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Ford Expedition, GMC Envoy, Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Pathfinder, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#48 of 1080 Nissan Pathfinder SE 2000
Oct 20, 2000 (5:07 am)
City average 16.8 Imp mpg
Combined average 21.01 Imp mpg
Highway average 23.23 Imp mpg (Hwy 20-22 Imp mpg with 9ft Kayak on roof rack and camping supplies piled inside)
Although fuel is sold by liters up here, I always change it to Imperial gallons.
Please remember there is a difference in Imperial gallons to US gallons.
I didn't do the math conversion from the Imperial Gallon to the US gallon or to the Metric Liters.
4.546 L = 1 Imperial gallon
1 Imperial gallon =1.25 US gallons
1 US gallon = .75 Imperial gallons
#49 of 1080 Nissan Pathfinder SE 2000
Oct 20, 2000 (5:11 am)
Forgot to mention, it is also 4X4.
#50 of 1080 '98 Mercury Mountaineer V8 AWD
Oct 22, 2000 (9:04 pm)
With 40,000 miles, never better than 15mpg on 100% freeway and 9-11 mpg in the city. Average in mixed mode is about 12 mpg; thank god it's regular fuel!
EPA was 14/18 mpg; EPA dyno operator must have been on coffee break or asleep at the switch when they tested this puppy.
Interesting Ford Motor Co. statement in a recent article on the new Explorer/Mountaineer coming out early next year with the 4.6L V-8 instead of the 40-year-old 5.0L V8 -- here's how they plan to increase mpg by 25% in these SUVs:
1. Increase vehicle weight by 250-300 pounds (huh?)
2. Keep the same aerodynamics as before (huh?)
3. Admit that the 4.6L is not that much more fuel-efficient than the old 5.0L (OK)
4. (Drumroll - here's The Real Answer):
a. Install 5-speed automatic instead of 4-speed
with new model introduction
b. Within a year after that, introduce a 6- speed automatic
In other words - gear that sucker down to where it will be doing about 1200 rpm at 70 mph, a "semi-coast" mode. Hope all you folks towing something like dropping back into 3rd or 4th gear to go up 2% grades!
Sounds like a way to fool the EPA highway mpg test - wanna bet the new numbers with the 6-speed look like "14 mpg city, 28 mpg highway"?!
#51 of 1080 Not a 6-speed - it's a 7-speed!
Oct 23, 2000 (6:27 pm)
Just to be accurate --
Ford is introducing their "Powershift" Auto Trans in a year or so - it's a 6-forward-speed trans plus reverse so it's called a 7-speed. Close enough.
Interesting that Ford claims this unit will improve MPG by only 6% over current AT units - where will the other 19% of projected improvement come from - solid rubber tires?
If you want more facts on the PowerShift unit, check "blueoval.com" site.
#52 of 1080 2001 Tahoe mileage
Oct 27, 2000 (1:44 pm)
I've just had my Tahoe a month but got 17 with a few 50 mile trips to Salt Lake City and back. Just putting around town locally got 16.
#53 of 1080 1999 Explorer XLT V-6 SOHC
Oct 28, 2000 (11:02 pm)
I live in San Diego and have had my Explorer for
only 1.5 mo., but have driven 2000 miles and am
getting 18mpg overall... haven't been on any
trips with it tho...
#54 of 1080 Explorer
Oct 30, 2000 (6:15 am)
I have a 98 Explorer XLT V8 AWD and got 18.8mpg on the 100% freeway and >14 with city and freeway. That was until the tire recall. I now bested 15.4mpg with 100% freeway and 13mpg mixed. It seems that the Bridgestone Dueler APT II's are dragging.
#55 of 1080 LX470/X5 3.0i
Nov 13, 2000 (1:30 am)
In town the LX averges 14 mpg. On the hwy, avg speed 75, 16.5 avg.
X5 in town avg 17, on hwy avg spd 75, 22 mpg
#56 of 1080 2001 Tahoe LS
Nov 13, 2000 (2:44 pm)
First tank of gas in new Tahoe (w 5.3 L) =
That was a mix of city and highway miles. It has Goodyear tires.
#57 of 1080 Escape XLT
Nov 14, 2000 (9:52 pm)
11 MPG in imperial gallons. Not good