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Old 04-23-2012, 02:48 PM   #811
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I generally average around 37mpg when travelling at 70mph. I usually stick around 62-65mph though since I then average closer to 40-42. The difference is even larger when it is a flat highway. I suspect though with more.. mpg friendly tires and 91 octane gas (E0), that 70mph would average closer to 40mpg as well.

New exhaust system such as the fswerks stealth would help inch that a little more, but that's a good chunk of cash to law down for another mpg or two.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:01 PM   #812
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my SE '12 100% stock is doing:

City: 37mpg on 91octane fuel at 77F
Highway: 51mpg on 91octane fuel at 86F

both measurements with 30psi on 16" factory alloys
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Thats with a spectra filter, 17x7.5 rims, 235x40 tires (back set at -2 camber), coilovers, and my rear diffuser and front pan.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:25 PM   #814
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my SE '12 100% stock is doing:

City: 37mpg on 91octane fuel at 77F
Highway: 51mpg on 91octane fuel at 86F

both measurements with 30psi on 16" factory alloys
I have to believe the gallon is larger in Costa Rica than it is in the mainland. Don't you use the imperial gallon versus the US gallon? The 10pound/gallon (water) imperial gallon is just over 20% bigger than the 8.33 pound/gallon US gallon. So, taking your numbers and converting to US I get 30.8 city, and 42.5 highway. Still pretty darn good...


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Old 04-23-2012, 03:31 PM   #815
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Average up to 28.5 now after 1600 miles. Still not great.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:45 PM   #816
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I have to believe the gallon is larger in Costa Rica than it is in the mainland. Don't you use the imperial gallon versus the US gallon? The 10pound/gallon (water) imperial gallon is just over 20% bigger than the 8.33 pound/gallon US gallon. So, taking your numbers and converting to US I get 30.8 city, and 42.5 highway. Still pretty darn good...
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actually I've checked the numbers and we're both wrong..

we use us gallons but our measurements are in km. so, taking for example 9.7km/lt this will give me: 37km/lt so it's 23mpg driving in city... not so good :S I'm wondering if the quality of gas is the key here....
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actually I've checked the numbers and we're both wrong..

we use us gallons but our measurements are in km. so, taking for example 9.7km/lt this will give me: 37km/lt so it's 23mpg driving in city... not so good :S I'm wondering if the quality of gas is the key here....
City driving only, with multiple traffic-light stops per mile yields about 23 MPG. It's what I get along with others in my area. (OC Ca). What Ford defines as city driving is a mystery to me as they apparently skipped Ca cities.

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City driving only, with multiple traffic-light stops per mile yields about 23 MPG. It's what I get along with others in my area. (OC Ca). What Ford defines as city driving is a mystery to me as they apparently skipped Ca cities.

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Ford and every other motor manufacturer who wants to sell cars in the US must meet the Federal testing proceedures established by the U.S. EPA in order to certify their emissions and fuel economy results based on a dynomometer or rolling road test performed indoors in carefully controlled laboratory condtions, usually on a reference fuel of 100% pure gasoline (where as most fuel is now blended to 10% ethanol in the U.S. that would adversely affect real world MPG)


US FTP test cycle for City driving.


US EPA HWFET test cycle profile for highway driving


The new and improved higher speed and agressive driving US06 Federal test proceedure profile.



US SC03 which also is more agressive, but also features testing the effect of the hvac system (a/c).

UN/ECE Urban drive cycle (European City test profile)


UN/ECE Extra Urban drive cycle test profile.

The ECE cycles are much easier on a car and therefore tend to show inflated numbers even after you factor out the 20% larger imperial gallon or convert directly from L/100km to mi/gal
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Originally I thought it was my car but several owners in my area get the same number of 23 MPG, I like the car but in this geographical area 28 is just not attainable with city driving.

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well, here in Costa Rica it's not so bad.. my previous cars were 20mpg and 16mpg so I feel very good with the Focus doing 23mpg :)

what I don't understand is: what the F$%& do I have to do to achieve those 28mpg from the ford's brochure?
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