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Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan Real World MPG

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  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,691
    I heard the gearing was different but didn't check. It is lighter due to limited options which also helps.
  • I'll give you that the Prius isn't the coolest looking vehicle on the road... but small? Did you actually sit in the thing? I am currently deciding between a Prius or a 4-cyl Fusion SE and let me tell you, the prius may be MORE roomy if anything, especially in the back seat. I am a 6'2 male and I sat in all 5 seats in both cars (2010 versions) and I don't hit my head on the ceiling in ANY of the back seats in the Prius where as I do in the middle back seat of the Fusion.

    Also I like the JBL audio system in the Prius better than the Sony system in the Fusion. But.... I still like the Fusion better for looks and overall driving. Bleh tough choice.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    OTOH, if you actually want to put three in the back, which would be the only reason for someone to sit in the middle, it would be less likely to work in the Prius, due to less rear hip and shoulder room.
  • Well I have 1000 miles on the new ride. The computer says 26.7 avg mpg and that is mostly short trips. I could not be happier with this car.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The computer says 26.7 avg mpg and that is mostly short trips. I could not be happier with this car.

    Would you be happier with 26.8 avg mpg? :P Then you COULD be happier with the car!

    Just messing with you - I really like the Fusion. How does the computer do with mileage compared to actual? Its fairly accurate on my girlfriend's Santa Fe, but my parents' '08 Taurus is usually pessimistic by 1/2 to 1 MPG.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,699
    my 07 fusion awd is usually optimistic by about .5 (half a) mpg.
    i have a hard time seeing the '.' :)
  • How does the computer do with mileage compared to actual?

    I am not sure because I have not checked it yet. I was going to wait till the engine breaks in and then compare. as long as its close I will not worry. I am happy with anything over 25mpg. Its getting cold here in Cincy so it will be interesting to see how the mileage holds up. I know my Toyota Taco dips below 20mpg when its cold out.
  • I've been slightly disappointed in the ave. mpg for our recently purchased used 2008 4 cyl. auto Fusion (purchased Oct. '09 w/ 12,300 miles). With over 13,500 miles now (it should be broken in), I recently calculated the ave. mpg manually and found that for the last two tanks we have averaged 20.65 and 19.5, respectively. However, the car is driven in heavy suburban traffic in the Wash. DC suburbs - about 90 % city/suburban traffic - with very limited highway miles. Other posters with the older 4 cyl, seem to be getting much better results even in the city or is this about right given the hard, constant suburban/city driving (a lot of stop and go) w/ an automatic? Of course driving style can influence but should I look at alternatives - e.g., air filters, type of gas. etc... to improve performance?
    Thanks TT
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    CR got 15 mpg city in their test of a 4 cyl Fusion/Milan in both 2006 and 2009, so it is definitely possible to get amazingly low mileage under the "right" conditions.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,699
    i assume you are not driving too far today.
    first i would check you air pressures and bump them up a bit, so see if that makes a difference.
    you should check your air filter to make sure it is clean.
    any type of heat or cooling runs the a/c compressor, which cuts city mileage.
    the odomoeter can also be off by a bit, but under the conditions you drive, it really can't be measured for accuracy.
    are you a transplant from somewhere else? DC is not 'titletown'. ;)
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I don't think having the heat on always runs the A/C, normally that is only the case when it is on "defrost" setting with all or most air flow directed to the windshield.
  • Thanks for the reminders on how to hopefully bump up MPG. As Jeffyscott points out our daily commute pattern may be ideal for low MPG, though it makes our 2007 Pilot at 15 mpg for the same driving conditions seem less offensive now. I'll keep monitoring and hopefully gain some improvement over time. At any rate, generally really like the experience with the fusion after 2 months; compared to the '95 Taurus it replaced, it drives like a BMW.

    And you are so correct about Wash. DC not being title town for professional sports. I'm actually a local here in the DC area with the title town term a tongue in cheek reference that I and couple of old friends/teammates use for our perennial runner up status in high school sports 30 years ago in suburban MD. Glory days....
  • tldtld Posts: 37
    Anyone have any real life experiences with an AWD Fusion and what type of mileage they are getting?
  • urnewsurnews Posts: 668
    Anyone have any real life experiences with an AWD Fusion and what type of mileage they are getting?

    Our experiences have been very poor. All-city driving averages are about 15 mpg, sometimes as low as 13. We have only taken a few trips during our 16,000 miles and averaged 24 mpg on those. We have a 3.0-liter, V6 AWD 2007 SEL. We love the car except for the mileage, which sucks.
  • I have a 2010 Fusion sport 3.5 v6 FWD, has about 3000 mile now. I am getting about 21mpg, about 60city and 40freeway time.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,699
    the climate and type driving you do makes a big difference.
    my 07 fusion awd is averaging about 22 mpg. high around 27, low about 18.
    pretty much what the sticker had on it.
    have just over 22k on it, so i think it will keep getting better.
    hoping for a 23 mpg average overall.
  • Last tank mostly highway 29MPG car has 4,000 miles on it.
  • I have a 2008 Merc Milan mwith 47,000 miles on it now, Duratec 3.0 engine, 5 speed automatic, all the bells and whistles.
    cruises well at 72 mph, with average of 33.4 mpg both on computer and manual calculation. Stop and go driving drops that to 26.4 mpg, and I have never seen under 20 mpg yet!
    Car is smooth, seems quicker with traction control turned off, and in general is one of Ford's truly quality vehicles. Abig change from my 96 continental, which was great, but in the shop a lot for computer glitches.
    tried the Hybrid fusion, and found it didn't get any better mileage than this one, and in fact gets almost 3 mpg less at 7o mph.
    DF
  • urnewsurnews Posts: 668
    I thought the automatic in the Fusions/Milans was a six-speed automatic. Am I wrong?
  • donl1donl1 Posts: 109
    My 07 I4 Premier has the 5 speed.
  • 2010 upgraded to a 6 speed, I believe
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Before the 2010 model debuted, 4-cyl models were 5-speed only, V6 were 6-speed only.
  • I believe the mileage could come down close to the standard 4 cylinder.
    If you are not in the city but in a more suburban route you would be stooping at stop sign the accelerating to 45 MPH then stopping again. You would be using the gas engine to accelerate then cruising along going up and down hills. You would not be running on the electric motor at any time.
    Does the electric motor continue to push the car even when you are going 65 MPH and the gas engine is running? If that is the case I could see the the millage could always be better then the 4 cylinder mileage.
    My concern is with the Hybrid versus the 4 cylinder and with the rebate on the 4 cylinder there is a 5,000 difference in the purchase price. You would need to save a lot of gas to make up the difference.
  • I needed to lease a new car and was tempted by the Fusion ad for $167.00 a month. Of course it was for 24 months, 10,000 miles a year and I needed 36 months, 20,000 miles a year. My Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealer gave me a price of $282.00/month for a loaded 2010 Milan. Loaded with all power stuff including driver's seat, moonroof, back up alarm, 17" aluminum wheels, bucket seats, console, floor shift, I4, 6 speed automatic, SYNC, (that answers your phone and places calls by voice commands), Sirius (free for 6 months, 36 month, 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty,5 years 60,000 mile powertrain warranty, spoiler, LED tailights, puddle lights, fog lamps, right and left outside heated mirrors, rear window defogger, traction control, ABS, dual lighted vanity mirrors, and much more than I can remember. I told the dealer that I needed to be closer to $200.00 a month and I left. he calls four days later to tell me I can get the car for $249.00 a month on a 39 month lease.

    So before I go to get the car I decide to see what else is out there. I stopped at several other dealers but didn't find anything that impressed me the way the Milan did. I did stop at the Chevy dealer because they had just started running ads for malibu LS for $188.00 lease. Same as Ford, 24/10,000. I look at a Malibu LS which is really stripped and on Impala that at least had power driver's seat. The Milan, Malibu and Impala all listed around $24,500. The Chevy dealer works up a number on the Malibu and Impala, $329.00 for the Malibu and $429.00 for the Impala. No GM incentives on the Impala is why it was so much higher. I leave and went over to get the Milan. It is a georgous car! I have put almost 700 miles on it so ar and I am averaging 27.1 MPG so far. It rides like a dream and looks good. I love the SYNC feature! It is the most comfortable car I've ever driven.

    Now I understand why Ford is making money without government grants and GM is still taking their money. And keep in mind that the Fusion/Milan/Malibu/Impala are all about the same size. Nascar uses the Fusion, Malibu and Impala as their base vehicles.

    I can't say enough nice things about my Milan.

    Mr. Ed
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    I am about to buy a 2008 SEL with the 3.0 engine. It has the 6 speed. The 2.3 has the five speed. The 2010 2.5 has upgraded to the six speed.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,794
    "Does the electric motor continue to push the car even when you are going 65 MPH and the gas engine is running? If that is the case I could see the the millage could always be better then the 4 cylinder mileage.
    My concern is with the Hybrid versus the 4 cylinder and with the rebate on the 4 cylinder there is a 5,000 difference in the purchase price. You would need to save a lot of gas to make up the difference. "

    The Ford Hybrid system does use the electric motor at all speeds.
  • podpod Posts: 176
    In the first 900 miles I have averaged 30.9 mpg. The built-in calculator is pretty accurate at 30.6 mpg. I drive at 67 mph (w/ cruise control on highway) and at traffic flow locally. Mix: 60% local (residential stop and go) and 40% highway. The manual says not to bother calculating MPG until it has 1-3K miles on the odometer. I expect the MPG will increase in time by 4-5 MPG. My ten year old Sable V6 got about 24.5 local and 31 highway. I don't really miss the V6 since I am not a jackrabbit type. I like the quietness of the cabin. My only complaint is that the bolstering on the driver's seatback (cloth covered) seems too wide prohibiting my back from resting comfortably against the seat back. Couple that with the headrest angle and I have had to fiddle with the steering wheel controls and the seat positions to be comfortable. In time I will likely put a cushion in there to fill the space and support my back. Otherwise I am pleased. Ironically I do not have a cell phone and hate the damn things so all the synch features are inaccessible to me even though in the car. Call me a Luddite.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,637
    OK I have had my Fusion SE now for 6 months, I went from a 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe with the 2.5L w/CVT. I was averaging 30 MPG with that car, 75% highway and 25% city.

    After 6 months with the Fusion the computer is telling me I'm averaging 29.6. Now I live in PHX,AZ, so the A/C is running all the time, and I do drive the car some what hard, the 6 spd manual is a wonderful transmission. I took the car for its first long distance trip PHX to San Diego and back. Cruise control on for 90% of the time, between 70-75 (rpms between 2750 to 3K) the computer showed 36.9 average, but when I calculated it out it was 32.6. On my way back from San Diego the computer showed 33.1 and I calculated it to be 32.8.

    Over all I'm very happy with this car, granted my Altima got better mileage (never took it on a road trip) and had a larger tank but I like my Fusion.
  • kam327kam327 Posts: 115
    Recently rented a '10 with 36,000 miles, 4cyl SE, and averaged around 32mpg with highway driving at 75mph.
  • podpod Posts: 176
    With 7500 miles on my 2010 I-4 Milan my numbers are about the same. I stay closer to 67 mph highway (w cruise control) for 33-34mpg and average about 31 with the remainder of the miles largely resindential. I am fortunate to be spared a stop and go commute usually but when that hapens the mpg falls to 23-25 mpg. Also a comfortable, quiet, competent car with many subtle nice touches.
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