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You are in the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Hybrid
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Ford Fusion, Hybrid Cars, Sedan
#30 of 111 Re: 2013 Fusion Hybrid [b25nut]
Dec 11, 2012 (8:05 pm)
I wanted to follow up with an mpg report. Sadly, the last tank was only 39 mpg, and this tank looks like it will come in around 38 mpg. The last two tanks have been 100% city driving, where I am defining city driving as stoplight to stoplight traffic with maximum speed of about 35 mph.
The main problem I see is that the gas engine is coming on more than expected, especially during low-speed acceleration. And when it comes on, it seems to rev pretty high, completely taking over for the electric motor even if the battery is almost fully charged. If traffic is really heavy, and I am creeping along in electric drive mode, that is an obvious mpg booster. I'm babying the car to the point where a big gap is opening up between myself and the guy in front of me, so I know it's not my (nonexistent) lead foot. If I keep up with traffic after the light turns green, I can watch the mpg drop precipitously.
So it sounds like Ford has some work to do. I'm not sure if they can reprogram the engine loading-throttle response code a bit and see if a better balance of gas and electric can be obtained. If the gas engine were to come on a bit less aggressive, it might boost mileage. I'm eagerly awaiting the EPA results and Ford response.
#31 of 111 Re: 2013 Fusion Hybrid [drdad314]
Dec 11, 2012 (8:13 pm)
How many miles have you put on the car already? I would give it until at least 5000. Remember, there's that break-in period we talked about...
By the way, approx. how many miles are you getting to the tankful?
#33 of 111 Re: 2013 Fusion Hybrid [moviefan]
Dec 12, 2012 (4:02 am)
I only have about 1000 miles. However, my first tank was 45 mpg, so I've seen a big drop in the last two tanks. Perhaps the break-in period contains programming that runs the gas engine more than is normally required? I'm a bit skeptical that break-in will suddenly boost the mpg by that much. I just think that in certain kinds of city driving (i.e. light-to-light whipsaw traffic), the 47 mpg may be impossible to obtain, unless the gas engine response is muted.
#34 of 111 Re: 2013 Fusion Hybrid [drdad314]
Dec 12, 2012 (5:27 am)
Yeah, not sure. They say these hybrid cars are suppose to adapt to your driving habits too. Keep us posted on your mpg's on the upcoming tankfuls...
#35 of 111 Re: 2013 Fusion Hybrid [moviefan]
Dec 12, 2012 (5:46 am)
Hi, In my '12 Toyota Camry Hybrid I can drive at 40-45 miles an hour on a level surface in EV mode for a mile or so. Can the FFH be driven up to 62 miles and hour in EV mode as Ford claims and how far can it be driven like that if so? Previous to owning my first hybrid I didn't think driving in EV was possible past say 25mph or so.
#36 of 111 Re: Warrantee [b25nut]
Dec 12, 2012 (9:31 am)
Just picked up my 2013 Ford Fusion S last night, and purchased 6 year/48,000 mile warrantee for $779. I feel very good about it, although the car feels very well made.
#37 of 111 Re: EV Mode and Temperature
Dec 12, 2012 (1:06 pm)
On a level freeway, my FFH will go a little over a mile on EV mode at 62 mph. 63 mph kicks in the ICE, unless I'm going slightly downhill, where I've seen a few seconds at 64 mph on EV.
DrDad: I think the current cold weather is having a significant effect on MPG. Even if the battery is fully charged, the ICE will run just to keep the whole system warm. I decided this morning not to constantly monitor it for a while. Even if I don't baby it, I'm still getting more than twice the MPG of my previous car, so I'm going to just enjoy the Fusion driving experience and drive as I did before, usually as the leader of the pack. I was starting to irritate my wife a little anyway. She prefers getting places in close to the shortest amount of time. It's not like I can't afford to buy an additional gallon or two of gas a week.
#38 of 111 Re: EV Mode and Temperature [b25nut]
Dec 12, 2012 (6:46 pm)
I absolutely agree with you. I spent some quality time in traffic tonight and concluded that while i'm only getting about 38 mpg, I am not burning one drop of gas while creeping along at 2 mph, and it's almost double of what I was previously getting. Add in the fact the FFH is a fantastic driving car with great looking sheet metal and great features for under $35k, I really shouldn't be complaining.
#39 of 111 Re: 2013 Fusion Hybrid [gened1]
Dec 12, 2012 (6:56 pm)
Yes. I have gotten it up to about 65 mph in EV mode on a long downhill and it will hold 60 mph on a level road just like b25nut said.