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Ford Freestyle, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
Aug 18, 2009 (10:07 pm)
We have had our 2006 Ford Freestyle for about a year and a half. City mileage is around 14 mpg while highway is 29-30. I've actually driven straight highway between fillups and achieved 30 mpg on flat land. With our combination of driving, normal is 19-21 mpg which isn't bad for a 2 ton vehicle.
Pickup trucks that size are lucky to get 16 highway.
I find light acceleration inefficient in the CVT. It feels as if the gear isn't catching until 2500 rpm and then the programming brings it down to 2000 rpm with your foot in the same accelerator position when you hit 35 mph. Coasting is where the CVT excels which at the same time requires increased brake use in heavy traffic. You can take your foot off the gas and slow down 2 mph while an automatic transmission would slow you down 10 mph in the same time.
I'd like to see mpg with a 4-speed automatic (geared for a car) and a 4.6L V8.
#373 of 389 Re: SEL FWD [vicenac]
May 11, 2010 (8:10 pm)
my 06 frestyle FWD sucks lots of gas but my ford 500 with the same engine and trans gets up to 24 miles per gallon. anyone can help here since i am clueless.
#374 of 389 Re: SEL FWD [dominicano51]
May 12, 2010 (11:51 am)
I have the same Freestyle. Bought it new and it just turned 20,000 miles. It gets very poor mileage – nothing like the 27 MPG that was advertised by Ford. Other people say they get great mileage, so go figure. Welcome to the club.
#375 of 389 Re: SEL FWD [helton]
May 18, 2010 (3:46 pm)
I get great MPGs in my '05 front drive Freestyle, a high of 31 one time, and usually about 19 in city driving. However, after hearing about chronic low MPG in some Freestyles, I wonder if those owners having that problem have some internal calibration problem or a part out of tolerance which causes excess friction and drag in some.
#376 of 389 Re: SEL FWD [coldcranker]
May 20, 2010 (12:55 pm)
"I get great MPGs in my '05 front drive Freestyle, a high of 31 one time, and usually about 19 in city driving. However, after hearing about chronic low MPG in some Freestyles, I wonder if those owners having that problem have some internal calibration problem or a part out of tolerance which causes excess friction and drag in some. "
The highest I got in my 06 SEL was 35, all LA freeways.
#377 of 389 2005 SE FWD
May 20, 2010 (5:53 pm)
I get in the low 20's MPG for normal driving and around 26mpg on the highway. One thing around town is that with the CVT if you constantly floor it after stop signs and traffic lights the MPG really goes down. The only time I hit 30mpg was when I kept the highway speed under 65mph the whole time.
#378 of 389 Re: SEL FWD [dominicano51]
May 25, 2010 (4:53 am)
WE have an '06 limited that we have always gotten great gas mileage on. It currently has 128,000 miles on it, and I still get 24 MPG in mixed driving and over 30 MPG on highway trips.
#379 of 389 Re: 2005 SE FWD [bobw3]
May 26, 2010 (7:19 am)
Yep, because the Freestyle is shaped like a box, keeping the speed down is extremely important, as it really is on just about any vehicle. My best was when cruising on the low-speed-limit semi-rural highways near Jackson Hole, WY, where the speed limits are a low 55 (so I did about 59 or so), where I got, if I remember right, about 31 MPG. I remember it was over thirty anyway.
Apr 24, 2011 (8:35 pm)
After now owning a 2006 Freestyle for three years, here are my thoughts.
City MPG is horrendous due to its weight.
We average traffic lights every 1/3 of a mile on main roads and unnecessary stop signs every 3 blocks on back streets. 14 MPG.
Highway MPG (60-65MPH with little or no braking) is wonderful at 30+.
Mathematically, even 15% city will KILL overall MPG.
At 15/85, 14mpg and 30mpg equal <26mpg.
#381 of 389 Re: After 3 years [focusowner2]
Apr 25, 2011 (7:17 am)
"City MPG is horrendous due to its weight.
We average traffic lights every 1/3 of a mile on main roads and unnecessary stop signs every 3 blocks on back streets. 14 MPG. "
I owned a 2006 FWD SEL. I regularly got 18-21 in town with careful acceleration, not speeding towards lights, and staying off the brakes. However the best I did on the highway was about 26-27 (at 75 MPH). I seldom had it on the road, and mine is one of the worst possible driving scenarios - short trips of less than 10 miles each way.
It is difficult, but possible.