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Ford Expedition, GMC Envoy, Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Pathfinder, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#683 of 1080 Ford EB EXPEDITION with 4.6
Dec 25, 2004 (4:58 pm)
Ipreviously owned a 2003 ford expedition with a 5.4 engine. i averaged about 14 MPG in town and 18 on the highway. i just purchased my second ford expedition a 2004 eb expedition with the smaller engine. my mileage has improved. i now get 16.5 -17 in town, and 19.5 to 21 on the highway. The way i drive is i accelerate to cruising speed very slowly. When going up hills i back off slightly from RPM's this slows my speed down, but i save gas, I try to keep the Tach under 2000 Rpm's usually around 1800 or so, and i dont back off to much when going down hill, but slightly, do not acclerate going down hill, you take advantage of the Energy of the weight of the vehicle on downgrades.One other tip-in city driving dont do jack rabbit starts, most of the idiots i see doing this i usually catch up to them at the next traffic light side by side, they actually sit their and idle with foot on brake longer than i, because of their jack rabbit starts. remember slow acceleration and start decelerating long before you get to the place where you are stopping. Also keep the tires properly inflated. Beleive it or not how insignificant it may be, but keeping a vehicle clean reduces what they call parasitic drag. you can actually inprove mileage by having a clean and waxed vehicle. also a combo of snythetic and regular oil. ford states a 5w 20 this gives the best mileage. I do all these things and over a years time , have added bucks into my pocket. hope this helps
#684 of 1080 Steadily falling...
Dec 28, 2004 (2:46 pm)
2004 Honda CRV EX Auto, purchased in July, 7000 miles
Just had my first tank of gas that fell below 20 mpg. I was getting sick to my stomach when it was falling below 22 mpg, and now I'm at 19 mpg. I'm astounded... this cold weather is KILLING me. It is going to be one hell of a winter if I keep getting mileage like this. This sucks.
#685 of 1080 Re: Steadily falling... [hkjcrv]
Dec 28, 2004 (6:28 pm)
hkjcrv... look at it this way, how many miles do you drive? could be insignfigant. try a higher grade gas. might work out a bit better. i get better 'mileage', so it doesn't hurt as much. costs more, though. overall, it's better than walking.
#686 of 1080 Re: Steadily falling... [explorerx4]
Dec 29, 2004 (3:57 pm)
It's pretty significant. I used to be able to get 300 miles out of a tank of gas and now I usually get between 230 and 250... definitely a significant drop off. I was getting away with filling my gas tank every 12 to 14 days and now it's more like every 6 to 9. Sucks.
Dec 29, 2004 (6:28 pm)
It was pretty good reading your posts over in the ""the future of fuel efficient vehicles, have you missed it"" forum . I saw that one poster tried to tell you that it is the vehicle, not the driver...
I have been having similar discussions with this poster about the many factors in fuel efficiency...including the driver factor, which IMO is a very important component in conserving fuel...as well as in safety. Also, you have proven what most of us know....that driving style affects fuel economy...and thus it is on topic for the people who think they can buy a small car and drive like its the INDY 500 and still get good gas mileage....that always cracks me up...LOL.....
Size of vehicle also matters....but it is not the only factor in fuel efficiency. It is possible to get relatively good gas mileage in larger vehicles.
I just got back from LA....and tried some of the techniques....I got 20 mpg for the cayenne , going about 60 mph for over 60 miles...with a full load, some drafting, and using lots of electricity.
thanks...and a Happy New Year to all !!
guess for some people it will always be the vehicle .....
#688 of 1080 Ford Escape Mileage
Jan 04, 2005 (12:34 pm)
Ours gets about 18 city 22/23 highway depending on how hard it is being pushed. With a 15 gallon tank and a low fuel light that pops on at 13 gallons the cruising range is awful. PUT A BIGGER GAS TANK IN IT!
We have a Pacifica that is a hog in the city, 15 mpg but does 21.5 highway. With a 23 gallon tank the cruising range is fantastic. The Pacifica is a joy to drive on the highway, I really love that rig on a long trip.
Here is a piece on improving fuel mileage
How to improve gas mileage:
#689 of 1080 Re: Ford Escape Mileage [briham]
Jan 05, 2005 (7:03 pm)
i'm sure the physical size of each vehicle has something to do with the gas tank size.
#690 of 1080 Re: Ford Escape Mileage [explorerx4]
Jan 05, 2005 (8:06 pm)
If you are driving 345 miles (23mpg x 15 gallons)without stopping to use the bathroom/eat (that is about 6 hours when you are traveling at 60mph)then you are pretty tough
I guess I like to stop every 4-5 hours to stretch, get a drink, and fuel up
Jan 06, 2005 (1:45 pm)
I like to have range so I can go for more than 7 days between fill ups.
Also, it allows you to get gas for lower prices when you have more time to perhaps get to an area where gas is cheaper.
I'm not talking about going out of your way to get gas, but instead you could just fill up whenever you are below half tank, and still have useful range.
So more range is good.
Foresters are pretty good, 15.9 gallons and 30mpg highway, so 477 miles. But that's only if you use those last two gallons that noone likes to use up.
#692 of 1080 Re: Ford Escape Mileage [dc_driver]
Jan 06, 2005 (4:41 pm)
cayenne has 26 gal x 17 mpg = 442 mile range...
but we stop every 2-3 hours to stretch and munch.....
suburban has 44 gal x 16 mpg = 704 mile range
all assuming you are driving to maximize mpg....
spirited driving ( and speeds greater than 65 mph) causes fuel economy to decrease.