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Mercury Mountaineer, Ford Explorer Sport, Ford Explorer, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#3 of 51 Re: Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer: MPG-Real World Numbers [steve_]
Jun 19, 2006 (8:05 pm)
After 9 days with my '06 Mountaineer-- V8 Premier, AWD, w/all bells & whistles-- I love it so far. At 530 miles, I'm averaging about 15.5mpg mixed (75% city), 90 degree heat and running the air conditioner most of the time. I'm a little heavy with my right foot though as I do enjoy the growl, and noticed with the 6 speed it is geared pretty low (compared to the 1999 V8 Explorer I traded). I've heard after break-in (3k miles?) mpg should improve. With the discount off MSRP, the financing and rebates, I'm not too concerned with my mpg as I bought much more vehicle at less than originally intended. The ride is really incredible... and mpg on hwy did seem to average about 20mpg for a short run.
#4 of 51 Re: Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer: MPG-Real World Numbers [vandyman87]
by steve_ HOST
Jun 19, 2006 (8:14 pm)
I've heard after break-in (3k miles?) mpg should improve.
People's experiences vary - on my minivan the mpg kept improving even after 10,000 miles. 20-21 mpg is the highway EPA rating and you're a little over the city EPA estimate of 14-15 with your mostly city driving, so I'd say you'd doing pretty good already. But the first few tanks can be deceptive; mine were all over the map for the first couple of thousand miles.
Congrats on the new ride!
#5 of 51 Re: Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer: MPG-Real World Numbers [steve_]
Jun 20, 2006 (4:18 am)
1997 Ford Explorer XLT, 5.0L V8, 147,000 mi, City 13mpg, Hwy 17mpg.
2000 Ford Explorer XLT, 5.0L V8, 123,000 mi, City 13mpg, Hwy 17mpg.
#6 of 51 Re: Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer: MPG-Real World Numbers [steve_]
Jun 24, 2006 (4:13 am)
2003 mountaineer V8 premier
15.5 mpg....mostly city driving w/ ac running 70% of the time
#7 of 51 2002 4.0 V6
Jun 24, 2006 (4:43 pm)
19 MPG when mostly highway (long trip for example)
with normal city / hwy mix, mostly city, we'll get 15.5 or so, as indicated by the vehicle MPG gauge. i havent checked the reliability of this measurement in a while.
#8 of 51 2004 Mountaineer AWD V-8 Luxury
Jun 24, 2006 (5:43 pm)
I have about 21000 miles on mine. It gets about 13 MPG around town. A lot of short trips (less than 4 to 5 miles at a time). On the interstates I set the cruise at 5 MPH above the speed limit and get 19 to 20 MPG.
Jul 04, 2006 (12:49 am)
If I get 15 with my 98 Mountaineer I am lucky, but i did not expect better from an AWD V8. The vehicle is awesome.
#10 of 51 Re: MPG [ustazzaf]
Jul 10, 2006 (1:24 pm)
2003 Premier AWD V8 w 50,000 miles. We get 14 city/19 hwy. Take off about 1/2 mile per gallon for heavy A/C useage in the summer. And consider we live in Pittsburgh. Up and down STEEP hills ALL DAY LONG. (Tires and brakes last about 25,000 miles). I just installed Michelin MS/LTX tires...had them on my '99 Explorer....they lasted 50,000 on that. $800 bucks though!
Jul 17, 2006 (8:58 am)
Hello I have a 2006 Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer V6 4.0L...I only have put 500 miles on it so far and am getting only around 13-14mpg inmixed city and highway driving. Hopefully the gas mileage will get better as I put more miles on it!
#12 of 51 Re: 2006 Ford Explorer [matthattan1587]
Jul 17, 2006 (4:28 pm)
check your tire pressures. expecially the fronts. i run those a bit higher than recommended.
the engine will take a good while to break in. i'm guessing 10k or so.