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#47 of 130 47 MPG? Ford has a good sense of Humor
Dec 27, 2012 (8:24 am)
SO far I have nearly 5,000 miles on my 2013 Fusion Hybrid and have yet seen it get above 40 MPG on a highway trip. Best I see is 38. If my math is correct, that is 9 below the rating. I don't drive 70, most of my driving is on Rural highways of 55. I have a 2010 Fusion Hybrid that I get EPA in all the time, and have exceeded it quite often in the summer.
The other day I did a test drive. I took the 2013 up to a gas station 11.5 miles away, drove it very conservatively there, got 32 MPG, then drove it back, a little more aggressively, Like I do my 2010, and it was also a bit downhill, and got 34 MPG.
I then took the 2010 and drove it exactly the same way there, turning the HVAC on at the exact same time, and got .2 MPG lower than the 2013, then drove it back the way I normally drive and got 36 MPG.
For all the hype, this car does not live up to its potential, not at all, especially considering I have a prior generation Hybrid that I am very happy with and does live up to its potential. The 2013 Fusion has so much going for it, but this one glaring problem has me considering trading it for a Camry. How will that look to see a Used 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid sitting on a Toyota used car lot in 2012?
I built a 2013 Fusion Titanium with the options I like, and compared to this car I could have saved a couple grand for the MPG it gets. I wouldn't be complaining about MPG if I had done that. The the highway miles that it gets, I could have saved $10K and bought a Focus to get this.
I have driven Hybrids since 2007, starting with a Prius, which by the time I traded it, I was at 53 MPG lifetime. I had a 2009 Camry, and averaged 35 MPG lifetime, and my current 2010 FFH is currently at 38 MPG, lifetime is lower in it since my wife drives it too, and it had an issue when we first got it that required a reflash so the first couple months were pretty low, but improved quite a bit. It is getting right in the range claimed by EPA, and quite happy with it.
I have already taken it in, and Ford claims no problem, yet the math did not add up. They claim it was getting 36-38 at 70 MPH, and using Eco cruise got 44-46 MPG at 55 over a 108 mile test loop, when I filled the car, the actual MPG was 33. That is far below what they are claiming it gets. I am documenting every tank, marking down how many gallons the dash said is used vs what is actually being put in.
I understand there is cold and fuel to factor in, BUT when you consider I drive the same trip in my 2010, which is rated 39 combined, and at worse gets 37 in the cold, the MPG I am getting in the 2013 is at least 3-4 MPG below what it should be.
Could it be the tires? they are not Energy Savers like those that come standard on the 2013, but are 18" Goodyears. If they are reducing miles by 3-4 MPG,then that should be something noted by Ford in the brochures and website. I for one don't have an extra $1200 to find out.
Ford is unwilling to find out either, but in any case I am not happy with this car, and will NOT recommend it to anyone who asks. Stay away from the Hybrid for now.
#48 of 130 Re: 47 MPG? Ford has a good sense of Humor [acdii]
Dec 29, 2012 (2:56 pm)
How are you Calculating the Mileage you are getting on your little 11.5 mile trip? I hope you are not using any mileage display from the car, as they are NOT accurate. MY question to you is: have you ever filled up the tank to the brim, then driven 200 miles and then filled up the tank again to see what kind of mileage you really got? That is the ONLY way to calculate MPG.
Jan 01, 2013 (11:13 am)
Last month I placed an order at my Ford dealer for a 2013 Fusion Titanium Hybrid. I am very excited about owning this car but frustrated at not knowing when the model will go into production. The only timeline Ford will give me is "early 2013". I suspect Ford is waiting to see how well the SE hybrid sells before they begin building Titanium hybrids. I would be interested in knowing if there are others out there who have a Titanium hybrid on order and if anyone has information on when they will go into production.
#51 of 130 Re: pricefam1 [pricefam1]
Jan 01, 2013 (3:14 pm)
1/7/13 is the start date for the TiHy. I just hope Ford can get their act together and get the ones already on the streets working correctly.
#52 of 130 Buyer Beware
Jan 01, 2013 (3:49 pm)
The new Fusion Hybrids are not living up to the hype, even with the cold weather, they should still be in the low 40's, but looks like majority of them are in the mid 30's instead.
Hope this link works, Fusion comparison
Very disappointed in the new Fusion, 4500 miles on mine and now I have a solid CEL in addition to only 35 MPG. Have to take time off to bring it in for service, and I have only had it since 11-23.
#53 of 130 Re: pricefam1 [acdii]
Jan 01, 2013 (7:19 pm)
Thanks for the information, acdii. I am sorry to hear that you're having trouble with yours. You said you have a "CEL", what's that?
#54 of 130 Re: pricefam1 [pricefam1]
Jan 02, 2013 (8:06 am)
Check Engine Light. The one that looks like an engine. I dropped it off this morning, it was on solid still, and when I pulled out onto a highway at half throttle, it stumbled again and the CEL was blinking for a bit then went solid again.
#55 of 130 Re: 47 MPG? Ford has a good sense of Humor [acdii]
Jan 04, 2013 (12:58 pm)
The 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid are been held due to repairs, and I have not received my yet. I ordered the ford fusion hybrid around the end of April. It is January now and still working on the 2013 fusion hybrid. Do not look forward to he beginning, but toward the midle of 2013.
#56 of 130 CEL Update
Jan 04, 2013 (5:00 pm)
Got the car back after 3 days in the shop, total of 5 days now. All four plugs were carbon fouled. Test drive resulted in No Problem Found! Still only getting 36 MPG according to the dash. Ford told the tech, release the car and have customer drive it to see if problem returns. So then what? Replace the plugs again when they foul?
Seems to me that Ford can't put two and two together, the car does not get good MPG, and the plugs were carbon fouled at 4500 miles. I may not know how the Ford system works, but I do know that when you run too rich fuel setting, you foul the plugs, and waste gas.