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You are in the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan
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Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#195 of 214 Re: 2008 Milan mpg [premier8]
Nov 12, 2011 (2:24 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 (8:34 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 (10:28 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 (4:26 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 (10:29 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.
#200 of 214 Outstanding MPG--I can't get near that
Mar 19, 2012 (10:39 am)
Unless you are talking about a HYBRID Fusion, you have my numbers bested by a phemonemal amount. The reason I ask about the hybrid is your comment about Ford representing better MPG in the city. All cars except electric/hybrid get better mileage on the highway where the starts and stops are uncommon. It is acceleration which burns the most fuel per mile and then at higher speeds it is wind resistance. Outstanding numbers, you have a special little I-4.
#201 of 214 Re: Highway Mileage [dj12]
Mar 19, 2012 (4:09 pm)
If your Fusion a Hybrid? I'm averaging 28.5 combined here in Phoenix, and 35 on the highway. I am very happy with these numbers.
#202 of 214 FlightNurse--I get similar numbers.
Mar 19, 2012 (5:39 pm)
30.2 average; 35-37 open highway depending on whether I am at 70 mph or 67 mph.
I too am very pleased with the FE. Beyond that it is such a tight and well built car. I couldn't be happier with my choice of a 2010 I4. It is the rare car which exceeds the EPA estimates. I wouldn't trade it for a hybrid I don't think if any compromise was required to achieve better mileage. I too suspect that the earlier post with the stellar numbers was a hybrid since he had expected city to be better than highway and only hybrids do that. I understand that the Fusion hybrid is one of the better hybrids in terms of driving and feeling like a normal car. Ford has good engineers.
#203 of 214 2012 Fusion SEL 2.5L Auto
Jul 16, 2012 (8:54 am)
14K miles so far, averaging 27 mixed city/freeway in LA. Finally took a road trip - 32MPG and 33MPG on interstates, 70-75MPH (two separate fill-ups) - outstanding! That was me doing the math - the computer seems about 1-2MPG higher than when I do the math at the pump.
#204 of 214 2011 FFH Mileage Update
Dec 31, 2012 (1:39 am)
After 2 years, overall MPG improved from 37.1 at the end of 2011 to 38.7 at the end of 2012. Annual average for 2012 was 40.2, primarily due to a relatively mild winter in Boston. Lowest Worst average for a tank of fuel was 31.9 mpg in January and best tank average was 48.4 mpg in August, again highlighting the importance of temperature on fuel efficiency: i.e. higher temperatures mean less engine warm-up time which results in higher mpg. Summer commuting traffic is also generally less congested.