Last post on Apr 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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Ford Fiesta, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
Jan 25, 2013 (7:59 pm)
It seems that the Fiesta really does deliver good fuel economy be it with the stick or DCT. Ford seems to have gotten all the criteria to ensure the claims (exceeding actually in most cases from what I've read) just right, be it through gearing, weight, aerodynamics etc.
#126 of 134 Re: MPG accuracy [gimmestdtranny]
Jan 26, 2013 (12:00 am)
That surely seems to be the case. I've been pleased with every aspect of it save for the lack of ability to turn the traction control off (I'll remedy that this summer) and the squeaky brakes.
#127 of 134 Big Hwy & City MPG Difference
Apr 04, 2013 (7:55 am)
I just traded in my 2012 Fiesta SE hatchback (automatic) with 27,000 miles on it. 24,000 miles were 5% city, 45% highway, and 50% stuck in HEAVY DC beltway traffic. Over that time I averaged around 34 mpg while not trying, but I could get over 40 if I really tried on a lighter traffic day. I think my record was a 43 mile trip to work getting 46mpg - I had around 300 miles on the car at that point, and I love to use the A/C.
The last 3,000 miles were mostly puttering (slightly aggressively) around town, and I averaged 27-30 mpg.
That said, all of this was based off the computer readings, which I routinely found to be optimistic by 1 to 2 mpg.
Now I'm driving a 2.0L 2013 Escape AWD averaging 19 mpg - nicer to drive all around, but I'll miss the gas mileage! As for the dual clutch transmission in the Fiesta, I hated it. You explain the theory of relativity to a 2nd grader in the time it took between putting your foot down and the car actually accelerating.
#128 of 134 Re: Big Hwy & City MPG Difference [navy92960]
Apr 04, 2013 (9:03 am)
I can't disagree on the dual clutch automatic - I really didn't care for it, either. Good FE, though! Better than I tend to get out of my manual.
As for the FE computer, it is absolutely spot-on. There's a fair bit of variation from tank to tank looking at calculated vs. computer, but that has to do with variability in the filling process. I record every fill and the "MPG" readout at every fill, and when averaged (even on just a monthly basis), both are within two hundredths the same.
#129 of 134 Re: Big Hwy & City MPG Difference [xwesx]
Apr 04, 2013 (10:32 am)
I was one of the early Ford Fiesta "Pioneers" and pre-ordered my 2011 Fiesta SE Hatchback on 03/03/2010. I took delivery on 07/24/2010. I believe mine was the first one with the Power Moonroof that was delivered in South FL. Just over 30K driven so far and no a single problem or issue. From day 1 consistent 33-35 mpg city and 41-43 mpg highway with A/C always engaged. I`ve decided to trade this vehicle in this coming summer for a 2014 Ford C-MAX SE Hybrid. My local Ford Dealer informed me that the 2014 Order Book opens in mid May and Scheduling for production starts in mid June and actual Production JOB 1 Date beginning on July 8th. After 3 years in my gas sipping Fiesta, I`m a committed Ford Buyer now and feel the C-MAX Hybrid is my best option. I would have kept the Ford Fiesta and traded in my 2012 Kia Rio5 instead due to its very (poor) fuel economy but it still has the remaining 5 years and 60 K Bumper to Bumper Warranty and the Fiesta`s will end this July. Rather then purchase an extended Ford ESP Service Protection Plan for $1300, I`ll put those funds towards the purchase of the 2014 C-Max instead.
PS: Ford has had a "Computer Patch" to resolve most of the jerkiness of its Dual -Clutch Automatic Transmission for sometime now. Be forewarned, once they reprogram, it (cannot) be brought back to its original default settings and there goes your exception Fuel Economy and gas milage.
#130 of 134 Re: Big Hwy & City MPG Difference [phill1]
Apr 04, 2013 (12:31 pm)
Glad to hear you have had such good luck with your Fiesta, Phill! Mine is also an early build car (May 2010), came with every bell/whistle available at the time except the roof, and is pretty reliable. I'm having some electrical issues, which I will have the dealership address later this month or next.
As funny as it sounds, my biggest annoyance with it is the loss of the "triple-tap" turn signal feature! When I first bought the car, I was amazed at the brilliance of such a seemingly mundane feature (especially when driving my other car, which does not have this feature). Alas, two weeks ago, it suddenly quit working and now is the same as every other "modern" (e.g., >=1990) car I've owned.
I keep trying to convince myself to keep it rather than selling to buy a Fiesta ST.
#131 of 134 Re: Big Hwy & City MPG Difference [xwesx]
Apr 24, 2013 (1:34 pm)
I'm pretty sure the single/triple tap is programmable through the 'settings'.
#132 of 134 Re: Big Hwy & City MPG Difference [explorerx4]
Apr 24, 2013 (4:34 pm)
Oh, I'll take a look at that, then. Maybe I can get it back! If so, it does beg the question of why it stopped working in the first place....
#133 of 134 Re: Big Hwy & City MPG Difference [explorerx4]
Apr 25, 2013 (6:44 am)
Single/Triple Tap? Did`nt know I had that feature? What does it do? Control Directional Signals? 33 months and 30K driven and (zero) problems with my Fiesta. Planning on trading it in for a 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid when the order book finally opens.
#134 of 134 Re: Big Hwy & City MPG Difference [phill1]
Apr 25, 2013 (9:52 am)
Basically, you touch the turn signal (as for a lane change, where you press the signal stalk a little, but not enough to lock it on), and it will blink three times rather than just once. If I wanted to do that with my Forester (or even with my Fiesta as it now stands), I would have to hold the stalk in that position for the duration of the blinks before releasing it.
With "triple tap," as I call it, I press it briefly and the signal blinks three times on its own.
Of course, I forgot to explore the settings yesterday, but I'll make more of an effort to remember today.