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Ford Freestyle Real World MPG

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  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    So if you're using 5 gallons to drive 105 miles, that's 21mpg. How are you calculating that it's 5 gallons for one way?

    Also, have you tried using the cruise control going up the grade? Just set it for 68mph and you may find the RPMs actually go below 3000 after a few seconds on cruise, unless you have to start passing other folks. Same on the downhill back home. I drove through the Smokey Mountains several times on steep grades and found that the cruise going uphill works good at minimizing the RPMs.
  • we have a 2005 ford freestyle awd limited , great car love the spaciousness the gas mileage is just odd when we first got it in the city it was averaging 16.0-17.4 in the city and like 18.0 in the highway i was like oh my god thats terrible well we drove it for a while couple tanks later, well a few weeks ago i made the discovery that if u hit the gas more often your gas mileage will go up i know sounds weird doesnt it thats why i said weird gas gauge lol well now after having it for a little over 4 months just about the gas mileage went down again i think one of the problems for people who drive where there is snow its gonna be worse i live in Michigan and oh yea there is some snow well the automatic 4 wheel drive kicks in like all the time on and off on and off that uses alot of gas when it doesnt need too so
    (hey ford put on a button for the awd) thanks :surprise:
  • yea i use cruise alot like on the high way and just cruising down a main road and i wish five gallons gave me 105 miles i filled up today i drove for a while im down to 3/4 of a tank and it says trip 66.5 miles 212 to empty whats with that i think they need to put a bigger engine in it a 3.0 liter isn't enough for that big of a car that size . oh more news im making my 4th trip back to the dealer i just got it out not even 3 weeks ago when im at a complete stop and go to take off ( no i don't gun it ) it will start to shake and vibrate vigorously and once i get at a higher speed it will slowly stop but then when you stop it goes pop pop in the back like something just popped out of place on the wheel ( its scary) lol :cry:
  • I've had my Freestyle for two and a half years now, with no repair issues at all. We live in the hills of Los Angeles, so the AC is almost always on. We're very happy with the car, and really appreciate the extra few miles the CVT brings us over the new version.
  • Took the 2007 Freestyle FWD CVT for a short 350 mile trip and averaged 30.8mpg. 55 to 75 mph(mostly 65 to 75) and AC on about half the trip. Elevation was from 4500ft to 6500ft. Vehicle has 23K on it with original Continentals with suggested air pressure. I am VERY pleased! :) Around town driving has ranged from 17.5 to 22.5 with the average closer to 21mpg. My wife loves it and I try to drive it every chance I get. ;)
  • cross post from maintanace and repair

    a few weeks ago the right front wheel bearing on our 05 FS Ltd. (47kmls) started to make a loud klicking noise when turning. It was replaced under the extended warranty. Car is less noisy now (i thought the noise came only from the tires which are noisy too) and to my surprise the mpg went up significantly. Initially we had the usual 21-22mpg in mixed driving and 25-28mpg highway. In the last say half year it dropped down to 18-19 and 23-25mpg, respectively. I wondered about that and cleaned the air flow sensor a few times. That boosted the mpg by about 1mpg but only for a short time. Now with the new bearing it's back again where it was, monitored over 3 tank fills. Obviously the bearing caused alot of drag. Surprising to me because the car still rolled easily in neutral out of the garage from standstill. I am monitoring that behaviour because the car once had the dragging rear brake pads which i noticed that way. Anyways, maybe something to inspect if mpg is unusually low.
  • carstenb,
    Could that have actually been the CV joint's bearings instead of the wheel bearing which went bad? They click when turning, when they are going bad.

    I like your comment about the brakes dragging because I think its the cause of some people's complaints of bad fuel economy on these forums.

    How did you clean the air flow sensor? I think thats a pressure sensor, so I'm wondering if I can just spray some Gumout on the sensor. I've got a big set of real Service Manuals from Helm (official Ford set), so I'll take a look at that later myself.
  • freestylephil said: "Took the 2007 Freestyle FWD CVT for a short 350 mile trip and averaged 30.8mpg. 55 to 75 mph(mostly 65 to 75) and AC on about half the trip. Elevation was from 4500ft to 6500ft. Vehicle has 23K on it with original Continentals with suggested air pressure. I am VERY pleased! Around town driving has ranged from 17.5 to 22.5 with the average closer to 21mpg. My wife loves it and I try to drive it every chance I get. "

    Nothing beats a Freestyle's combination of roominess and fuel economy. Except maybe a Ford500/Montego, the car version of this crossover, and of course it doesn't have the rear spaciousness.

    In fact, I've never seen any other vehicle, I mean NO OTHER vehicle out there, that exceeds the Freestyle's fuel economy in a crossover that size. Some large sedans are only slightly better. I'm talking about something (crossover or minivan) that is at least as big as the Freestyle, or maybe only slightly smaller, that exceeds its fuel economy. Does anyone reading tthis know of anything that is better? I've found the Honda Odyssey minivan and Dodge Journey 4-cylinder crossover are about even with the Freestyle, but not really better.
  • njmom91njmom91 Posts: 20
    Well I must have had a lemon or drive poorly because I routinely got 16 mpg city (and that's even after I got in the habit of coasting down hills!) on my 06 fwd Freestyle, and it DROVE ME NUTS. I do 90% stop-and-go city driving (going half a mile with out hitting a light is very rare).
    I got tired of being repeatedly told it was how I drove it, not the car.
    I loved the roominess but just traded it in for a smaller and (hopefully!) more fuel efficient car which still seats six (not seven).
    Kudos to you all for getting better mileage, it's a great car if you can get those kinds of numbers!

    p.s. for the person looking for a Freestyle with a middle row bench (25K miles) - there is one coming off lease in NJ - Carney Ford. But again, maybe it was just me, I never got the good gas mileage most everyone else seems to get.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    I'd be curious to see what the MPG is for the new car you're going to buy...
  • We have had our 2006 Ford Freestyle for about a year and a half. City mileage is around 14 mpg while highway is 29-30. I've actually driven straight highway between fillups and achieved 30 mpg on flat land. With our combination of driving, normal is 19-21 mpg which isn't bad for a 2 ton vehicle.

    Pickup trucks that size are lucky to get 16 highway.

    I find light acceleration inefficient in the CVT. It feels as if the gear isn't catching until 2500 rpm and then the programming brings it down to 2000 rpm with your foot in the same accelerator position when you hit 35 mph. Coasting is where the CVT excels which at the same time requires increased brake use in heavy traffic. You can take your foot off the gas and slow down 2 mph while an automatic transmission would slow you down 10 mph in the same time.

    I'd like to see mpg with a 4-speed automatic (geared for a car) and a 4.6L V8.
  • my 06 frestyle FWD sucks lots of gas but my ford 500 with the same engine and trans gets up to 24 miles per gallon. anyone can help here since i am clueless.
  • heltonhelton Posts: 56
    I have the same Freestyle. Bought it new and it just turned 20,000 miles. It gets very poor mileage – nothing like the 27 MPG that was advertised by Ford. Other people say they get great mileage, so go figure. Welcome to the club.
  • coldcrankercoldcranker Posts: 877
    I get great MPGs in my '05 front drive Freestyle, a high of 31 one time, and usually about 19 in city driving. However, after hearing about chronic low MPG in some Freestyles, I wonder if those owners having that problem have some internal calibration problem or a part out of tolerance which causes excess friction and drag in some.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,814
    "I get great MPGs in my '05 front drive Freestyle, a high of 31 one time, and usually about 19 in city driving. However, after hearing about chronic low MPG in some Freestyles, I wonder if those owners having that problem have some internal calibration problem or a part out of tolerance which causes excess friction and drag in some. "

    The highest I got in my 06 SEL was 35, all LA freeways.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    I get in the low 20's MPG for normal driving and around 26mpg on the highway. One thing around town is that with the CVT if you constantly floor it after stop signs and traffic lights the MPG really goes down. The only time I hit 30mpg was when I kept the highway speed under 65mph the whole time.
  • dairedaire Posts: 35
    WE have an '06 limited that we have always gotten great gas mileage on. It currently has 128,000 miles on it, and I still get 24 MPG in mixed driving and over 30 MPG on highway trips.
  • coldcrankercoldcranker Posts: 877
    Yep, because the Freestyle is shaped like a box, keeping the speed down is extremely important, as it really is on just about any vehicle. My best was when cruising on the low-speed-limit semi-rural highways near Jackson Hole, WY, where the speed limits are a low 55 (so I did about 59 or so), where I got, if I remember right, about 31 MPG. I remember it was over thirty anyway.
  • focusowner2focusowner2 Posts: 9
    edited April 2011
    After now owning a 2006 Freestyle for three years, here are my thoughts.

    City MPG is horrendous due to its weight.
    We average traffic lights every 1/3 of a mile on main roads and unnecessary stop signs every 3 blocks on back streets. 14 MPG.

    Highway MPG (60-65MPH with little or no braking) is wonderful at 30+.

    Mathematically, even 15% city will KILL overall MPG.

    At 15/85, 14mpg and 30mpg equal <26mpg.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,814
    "City MPG is horrendous due to its weight.
    We average traffic lights every 1/3 of a mile on main roads and unnecessary stop signs every 3 blocks on back streets. 14 MPG. "

    I owned a 2006 FWD SEL. I regularly got 18-21 in town with careful acceleration, not speeding towards lights, and staying off the brakes. However the best I did on the highway was about 26-27 (at 75 MPH). I seldom had it on the road, and mine is one of the worst possible driving scenarios - short trips of less than 10 miles each way.

    It is difficult, but possible.
  • heltonhelton Posts: 56
    The mileage on these cars is all over the chart. Some owners claim fantastic MPG and others get very poor performance. I own an 06 and one time, and one time only, I got 27 MPG on the highway by driving 60-65 MPH with no AC and no passengers. I usually get around 21 MPG driving at the speed limit with a passenger or two and the AC on. Local driving gets me between 16-18 MPG. My opinion is that some FreeStyles are better made than others. I think that translates to poor quality control by Ford.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,814
    "The mileage on these cars is all over the chart. Some owners claim fantastic MPG and others get very poor performance. I own an 06 and one time, and one time only, I got 27 MPG on the highway by driving 60-65 MPH with no AC and no passengers. I usually get around 21 MPG driving at the speed limit with a passenger or two and the AC on. Local driving gets me between 16-18 MPG. My opinion is that some FreeStyles are better made than others. I think that translates to poor quality control by Ford. "

    I don't think it is quality control. There are simply a lot of variables. Keep the extra weight out of the car (which I did not do), keep the tires at or above 35 PSI, go very easy on the acceleration, use of the "fake shift" (remove foot from pedal at intervals while accelerating), and try not to speed to lights, but rather time the lights so that you don't have to stop. The huge MPG hit is in accelerating.

    Also, winter is bad for MPG on any vehicle. I live in SoCal, so it is relatively warm here.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    I owned a Freestyle for 5 years for 85,000 miles and go in the mid-20s mpg HWY and low 20's MPG suburb, and in the high teens during winter driving in the suburbs. I agree that keeping the revs down by letting off the gas momentarily while accelerating helps, as does using cruise control on the highways.

    If you read these forums, you'll find that ALL cars have folks posting really low and really high MPG, not just the Freestyle. One reason is due to driver differences, and the other is due to mechanical variations in each car, so this is nothing unique with the Freestyle.
  • dbrickerdbricker Posts: 1
    Bought a 2005 a couple weeks ago.
    1st tank of fuel 24.3 mpg
    did an air filter change (was very dirty) pumped up the tire pressure to 44psi and learned to keep the foot out of the pedal.
    2nd tank of fuel 27.55 mpg
    Combo of city 35% and highway 65%
  • heltonhelton Posts: 56
    So what&#146;s your point, BobW? This part of the forum is about &#147;Ford Freestyle Real World MPG&#148; and almost 400 people, including you, have had something to say about the subject. Maybe there is nothing unique about the Freestyle gas mileage, but lots of folks want to talk about it because they own a Freestyle. It sounds like you would rather that people not write about their experience. Maybe it would be better if you didn&#146;t read this part of the forum.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    edited June 2011
    My point is that wide mpg variance isn't specific with the Freestyle. There are reasons for it that can be both mechanical and human. It's not a unique Ford "poor quality control issue" as suggested, if so, then that claim could be made on all vehicles.
  • heltonhelton Posts: 56
    My car has a window sticker that says, &#147;Built with Pride, UAW/Ford, Quality is Job #1&#148;. What a joke this is. The car came from the factory with mismatched outside door handles &#150; three were black and one was painted the color of the car. I found a wadded up parts list stuffed behind the manifold just before it ignited. The middle seat mechanism had to be replaced because the seat back could not be lowered. The plastic trim parts on the interior are always falling off.

    We just returned from a round trip between Kentucky and Washington state. The MPG ranged from 21 to 28 on the same terrain and driving style. Yes, I do believe there was a quality control problem with the Freestyle. Maybe that is why they don&#146;t make them anymore
  • haulthault Posts: 124
    I have a 2005 FWD since new. Had the usual brake,tire wear problems until I changed to ceramic pads. MPG was 19/22. Then this year I switched to Castrol Edge 5w30 and saw a 1 mpg improvement over other synthetic oils. Then I switched from Goodyear Triple treads which wore out fast (40,000 miles) to Michelin Energy savers and now get 20/24. I drive 70-75 on freeway, but use good mpg tactics in city driving.
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