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Ford Fiesta Real World MPG



  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    Hackattack5, I think you meant to reply to Phill1.

    He used the phrase "Where in the hell do you live...."

    I don't think he was angry though. ;)
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    Sorry you took offense to my terminology of of "where the hell", just an expression. You explained (now) that the increase in your annual premiums went up from $1500 to $1880 for both your 04 Cavalier (and) adding the the 2012 Fiesta. Thank makes sense, since your only carrying liability on the 04 Cavalier. I live in Urban South Florida, have both a 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback and a 2012 Kia Rio5 Hatchback with 11k/300 liability, 100k property damage, full comprehensive coverage with $100 deductible and full collision with $500 deductible and both vehicles cost me a total of $1200 annually. Of course, my wife an I are 56 and 66, and we have no children except our 2 Golden Retrievers. My insurance company is Auto Owners, very highly rated too.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    Oh, almost forgot. Check out the Kia Blog, It has a interesting video showing the 2012 Kia Rio5 being tested in Europe by EuroPCAP, their equivalent of the NHTSA. European safety standards are much less then here in North America and the 2012 Kia Rio still got its top "5 Star" safety rating, go figure.
  • obktobkt Posts: 35
    When I sold my 1999 Miata automatic and bought a 2011 Fiesta SE, my insurance went up $6, to a total of $217 for 6 months. That's with full coverage and $500 deductable. Insurance Co is USAA. I'm 69 years old.
  • Yep it all depends on where you live, driving record and the right insurance company.
  • OK I just filled up the tank for the first time. The computer said I got 37.3 miles per gallon. My math said I got 37.17 miles per gallon. That was a 50/50 mix of driving with an average speed of 38MPH. I am very happy with this gas mileage.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    That sounds great! I also like that the computer is so close to the manually calculated numbers. My Subaru is generally 1-1.5MPG optimistic. I can't help but feel disappointed when the dash reads 27.0 MPG and I end up with 25.5 when I enter the numbers into the log. :(
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    What a hoot! If getting 1.5 (less) mpg causes you disappointment, let that be the biggest one you ever must experience. Drive by a Hospital lately and notice the Parking Lot filled to capacity?
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    The reality is that on most Fiestas, the computer will rutinely read about 2 mpg higher. You'll most likely see this on your future tanks.
  • Does anyone know how the computer figures out the gas mileage?
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    heh ;)

    taking it to the extreme :P

    ...then tell your kids...there are people starving in your broccoli!

    'disappointment' likely got lost in translation; he probably meant: 'it didn't meet expectations'...but yes, your message is true, not a big deal in the grand scheme of things :shades:
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Hahahaha; indeed.

    Point taken, Phill! :blush:
  • iamz:
    You are correct. Ever since I reported 37 MPG I have not been able to match it. Oh the computer says 37 but my math say 35. I am not complaining I am more curious on how the computer figures MPG. I would guess the device that figures what the air/fuel mixture is the same thing that reports gas usage but I do not understand what fools it into reporting more than real MPG? I do kick it out of gear and let it coast to red lights.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    edited January 2012
    I don`t want to beat this issue to death since it already has been. My year old 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback with automatic transmission has produced 33-35 mpg city and 41-43 mpg highway from day one! Now with just over 16,000 miles driven, nothing has changed and the fuel economy remains constant. My 2012 Kia Rio5 Hatchback with automatic transmission that is barely 3 months old with about 1000 miles driven is getting much worse fuel economy despite the fact that they both have a 1.6 ltr engine and the Kia Rio has Gas Direct Injection which produces a bit more power (but) the fuel economy is no where near that of the Ford Fiesta. The 2012 Kia Rio5 is getting between 28-31 city and 36-38 highway. Both vehicle are about the same size and weight. Nothing to panic about but none the less, still a bit disappointing.
  • Phil1: My 2012 SE 5 speed manual pretty much matches your auto for around town driving but I am pretty sure I will not see 43MPG on the highway. my Fiesta runs at 3100RPM @ 70MPH and I believe the auto is around 2600RPM. The good thing is I bought it to run around town anything more than that and we take my wife's 2012 Sonata limited :)
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    edited February 2012
    Not that it has anything whatsoever to do with Fuel Economy but despite the so far somewhat inferior (lower) MPG my 2012 Kia Rio5 Hatchback is getting, it still has a leg up on the Fiesta in a few area`s. It has a much higher (and adjustable) Drivers Seat which allows much better frontal vision regardless of lowering the steering wheel adjustment. Has much more front seat leg room (width) for added comfort, a bit more acceleration punch due to its GDI engine, a standard Surius/XM Radio. Unfortunately, the Kia Rio5 has the worst speakers of any vehicle I have ever owned and my Ford Fiesta even with`s it base standard radio with only 4 speaks and no Sync system is much superior. I love the looks of the 2012 Kia Rio`s exterior too, "very European" but I still give my Ford Fiesta the "Crown" and wins the Swimsuit competition for looks. Parked next to each other in my driveway, they look like a handsome couple, the Fiesta in candy red metallic with the stone interior and the Rio5 in clear white with 2 tone black and beige interior.
  • It is hard to find anyone talking about Fiesta mpg. We have just under 13,000 miles on our 2011 Fiesta and average around 35-36 around town. Just wondering if that is rare since they call for 29mpg. We drove from Tennessee to Texas and back for Christmas (2011) and got 38-39 driving about five miles over the speed limit much of the time; I am very ok with that. While in Texas we topped 40 mpg for the first and only time. Just wondering if anyone else gets that good around town?
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    I`ve had my 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback since July of 2010 and have got consistent 33-35 mpg city and 41-43 mpg highway at speeds of 75 to 80 mph. with the A/C always on. Same mpg from break in to present 14K miles. On the other hand, I have a new 2012 Kia Rio5 LX Hatchback that I bought Nov of 2011 with a similar 1.6 ltr. engine (but) with the GDI Gas Direct Injection which is (supposed) to achieve better fuel economy. Well I have to admit, it appears to provide better performance but at the cost of inferior gas mileage. The Kia Rio barely gets 30 mpg city and 37 mpg highway with less then 4k driven so far. Got to hand it to Ford, they engineered a vehicle that actually exceeds the EPA Fuel Estimates! When have you seen that lately. Still love my 2012 Kia Rio5 Hatchback but the gas milage is a bit disappointing.
  • ronelloronello Posts: 5
    My 2-month old 2012 Ford Fiesta SE Sedan with automatic transmission is only giving me 24-25 mpg in the city, with about 40% traffic, and AC on (low). The car has reached around 1000 miles, the average speed shown on the car is 20 mph. I am a pretty conservative driver, and step on the gas lightly at signals. Do I need to give the car some time to reach that 30-33 mpg city that everyone's bragging about, or is there some inherent issues with the car that need to be checked? Is it worth taking it to the dealership and getting it checked, or am I being a tad impatient? Thanks!
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    I don't see it getting any better...I do not have a take it for what it's worth :)

    You should track the miles driven as well; I'd guesstimate it's also very low.

    I suspect that at 20mph average you're spending a long time idling...which is zero mpg :) Our mini-van is terrible for mpg because we spend so long idling (drive-through, picking up kids, very short trips to the store...)

    If you drove an average 20mph -- steady -- through a park I think you'd have fabulous mpg numbers...but still 20mph.

    I've never seen anybody disappointed with their new car mileage all of a sudden report that the engine has finally 'broken-in' and is now a fuel-miser.

    Or put another way; I don't see putting on another 10k miles resulting in a 25% fuel efficiency increase.

    What did you drive previously? What mpg on the same route?
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