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Ford Focus, Ford Focus SVT, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#120 of 185 Re: mileage woes [johnplisap]
Jul 27, 2012 (2:33 pm)
how many miles do you have on the car? I have 2300 and am averaging about 21 with mostly city driving. I'm with you I was hoping to get at least 25MPG for city but it doesn't seem to be getting that.
#121 of 185 Re: mileage woes [johnplisap]
Jul 28, 2012 (5:38 am)
Hey guys, mileage should improve maybe 3-4 mpg after a couple thousand miles of break in. But you also gotta remember that 4-cyl cars have a much greater variation in mileage due to driving habits than 6 or 8 cyl cars. Heavy city driving will put you further below the EPA city rating than in a 6 or 8 cyl car.
One important trick to remember is to coast to lights or stop signs whenever possible. As soon as you see a light up ahead turn yellow start coasting. That shuts off the fuel and gives you free distance, greatly increasing your mpg.
I'm getting 33 mpg in suburban commuting, some long stretches of 40-60mph road but also lots of stops and some city driving at the other end.
#122 of 185 Re: mileage woes [kam327]
Jul 28, 2012 (6:31 am)
It should not make that much difference in mileage being a four cylinder. Besides, I haven't heard the spokesperson for Ford give stipulations to the 40 mpg that they advertise on their brand.
I previosly exceeded mpg on a Mazda3 with a four cylinder engine. Hopefully my mileage of average 29.48 will improve with the adjustments Ford did for my focus se hatcbback. That rating was an average of 5 fillups of 100% gasoline with 80% driving on 4 lane highway. I'm hoping for the best! They did get my sync system to operating properly so that was an improvemet.
#123 of 185 Re: mileage woes [bwhittle216]
Jul 30, 2012 (4:15 am)
"It should not make that much difference in mileage being a four cylinder."
In my experience with my cars it does. The 4-banger just generally has to work harder to move that mass around town. And to run the a/c.
"Besides, I haven't heard the spokesperson for Ford give stipulations to the 40 mpg that they advertise on their brand."
Ha ha, that's funny. When have you ever heard a manufacturer make real world stipulations about the EPA ratings of their cars? That's the reason for the lawsuits surrounding the Honda Civic electric and the Hyundai Elantra.
"I previosly exceeded mpg on a Mazda3 with a four cylinder engine. Hopefully my mileage of average 29.48 will improve with the adjustments Ford did for my focus se hatcbback. That rating was an average of 5 fillups of 100% gasoline with 80% driving on 4 lane highway. I'm hoping for the best! "
Well you're exceeding the Focus's city rating anyway. Depends on how many stops you have on the 4-lane highway - are you talking about an interstate or a suburban/country road? Mileage will improve over the first couple thousand miles as the tires wear down a little and the engine internals break in, reducing friction.
Aug 01, 2012 (6:34 am)
Seriously, there is no good way to spin getting 19 mpg on a 2012 Ford Focus. Mileage may vary, driving habits, blah, blah blah. Engine needs broken in----- then buy my gas until it is broken in. I am not asking for the mileage that you guys are getting. Honestly a combined 25 mpg would thrill me. Absolutely no way I would have bought this car if I knew 19 -20 mpg was all I was going to get. I drove about 80 highway miles on Sunday and the mileage went up a little but now is back down.
maybe I just got a bad one??????
For those of you getting in the thirties can you honestly tell me that you were getting only 19 when you first bought the car?
#125 of 185 Re: C'mon now [johnplisap]
Aug 01, 2012 (6:41 am)
I agree with you wholheartedly!
#126 of 185 Re: C'mon now [johnplisap]
Aug 01, 2012 (6:43 am)
I'm with you John.
I purchased this car based on the published EPA numbers and figured I'd get close to them but not entirely miss them. I do most of my driving in the city and I get between 20-21. When I do highway I may get about 27. I've tracked my mileage since April and I'm averaging about 21 MPG with 2400 miles on the car. I love this car I do but the mileage currently sucks. Once it reaches 3K I'm turning it over to the dealer to have them really look at it.
#127 of 185 Re: C'mon now [johnplisap]
Aug 01, 2012 (7:03 am)
which model Focus do you have? I have the Titanium.
#128 of 185 Re: C'mon now [revss]
Aug 01, 2012 (9:32 am)
I have the SE. The thing that gets me is that everybody keps telling me at Ford or the dealer that , "mileage may vary, the car needs broken in , and driving habits...... (means you suck at driving.) I just want a car that is going to get more than 240 miles on a 12 gallon fill up. 300 would be great. that would 25 mpg combined. i could live with that.
#129 of 185 Re: C'mon now [johnplisap]
Aug 01, 2012 (9:43 am)
Thats EXACTLY how I feel. The break in period, as stated in the manual, is 1000. I've been told by my dealer its at least 7,500 which is my first service. My friend who purchased a 2010 AWD four cylinder Subaru Outback gets better gas mileage than I do! I should at least be getting 300 MPG out of a tank of gas. I'm getting the same MPG as my 2007 Honda Odysee which is about right for that vehicle. Not this one!