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  • kenstar23kenstar23 Posts: 1
    In regard to Ford Escape fuel mileage - we have a 2005 Escape Limited, and have been pleasantly surprised by the mileage we've been getting. We've averaged about 18-19 in city driving and 22-24 on the road. If I keep the speed at 60-65 MPH, it has been getting 24 mpg. At 70-75 MPH about 22 mpg. The mileage is calculated using miles driven divided by fuel used not by the onboard computer which can be off by 1.0-1.5 mpg.

    It'a comfortable car to drive, has a lot of extras (back up sensors, moon roof, 6 CD changer, etc.)for $6000-7000 less than a Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano, etc.

    We're happy so far.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,786
    Well, my particular CR-V appears to be very sensitive to A/C and in town. If I do any significant highway mileage on a tank (about 10% minimum highway), I will get almost 22 MPG. On the highway, I get between 25 - 26. I am finding that the worst mileage is all A/C and all in town, about 20 MPG.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Haven't calculated recently but the best I got with one passenger and myself was nearly 19 MPG almost all highway. about 15.5 to 16.5 MPG more city less highway.
  • enzo1enzo1 Posts: 1
    Has Yakima Roof Rack with 66" bars on the factory rack.

    Worst: Going through Kansas with 5 kayaks on top and loaded inside: 11.8mpg.

    Best: Driving on I-40 in North Carolina, going 60 to 65 with two kayaks on top, 20.4mpg.
  • norrmanndonorrmanndo Posts: 81
    I generally get 18 mpg in my Mazda Tribute V6 (rated 18/23) with 75% City driving. Since I have a 3 person car pool we get 18 X 3 = 54 mpg per person. Which isn't bad. A car pool makes a big difference if you're concerned about mpg.
  • I am getting about 30-31 mpg Canadian at 110 kmh. That works out to 24.8 US mpg at 70 mph. Love that 250 hp Honda V6!!!!!
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,908
    Car pooling saves everyone. It is a big plus for the environment. I wish there was some way to reward people that car pool more than just using the carpool lane. Hopefully the saving on vehicles and fuel will encourage more people to try it.
  • Owned for 14 months with a total of 10k miles.
    One oil change at 5500 miles (so far) at which synthetic MB1 was used. Vehicle located in Wisconsin.

    * Cummulative lifetime avg approx. 24 mpg.
    * If cruise set to 74mph for highway trip, have consistently gotten 26-1/2mpg (during summer).
    * If speed maintained between 60-65 mph, have gotten 29-1/2 mpg (during summer).
    * Mileage drops to around 24 mpg with mixture of highway / city driving.
    * Winter takes a toll with mileage dropping to low 20's mpg.
    * In SE Wisc, we use reformulated gas.

    After 4500 miles on current oil change, oil is still at FULL mark; no oil used!! or added!! amazing! this is my first honda.
  • danpf1danpf1 Posts: 80
    Just thought I would let everyone know that sense my last post that my around town gas mileage has improved to 20MPG, hoping that the HWY mileage will also improve to 24 0r 25 MPG, using 91 oct. 2001LE 4x4 Auto AWD, full synthetics.
  • pato01pato01 Posts: 6
    I'm considering buying the 2005 Escape XLT with 3.0L 6cyl engine and automatic transmission, but am confused by contradictory info on fuel efficiency and type. Re: MPG, the dealer sticker and the Ford website's comparison with other brands & models show 18 city / 22 highway, but the Ford site's Escape-specific summary shows 20 city / 25 hwy. Re: fuel type, the dealer says use premium or mid-grade but the Ford site's Escepe summary cites regular unleaded. For both MPG and fuel type, the Escape-specific summary is more favorable.

    Which info source is more reliable and why? What is your own experience with gas mileage and fuel type needed?
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,213
    We had an '02 Escape XLT V6 and averaged about 20 mpg for mostly city, but some highway, driving. We also consistently saw nearly 25 mpg on the highway during long vacation trips.

    Our current '05 Limited V6 seems to be on the same track. We're currently averaging about 16 mpg but it is increasing with each tank just as the '02 did. By the time we have 3000-5000 miles on the motor we should be up to where we were with the '02. We currently have 1500 miles on it.

    I think the 20/25 figure you saw was for the I4 motor. The V6 is rated at 18/23 IIRC and both motors run on regular unleaded (87 octane). You DO NOT have to run mid or premium grade in the Escape's V6.

    Hope that helps.
  • pato01pato01 Posts: 6
    > I think the 20/25 figure you saw was for the I4 motor.

    Baggs:
    The Ford site shows the 20/25 mpg figure in the column for the XLT with 3.0L engine, but they show the same mpg figure in the column for the XLS with 2.3L engine. They may have mis-entered the mpg info. But at the same time, it's strange that their car stickers at the dealer show 18/22mpg for BOTH the 2.3L XLS and 3.0L XLT. Seems like the 2.3L should be more fuel-efficient unless it has to work too hard to move the vehicle. (The 2.3L definitely is underpowered for the Colorado mountains.) I don't get it.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,213
    I can't explain the sticker discrepancy but their site has been known to show mis-information before. What does Edmunds say? They usually have it right.
  • pato01pato01 Posts: 6
    Edmunds shows 19/22 for the 2.3L and 18/22 for the 3.0L -- essentially equivalent between engines.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I bet the V6 is geared taller.

    -juice
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,627
    our '04 v6 escape has been averaging about 22 mpg. more city would expect less, more highway, expect more. use regular gas. tire pressures can have a big effect on mileage.
  • My 2004 CRV - 13,400 miles since Jan..lots of highway .. colder months I've seem to get about 22 - 23 mpg.. when it's hot I get about 20 mpg.. best so far was going to Atlantic City..stop and go..no a/c and returning with no traffic..no a/c - 25 mpg. I dont expect to see anything above 23 on normal highway driving though..
  • dardson1dardson1 Posts: 696
    Had a '98 2wd Ford Expedition(bigger engine) that did well to get 12 in town and 16 highway. Decided to be PC and get a 2001 Toyota minivan. Drove it 2 years and averaged 16+ in town and 20+ highway (better than the Ford but nothin' close to the 19/25 promised). Traded that for a 2wd Tahoe with the 5.3 engine. I get mid 15 city and 19+ highway.
       I always check milage dividing miles by fuel purchased. . .drive conservatively in town and too fast on the highway.
  • lets456lets456 Posts: 6
    I have the 2002 XLT V6 and get about 14.5-15.5 around town and 18-20.5 on the highway at 75 MPH.
    87 Octane fuel. Around town is not bad compared to my Toyota Avalon that I just sold, but highway sucks. My Avalon got 28-32 MPG on the highway.
    I know they are two different "beasts". Are there any SUV's (Mid size) that gets decent mileage?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Maybe a 4 cylinder Highlander, though performance is probably only about adequate.

    -juice
  • lets456lets456 Posts: 6
    This may anwer your question from 3-years ago...I just came across this site. The blend of gasoline will decrease milage. However, when I flew small planes we would have to due fuel economy calulations. In the colder weather you would get better performance as far as more power, shorter take off rolls, etc but the fuel economy was less. However, in the summer you would get less perfomance (power, etc) but with better fuel economy.
  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    1978 Chevy Blazer. 400 ci small block,three speed auto, full time FWD NP 203 transfer case. 33 by 12.5 inch tires.......32 gal fuel tank.
    The old girl still gets between 14 and 17 mpg. It all depends on how I drive her and the weather. I limit myself to one tank a month.
    I have had many newer SUV owners cry when I tell them I get the same gas mileage they do.
    I always thought the newer ones should do lots better with gas. Most modern cars sure do a better job than the old ones did.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm sure it's the extra weight from the added features and increased size. Out of curiosity, can you compare the curb weight of your truck to that for a new TrailBlazer? I bet it's a lot lighter.

    -juice
  • juliajulia Posts: 73
    1st tank: 19.1 (one adult and one toddler, air conditioner on about 50% of the time. mostly on 35 to 40 mile/hour street road, 30% highway. Not in the city center of 25 mile/hour road)

    2nd tank: 20.38 (one adult and one toddler, no air conditioner on. mostly on 35 to 40 mile/hour street road, no highway)

    3 tank: 26.01 (two adult and one toddler, no air conditioner on. all highway).

    The “spec” is 22 for city and 26 for highway. Disappointed about the city mileage. The highway mileage quite matches the “spec”, that I am quite happy with. The MPG seems very sensitive to air conditioner on or off. Not sure whether the low city MPG will be improved. Now my car has 599 miless on its meter.
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    1999 suburban with 15600 miles on new engine and K/N, whipple supercharger, about 402 horsepower...... 14 mpg around town, 17 mpg all freeway at average 75 mpg

    cayenne turbo....14 mpg around town, 18 mpg freeway at 70 mph

    acura TL sedan...new, 1600 miles, 19 mpg around town, 25 mpg freeway.

    I'm surprised the small sedan got not so good mpg....maybe because its still new ? but it already past the breakin period....
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Lemme get this straight... You drive your Suburban faster than your Cayenne? =)
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    LOL...OK, I do need to explain. I do use the suburban for long road trips mostly, like on I-5 down to LA, where the average speeds are in the 80 mph range...so it hovers near 75 mph mostly.

    the cayenne is mostly for shorter trips, though I have taken it on a 3 hr and 6 hr trips (one each, one way). so mostly it stays at a lower average speed....closer to 70mph.

    I have taken it real fast for a short stretch when there were no cars around for miles....but that's only once....

    I just hope I can reach the EPA estimated 29 mpg on the TL.... so far I'm at 24mpg....and only going at most 65 to 70 mph...since we use it as a commute/everyday car.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    '98 Forester L, last few tanks:

    27.9 mpg - road trip to beach
    24.7 around town
    28.5 to beach again
    21.9 around town, with some towing mixed in
    27.0 to the beach once again

    Moral of the story is take a lot of vacations at the beach!

    Lifetime average has actually crept up lately, above 25mpg.

    Also, I'm using the A/C all the time, yet it hardly affects my mileage at all.

    -juice
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    Moral of the story is take a lot of vacations at the beach!

    LOL....that is a great conclusion !
  • Hi- I now have 1087 mile on my 2005 Escape Limited, bought May 26, 2004. I saw the gas average increased to 10.9mpg. My 2001 Explorer Sport 2door had 13,000 miles when I traded it for the Escape and I got 10mpg to 12mpg. This is all local driving in Brooklyn, NY. If I use cruise control on I95 at 65 to 75 mph, I'd get 20mpg to 23. Forget about trying to get the mileage that the sticker states. The local traffic, construction, lights, accidents, etc. all contribute to lower gas mileage. I now pay $1.95 per gallon for 87oct. I don't drive too much, so I fill up half a tank once a week. I average about 300 miles a month and get a reduction on my auto insurance for low mileage. The tank in the Escape is very small. I think it holds 14 gallons.
         Darryl Hannah uses oil from fried foods to drive her car. She gets it free. I saw her on T.V. last night. Her house in Montana is solar energy. She said any diesel engine can accomodate that type of oil. It's not my style.
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