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Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#190 of 214 Re: longevity of michelin pilot hx-mxm 4 tires? [pod]
Jun 16, 2011 (11:40 am)
Mine only lasted about 25K miles each set, but that's all I normally get out of my tires. I've heard of others getting 50K or more so I'd say if you get 40K now that's probably what you'll get or close to it.
#191 of 214 mpg 2010 milanI4
Oct 08, 2011 (12:57 pm)
Continue to get the same mileage as when new; now at 14,000. Almost every tank is between 31 and 32 mpg (as measured by gallons and miles). 70% residential; 20% highway (65-70mph; windows and roof open, no a/c); 10% city (stop and start). Last tank 447 miles/ 14.2 gals = 31.5mpg. Very pleased. Tires kept at 32 psi all 4 wheels. Relatively flat New England terrain in R.I. More than 25 fills and quite consistent
#192 of 214 addendum: mpg 2010 milan I4
Oct 10, 2011 (5:35 am)
I meant to add that the built in computerized mpg caluclator on the Milan (left without reset for an entire tank) regularly computes the mpg about 1 mpg higher than measured by the exact method. So it is consistent as well and only slightly optimistic.
For twenty miles I was able to cruise at 70 mph uninterrupted the other evening, the computer indicated 37.8 mpg over that stretch. I have no way to determine if the computer gets more optimistic as speed increases or stays at 1 mpg over.
Resetting the mpg feature gives you a reliable estimate of the mpg "at that moment" if you are maintaining near constant velocity--let it go for five minutes or so and you get a good idea what the car does at that mph for those conditions.
I generally run with the flow spending all my time in the left lane and middle lane, passing many more cars than pass me so these are not "turtle" numbers. If fact the sweet spot for mpg seems to be in the high sixties, close to seventy mph. I usually am alone so that may explain the excellent numbers somewhat. A few passengers, I expect, would add weight and drop the numbers by 2-3 mpg.
#193 of 214 2008 Milan mpg
Nov 12, 2011 (1:18 pm)
I purchased a 2008 Milan Premier last year. Traded a great Mercury Sable for the Milan hoping to get better mileage. I really enjoy this car in every way..."except" I am only getting between 17 and 20 mpg in town. Highway is only 21-22 mpg. I have 45,000 miles on the car.
From what I have been reading, most Milan owners are doing much better than this. I saw posts that say they are getting high twenties and better.
Any suggestions to improve my mileage...Is there something I should ask my mechanic to check? Thanks.
#194 of 214 Re: 2008 Milan mpg [premier8]
Nov 12, 2011 (3:08 pm)
If'm getting between 17 & 29 myself. 2007 6 cylinder Premiere. My guess is that I do a lot of side street driving and heavy traffic driving.
#195 of 214 Re: 2008 Milan mpg [premier8]
Nov 12, 2011 (3:24 pm)
Is your Milan an I-4 (4 cylinder) or 6 cylinder. The six, understandably gets less mpg. The difference is about 5-8 mpg city and maybe 4-6 mpg highway. I believe that the 2010 engine modifications significantly increased the mpg of both engines so the 2008 may be a relative guzzler. Is it manual or automatic? The single most significant determinant of mpg is how do you bring the car up to speed. If you accelerate aggressively that burns fuel. I would say that any situation in which you put the rpm over 4000 while accelerating is a major fuel penalty. High speed travel, even at a steady speed, costs because of the wind resistance and power use. The 2010 seems happiest between 60 mph and 70 mph as a cruise speed, more toward the 70 mph in my car. A lot of slow travel or stop and go travel will cost as well.
The published EPA numbers for the 2008 v6 are 20/29 but most reviews at that time reported lower mpg 18/26 being typical. Your city values are not puzzling then but the highway numbers should be better. You can check the air filter. Be sure tires are inflated to recommended. Don't accelerate aggressively. After that it is what it is. Over the last two or three years all manufacturers have made engine improvements and increased the ratios on the highest gear to improve economy. I think 2008, believe it or not, is old school numbers.
#196 of 214 Re: 2008 Milan mpg [pod]
Nov 13, 2011 (9:34 pm)
My Milan is a V6, automatic...I do tend to accelerate quickly and drive mostly in the city, stopping and starting. I will work on the acceleration thing.
I am replacing all 4 tires before this Minnesota winter starts. Any suggestions as to what kind of tire is the best?
I am due for an oil change and I will ask them to check the filter and replace if needed.
This is disappointing, but I will take your suggestions...and after that, I believe you are probably right... "2008 old school numbers" .(The interesting thing is that my 1999 Sable was actually doing better than this!)
After new tires, oil filter change, and a few weeks of trying to change my driving habits, I will give a report.
Thanks, I appreciate your responses:) Let me know if there is a best tire.
#197 of 214 Poor Hwy Fuel Econ, 23MPG, I'state Speeds
Feb 18, 2012 (11:28 pm)
Hi. Have '06 Milan Premier V6, 55,000 mi. Have had it for 15,000 miles of driving. On long trips at interstate (75 mph) speeds with properly inflated tires, I avg 23 MPG. Disappointing. And I am accelerating moderately then engaging cruise control. In suburban driving I can sometimes get very close to 22 MPG, again I am accelerating moderately. Like the car very much otherwise, but fuel econ for a smallish V6 with 6 speed auto should be much better. 23 MPG avg at interstate speeds is poor. Have others had same experience?
#198 of 214 2010 I4 Milan 31 mpg over 20,000 miles
Mar 18, 2012 (5:26 am)
At just under 20K miles I continue to get the same average FE (measured gallons and miles) of about 31 mpg.
I go 67-70 on highway often with cruise control.
Did a few experiments. Once to speed on the highway early one morning when traffic was very light, measured by the display mpg at certain speeds (locked in by Cruise control for 25 miles). Results were: 70 mph=37.4 mpg 57 mpg=41.3. To be clear I reset the FE gauge to zero once up to speed and then let the CC take over from there so there were only minor variations from the set speed. and very little acceleration. This is the optimal FE situation. I suppose if you drove an entire tankful at 57 mph on highway, you could clear 600 miles per tankful (without using reserve).
Very consistent performance and no complaints of any sort. It is a thoughtfully designed car down to little details like the warning chime usually being very faint and unobtrusive for little things but increasing its frequency and volume for major issues. THe Michelin tires which were OEM look to have very good tread left.
Very solid feeling into turns, very tight suspension, no wiggles or slips. At speed on big bumps on corners the rear wheels will leave the ground and the car will sidestep slightly but settle nicely.
This car has exceeded my expectations which were high.
#199 of 214 Re: Highway Mileage [pod]
Mar 19, 2012 (11:29 am)
With 35,000 miles on my 2010 I-4 Fusion the overall mpg is 35.7. Just finished a recent round trip from KS to CA of 3,500 miles which brought up the average to 39.7 (speed often 70-75). Mpg calculated from gallons of gas used gives me a trip mpg of 44.3. It seems the Fusion gets much better mileage on long trips than town driving. Curious, since this is opposite of what Ford says.