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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#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
#76 of 98 Re: mileage computer [newfordman]
Oct 16, 2008 (4:14 am)
Figure the mileage manually and compare it to the trip computer read out. That will tell you if the trip computer is correct or not. Mileage in the city depends on how heavy the traffic is and how many stops you make. Twenty seems on the high side and 13.5 seems a little bit low.
#77 of 98 Re: mileage computer [newfordman]
Oct 20, 2008 (6:07 pm)
Computer on my 05 V6 AWD reads low by about 5%. Mileage in and around Chicago area is about 15 MPG. On a recent highway trip I got 27.1 MPG driving at 60 MPH or less on flat ground without the A/C.
I am using 5-20 Mobil1 full synthetic in the engine and have about 50% Mobil1 synthetic tranny fluid in the automatic.
You might want to check the Nov. 08 issue of Consumer reports. They have a report on SUV and P/U tires. They also cover rolling resistance and its effect on MPG. Just my $0.02.
#78 of 98 Re: mileage computer [fjb37]
Oct 21, 2008 (4:57 pm)
how about posting the results?