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Ford Fiesta, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
#96 of 134 Re: 2012 Ford Fiesta 25mpg issue [dann_k]
Apr 20, 2012 (8:53 am)
I can confirm everything you said. Keeping in the 40-50 mph range seems ideal. I don't want to lengthen my otherwise long commute though, so I generally drive at 55 mph. And I found the same thing you did on acceleration. Even moderate acceleration from a stop is hard to recover from. When I need to stop, going into neutral or just coasting in gear helps quite a bit too. My lifetime average after 27k miles is just above 39 mpg.
#97 of 134 Re: 2012 Ford Fiesta 25mpg issue [dann_k]
Apr 23, 2012 (11:50 am)
All, I made a 2-hour trip to LA this weekend and am very pleased with the numbers-- touched 45 mpg on the highway (with cruise on), and the overall trip made 38 mpg with 80% highway and 20% city driving...this baby does exceptionally well on long trips!
Dann, thanks for the tips! I'm a pretty conservative driver and never push the engine beyond 3000 rpm (well, at least I try not to!). It does take a little getting used to the ~3 gear shifts upto 30mph, but its a very smooth ride after that!
Phil, could not agree with you more...this car does way better than its EPA estimates of 39 mpg on the highway (my EPA sticker does show a range of 36-44 mpg highway though)
#98 of 134 Re: 40 mpg a requirement? [steve_]
Apr 23, 2012 (12:36 pm)
As an owner of a 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback, I purchased (that) vehicle in July of 2010 because of reported excellent fuel economy as well as IMO, excellent styling. This year I replaced my aging 2006 Kia Rio5 Hatchback with a 2012 Kia Rio5 Hatchback that purportedly was (supposed) to get 30 mpg city and the (magic) 40 mpg highway. Still pleased with this vehicles styling and comfort but as far as fuel economy, disappointed. A new highly touted vehicle boasting GDI fuel injection as well as electric power steering assist and a state of the art 6 speed automatic transmission and it gets no where near the EPA Fuel Estimates while my 2011 Ford Fiesta "Exceeds" the EPA fuel estimates for both city and highway driving. Had I known the somewhat disappointing fuel economy, I would have probably picked the 2012 Ford Focus Hatchback that would have been considerably larger, more powerful and got better real time gas mileage.
#99 of 134 Re: 40 mpg a requirement? [phill1]
Apr 28, 2012 (8:33 pm)
2011 Ford Fiesta S, 5 speed stick, Denver to LA and back, 80 mph most of the way, all interstate, minor A/C use, light load. Best tank of 44 mpg, worst tank of 38 mpg, average for 2200 miles was 41.1 mpg.
Next trip is back east, slower speeds, hoping for even better. Car has 7700 miles on it right now, running 5w-30 engine oil, regular unleaded.
Apr 29, 2012 (4:32 am)
In the last week, I have had a couple of 400 mile+ fill ups with my mom's Fiesta SES hatch.
First was a mix of highway/city in the rain/defroster on and returned 34.2 mpg(403 miles/11.8 gallons).
Yesterday. all highway from central CT to Wilkes-Barre PA and back returning and average of 42.1(405 miles/9.6 gallons).
One leg of each trip was 3 people plus large suitcase. The other was 2 people no luggage.
Car had 2700 miles on it last week, now 3500.
#101 of 134 Re: 2 tanks of gas [explorerx4]
Apr 29, 2012 (11:14 am)
I`m not sure if the Ford Focus meets the EPA 40 mpg Highway estimate, but as for the Ford Fiesta, I think its safe to assume it delivers the best all around fuel economy in a B-Segment, Sub-Compact Vehicle that is "non-hybrid" or without Eco-Boost (Turbo Charged) of GDI, Gas Direct Injection. When is the last time (ANY) vehicle Domestic or Foreign actually met or (exceeded) the EPA Fuel Economy Estimates? Great Job "Blue Oval"!
#102 of 134 Re: 2 tanks of gas [phill1]
Apr 30, 2012 (7:36 pm)
VW TDI usually has real world that exceeds EPA...but yes, point taken, Ford did a very good job with the mileage.
#103 of 134 Re: 2 tanks of gas [ivan_99]
May 01, 2012 (8:59 am)
ivan 99: The VW TDI, is it not a Diesel? If it is, adding the extra cost of the Diesel Engine upgrade compared to a much less expensive fuel injected gasoline powered engine, would not be a fair comparison. My fully equipped 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback (including) Power Moon Roof has a MSRP of under 18K. With multiple rebates, it was just over 17K. This great fuel economy was achieved (without) the optional "SFE" package as well.
#104 of 134 Re: 2 tanks of gas [phill1]
May 01, 2012 (9:13 am)
Oddly enough, I started looking at the TDI Jetta wagon along with the Fiesta a few weeks ago, given the significant gains in cargo room and comparable mileage. I don't think one would normally consider these two vehicles to be cross-shopped. That said, I can load the Fiesta to the gills for under $22K (MSRP), and the TDI is ~$25K without any of those bells or whistles, so I still have to pay up front for that added capacity even though I wouldn't have to sacrifice at the pump.
I'm still leaning toward the Fiesta, though. Actually, I sure wish they would make an announcement on the ST variant. I wouldn't mind picking up one of those....
#105 of 134 Re: 2 tanks of gas [phill1]
May 01, 2012 (1:05 pm)
I agree with your statements...You didn't list Diesel in your disclaimer so that popped into my mind
Diesels have other qualities (torque, longevity), but for under 20K it's hard to beat the new fords (Focus too) for price / mpg ratio.