%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 3 cbdallas Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
My Ti w/handling package topped out at 28.2 mixed highway / side roads. I've never checked it on pure highway driving.
cbdallas is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-07-2013, 05:30 PM   #152
jamesy628
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Fan#: 106893
Location: South Boston, MA
What I Drive: 2012 Ford Focus SEL HB - Red Candy

Posts: 25
FF Reputation: 1 jamesy628 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dan50 View Post
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!
__________________
2012 Ford Focus SEL
Hatchback, Red Candy Metallic, Automatic DCT,
Equip 303A, Winter Package, Moonroof, 17" Alloy
jamesy628 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 05:41 PM   #153
hotleadsingerguy
Focus Addict
 
hotleadsingerguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Fan#: 86687
Location: Cleveland, United States
What I Drive: 2012 Black Titanium 5-Door

Posts: 882
FF Reputation: 5 hotleadsingerguy Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cbdallas View Post
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.
hotleadsingerguy is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-09-2013, 11:26 AM   #154
HuskerFocus
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Fan#: 100149
Location: Champaign, IL
What I Drive: 2012, Ingot Silver, SEL Hatch

Posts: 148
FF Reputation: 1 HuskerFocus Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesy628 View Post
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.
__________________
Vehicles: 2012 Focus SEL - Ingot Silver - +MyFord Touch
Mods: Drop in K&N Air filter, 30% Tint
Build Date: 12/19/2011
HuskerFocus is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-04-2013, 07:13 PM   #155
Tra1969
Focus Enthusiast
 
Tra1969's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Fan#: 99323
Location: SouthWest, MI
What I Drive: 2012, Tuxedo Black, Focus Titianum

Posts: 75
Points 42, Level 1
Points: 42, Level: 1 Points: 42, Level: 1 Points: 42, Level: 1
Level Up 84% Completed
Level up: 84% Level up: 84% Level up: 84%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 1 Tra1969 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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:

Basic Stats

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

11414 Total Miles Tracked
__________________
2012 Focus Titanium HatchBack 4/9/2012
Tuxedo Black Metallic
400a, winter package, 17" alloy wheels, .select shift (sst)
Moonroof, Sony MFT, siriusxm
Tra1969 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-04-2013, 10:31 PM   #156
ricomtl
Focus Enthusiast
 
ricomtl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Fan#: 97818
Location: Montreal, Canada
What I Drive: 2012 Focus Titanium Hatch Tx. Black

Posts: 216
Points 757, Level 14
Points: 757, Level: 14 Points: 757, Level: 14 Points: 757, Level: 14
Level Up 57% Completed
Level up: 57% Level up: 57% Level up: 57%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 1 ricomtl Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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!
ricomtl is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-05-2013, 03:42 AM   #157
VanceVEP72
Focus Enthusiast
 
VanceVEP72's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Fan#: 115153
Location: Phoenix, United States
What I Drive: 2013 Oxford White 5-Dr Hatchback SE

Posts: 88
Points 222, Level 4
Points: 222, Level: 4 Points: 222, Level: 4 Points: 222, Level: 4
Level Up 44% Completed
Level up: 44% Level up: 44% Level up: 44%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 1 VanceVEP72 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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.
VanceVEP72 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-05-2013, 07:17 AM   #158
raptor1956
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Fan#: 97725
Location: Taylorsville, UT
What I Drive: 2012, Sonic Blue, Focus Titanium

Posts: 1,253
Points 4,180, Level 41
Points: 4,180, Level: 41 Points: 4,180, Level: 41 Points: 4,180, Level: 41
Level Up 15% Completed
Level up: 15% Level up: 15% Level up: 15%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 1 raptor1956 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by kam327 View Post
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.


Brian
__________________
2012 FF Ti HB Sonic Blue, Built 5/7/12, 401A + Parking Technology Package and MFT w/NAV 3.0.2 -> 3.2.2 -> 3.5.1 -> 3.6.2
raptor1956 is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-05-2013, 07:52 AM   #159
kam327
-----<M>-----
 
kam327's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Fan#: 94700
Location: Tampa, FL
What I Drive: '14 Ruby Ti w/ Handling Pkg

Posts: 2,443
Points 6,565, Level 53
Points: 6,565, Level: 53 Points: 6,565, Level: 53 Points: 6,565, Level: 53
Level Up 8% Completed
Level up: 8% Level up: 8% Level up: 8%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 12 kam327 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by raptor1956 View Post
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.


Brian
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.
kam327 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-05-2013, 08:24 AM   #160
valmundo
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Fan#: 89368
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
What I Drive: 2012 Focus SE & 2013 ST2

Posts: 445
Points 4,021, Level 40
Points: 4,021, Level: 40 Points: 4,021, Level: 40 Points: 4,021, Level: 40
Level Up 36% Completed
Level up: 36% Level up: 36% Level up: 36%
Forum Activity 4%
Activity: 4% Activity: 4% Activity: 4%
FF Reputation: 12 valmundo Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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.
valmundo is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:03 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat