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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#66 of 98 Tribute 2008,V6 AWD in Quebec city, Canada
Jul 28, 2008 (4:12 pm)
I got my Tribute on 2008/03/08. We had a record snowfall this year in Quebec city area, around 4.8 meters (15 feet) of snow.
I got around 14 MPG (U.S gallon) up to early May, 2008. The last tank I got 17 MPG (July 2008). Modifications done: I put 5W-20 mobil one syntetic oil and I just put last weekend a K % N air Filter and I got an "scan gauge II" recently as well.
Average around 15.5 MPG up to know with 80 % city and 20% highway driving.
Please note that temperature in the winter in Quebec city can go below minus 30 degrees Celcius January, February and March.
I love the car so far, but fuel consumption is overrated by Energy Canada (23MPG city/31 MPG highway) in Imperial galons, not U.S. gallons.
I hope the mileage improve with the K & N filter and changing my driving habits. .
The Mazda dealer told me around 5000 miles are required to break the engine.
#67 of 98 escape-tribute mpg
Jul 28, 2008 (5:20 pm)
we have Tribute 2.3 front drive auto 2006 with just over 50k miles now. For the past 6 months, I have getting a steady 29-30mpg (us), The key is careful use of the tachometer, keep your rpms as low as possible to get to your target speed. Don't be afraid to drive at 55mph even if the MAXimum speed limit is 65, No jack rabbit starts, ease off on the gas just before topping a hill, and use overdrive on level or near level grades. keep the tires properly inflated and the SUV well tuned.
I rarely top 2900 rpm.
I enjoy the car, and in the land of $4.25 us gas, the SUV goes a long way for a moderate amount of money.
#68 of 98 Re: Tribute 2008,V6 AWD in Quebec city, Canada [chiricano]
Jul 29, 2008 (2:31 pm)
you mileage does seem low.
since you replaced the air filter, we can rule that out. how did the original filter look when you replaced it?
i would check the tire pressures and bump them up a couple of pounds(or whatever) over the number on the door sticker. if the ride is too harsh for you, knock it down a bit.
on a street with a slight slope(not a hill!), i would put the windows down and coast a bit in neutral. do you hear any noises that sound like something could be binding or dragging?
i might take off the roof cross bars if you have them, but i don't think they make much difference in primarily city driving, and be careful you don't scratch the roof if you do.
check the odometer over a long run 20-40 miles if you have a chance.
none of these things will result in a big upswing in mileage, but they might help a bit.
let us know how things go as time goes on.
my wife has an '04 with part time 4x4, which has averaged i tick over 19 us mpg over 60k.
#69 of 98 06 Tribute i4 fwd
Aug 27, 2008 (6:09 am)
I have a 2006 Tribute. 4cyl auto, fwd. I drive 85% freeway and back roads and use the cruse control at 30+ mph as much as possible. I can get a consistent 28-30 MPG and have repeated 32+MPG on 100% highway trips. I have 36,000 miles on it.
#70 of 98 Re: 06 Tribute i4 fwd [rooski41]
Aug 27, 2008 (4:34 pm)
great job rooskie41,
I havn't been able to break through 32mpg yet, may have to remove roof crossbeams, drive w/o spare tire, since I drive very carefully. The regular 30mpg has been very good overall when you consider the total cost of ownership for this tribute. Just oil changes & filters so far with 53k total miles. A great wagon with plenty of room to load, and drives well.
#71 of 98 Re: 06 Tribute i4 fwd [bobsw1]
Aug 28, 2008 (5:29 am)
I never thought about the cross beams or the spare.... Sounds like good idea's. I am about due for new tires though. I understand good year makes a tire that's advertised as quiet. That would be a change from the Conti's road humm.
Are there any other add on's that can increase the mileage? K&N filter..etc.
#72 of 98 4 cyl AWD significantly better than 6 cyl AWD?
Sep 14, 2008 (6:32 am)
I read through this entire thread and it definitely sounds like the 4 cylinder can provide significantly better gas mileage than the 6 cylinder (it looks like I'm reading up to an 8mpg improvement). This contradicts Ford's own literature which, I believe, indicates more of a 1-2mpg improvement. Are they purposely downplaying the advantage of the 4 cylinder (perhaps because they want gas-conscious people to spend more on the Hybrid model?).
We're moving back to CT (from PA) and will likely pick up a used ('05-ish) Escape. We would like the AWD model, just in case we need it for some snow storms, but haven't decided whether to go with the 4 cyl or 6 cyl. If there really is such a significant difference in gas mileage, I'm thinking that the 4 cyl would be the better choice. That said, I'm also a little concerned that the 4 cyl could feel underpowered, and there's a possibility that I might someday want to use it to pull a small sailboat, so I don't know if the 4 cyl would be capable of towing anything.
Advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
#73 of 98 Re: 4 cyl AWD significantly better than 6 cyl AWD? [hipnetic]
Sep 15, 2008 (11:23 am)
You are going to like the V6 a lot better, especially if you are towing anything. The 4cyl. up to and including the 2008 model is best suited for a front wheel drive model with a manual transmission. It sure doesn't have much go with an automatic and all wheel drive. For 2009 Ford has a more powerful and larger 2.5 litre 4 cyl.
#74 of 98 Re: 4 cyl AWD significantly better than 6 cyl AWD? [bdyment]
Sep 15, 2008 (3:29 pm)
Bruce, thanks for your input. FWIW, I don't know that I'll ever be towing anything. It's a possibility, but who knows how things will turn out. I'd be curious to hear from some 4 cyl AWD owners to hear whether they think their Escape feels a bit underpowered or if they think it's perfectly fine.
#75 of 98 mileage computer
Oct 15, 2008 (8:38 pm)
just bought 05 limited v6 was expecting 20 around town trip computer says 13.7 avg ford guy told me the computer is out of whack I bought the limited for the trip computer can anone verify I hope this thing gets better than this