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Old 09-03-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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What is your MPG Sweet Spot?

At what speed do you find that you are getting the best gas mileage?

Is it an RPM sweet spot or an MPH sweet spot?

I have about 400 miles on my SE Sport, and do not want to drive too fast until well after break in period.

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Old 09-03-2011, 08:47 AM   #2
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I listen to my cars. This one seems happy at 60 mph in 5th gear.
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:42 AM   #3
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Bill, I have a 5spd hatchback 2012. I usually get 32-34 MPG town and a trip or two about 35 miles long mixed in there. Highway i was getting around 36-38 MPG. There other day I drove about 200 miles and a lot of it was paved back roads, doing about 50-55 MPH. I looked at my computer in the car and it said 40 MPG. I am thinking I found that sweet spot, but its a little slower than I would like. I am sure the 6spd auto trans. is going to have a high MPH sweet spot.

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Old 09-03-2011, 09:44 AM   #4
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When I go over 2500 rpm my mileage seems to drop.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:06 AM   #5
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When I go over 2500 rpm my mileage seems to drop.
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if youre punching it lol, but if youre keeping a steady pace at say 75-80 you should be seeing over 30mpg... not 38, that's peak mpg and 80mph is too fast for that, lol
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Here's my sweet spot
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That is the information I was looking for! And a picture is worth a thousand words, or 42.2 MPG!

You have a major advantage over most of us...
No hills in Florida!
They kill gas mileage here in NY.

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Old 09-03-2011, 12:08 PM   #8
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Interesting information from REDFOCZ. I have a Scan Guage on my Focus so can get a read on instant MPG. I have observed that at a steady 45 MPH the guage reads 53 MPG. At a steady speed of 60 MPH it reads 43 MPG and at a steady speed of 65 MPH it reads 39 MPG. I now have almost 3,000 miles on my Focus and for the 1st 8 tanks I've averaged 36.4 MPG - - about 75% highway miles - - traveling 67/68 MPH on the Interstates.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:59 PM   #9
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and at a steady speed of 65 MPH it reads 39 MPG.
Your area looks a little more hilly than FL would be, maybe that is the difference between 39 and 42 MPG.

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I was amazed my car coasted three blocks withput slowing down at all (in neutral manual tranny) going 30mph.
The pavement was level. Probably a little tail wind..
And yeah, a car is supposed to be most efficient around 40mph. With the great arodynamics on the Focus, that may be pushed up to 50mph..
My new (one weekold) car seems to like freeways with no one else around. good steady 60mph.. 50 mph.. as long as no stops!
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