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Ford Focus: MPG-Real World Numbers

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  • I did a 550 km. trip from Haliburton to Kingston and return today and got 44 mpg in my 2000 Focus SE Stationwagon.
  • igor2igor2 Posts: 148
    wow that's great.. I did a trip Philadelphia to Baltimore (200 miles) and with some traffic got just shy of 30mpg...(2005 ZX3 AT)

    overall, on 7 tanks i average 24.3 mpg... it seems that there is no way to get above about 22mpg in city driving (which is what I do mostly)...

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    epa 25/33.
    lowest 25(2 tanks), highest 33(1 tank)
    summer 30-31, winter 27.5-28.5.
    no long trips.
  • Open road wtih some hills: 35mpg
    Suburban: 25mpg
    City with severe traffic: 2mpg
  • inhaliburton is in Canada, so I believe his figure is in Imperial Gallons. 44 Imperial MPG translates to 36.6 US MPG. Still quite good.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    thanks for the translation. is that based on an imperial gallon is 4 liters?
  • igor2igor2 Posts: 148
    currently at 3k miles.. the mileage has been creeping up... as I am breaking in the engine especially my city mileage goes up.. no easily around 20mpg.. and should go up further.

  • kevmkevm Posts: 5
    Get about 280 miles before low fuel light lights up
  • Just bought a used 03 wagon. Dissapointing,
    only getting about 23-24 in mixed city/highway. Just bumped up the tire pressure and put in a new air filter. We'll see how that does.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    2.3 5 speed. 18k miles, 28.8 average. worst tank 24.7, best 32.8. epa 25-33. longest trip 90 miles(45 each way). conserative driver.
  • joshsttejoshstte Posts: 1
    My Focus if i really try and drive right ( slow take offs 55 on the freeway) I get about 400 Miles on a tank when the light comes on. When the light comes on it's about 10 Gallons used and still has about 4 Gallons Left. But usually I can't drive right because i'm always buzzing around (fast take off, sometime peeling out =) and pretty fast on the freeway) So i usually get about 300 Miles or 75Miles every quarter tank. So it's about $.10 a mile (10 gallons used) when I drive right or $.13 a mile (10 gallons used) when I'm buzzing around.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    what engine do you have? i have the 2.3, 5 speed also.
    my low fuel light goes on around 380 miles, although i have stretched it to 400 a couple of times. mine usually goes on after about 13 gallons.
  • harrydogyoharrydogyo Posts: 8
    Looks like the 2007 Focus Fuel Econ numbers are out and they're better than the 2006. Does that mean there were changes with the car in 07 or just luck of the draw with the testing?
  • radar1radar1 Posts: 25
    With 25,000 miles, I had come to expect about 28 MPG on highway trips, since that's what I usually got over the life of the car. This summer I was pleasantly surprised that on a 4,500 mile trip I averaged 32 MPG, and was able to travel over 400 miles on one tank for the first time. The 1,200 trip I took last month only averaged 24 MPG, although some of that was in 30+ MPH headwinds at the 75 MPH speed limit. I changed the fuel filter to see if that helps, but won't know til the next long trip.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    for the first time before the 'low fuel' light went on.
    just my normal driving.
  • vanacevanace Posts: 8
    EPA rating is 31 hiway for my 2005 focus ST. I have gotten a high of 36 mpg.. and regularly (in the summer with the good gas) get 32-35 mpg back and forth to work.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    430 miles 12.8 gallons. best tank ever. just my normal driving. tank lastest for 3 weeks. i don't drive far.
  • I got a little over 31 MPG on my last tank. I live in a rural area, so there is only a few traffic lights (and therefore no true city driving). I also drive 95% highway to work.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    loves hot weather. it finally did a somewhat extended trip (200 highway miles round trip). took advantage of relatively cheap gas on the mass pike to top off. overall, 575 miles, 16.6 gallons = 34.6 mpg. epa highway rating is 33 mpg.
  • loolalaloolala Posts: 19
    My car is six years old last month, and it's been very good to me. My highest mileage on one tank was 425 miles. Average lately has been 32MPG (85% highway), highest approached 34mpg. In the city it goes down a lot, but I don't have much time in the city!
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