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Ford Escape Real World MPG



  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    What is a tornado?

    It's a device that gives some vorticity (spin) to the air in your intake that supposedly improves engine efficiency.

    There has been some discussion of it in Gas Saving Gizmos & Gadgets.

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  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    Took a quick trip from Central Md to Lynchburg and back. Ran about 70 mph on 81 / 64, then down various state roads to the destination.

    Overall mpg as expected - 28 mpg. 2005 Tribute, 2.3 liter 4 cyl, 5 speed manual, All Wheel Drive.

    The big question is why the gas in Va has fallen to as low as 2.599 per gallon regular in Va, while here in questionable-practice Md, it has gotten no lower than 2.899 here, and still far higher towards DC, which is somewhat understandable, in a round-about way.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,173
    A tornado is a piece of equipment that make a vortex (spiral) of air to create a better air / fuel mixture. Some vehicles already have this system in place but call it different names (ex. Vortec, Ram Air). It is basically an air charger system that induces more air into the intermix chamber.

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I bet if you took yours out and reset the ecu, your mileage would stay about the same (or even go up a little bit). The $60 swirly gizmos don't increase the amount of air going into the intake. People spend big bucks to do that (Breathe Easy: Int. & Exh. Headers + Mufflers and Pipes).
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,173
    considering I no longer have the Escape, taking the tornado out would be hard at this point, even if it was still in. I had to take the tornado out when I had the Turbo system installed on the Escape.

    Odie's Carspace
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Our daughter is considering an Escape. she drives 2,700 miles a month. She either wants the Escape or a Jeep Liberty. She is certian she wants 4x4 but which is better the 4 or 6 cynlinder? and is there much difference between the 06 and 07?

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,029
    a subaru will probably be a better choice. neither the escape or liberty are know for gas mileage.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • gussguss Posts: 1,181
    I have had it now for 6 mos. and 10k miles. Total mileage is 54k.

    Overall 21.3 mpg in mixed driving. Best yet has been 24.2 on a trip.

    I am pretty satisfied with that, considering it's a v-6 and shaped like a brick.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,029
    this weekend.
    average of 19.5 mpg over 31k miles.
    longest trip has been about 250 miles.
    i will be draining the tank a few times.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,029
    first tank 303 miles 23.1 mpg. this included some nyc traffic across the gw bridge stop and go on I95 especially delaware.
    next tank 268 miles 21.9 mpg. worst traffic encountered was a stretch of 15 miles that took 2 hours. also dead stop on 1-95 in maryland for a while.
    last tank pa 15 to I81 to I84 317 miles 25.7 mpg.
    lots of hills in pa/ny/ct. tried to maintain 75 as much as possible. i'm really happy with that!
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • Just went over 30,000 miles. Mileage seems to be the same regardless of conditions, traffic, etc. (40% hwy, 60% city), averages between 24.5 and 25 mpg. With heavy hwy driving, tends to get close to 26 mpg. Overall, extremely happy with it, mileage is definitely better than the pickup I had before.
  • How many more MPG do you get with the Tornado/Vortec?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    You may be interested in Gas Saving Gizmos & Gadgets.

    tidester, host
  • zoom_utezoom_ute Posts: 13
    nice link.

    I find that my 2006 Tribute 2.3 AWD 5-manual is achieving closer to "old" ratings vs new. Although my highway MPG hasn't ever been as good as 26 (was ~25 though, in the winter with a full load at 70+ mph). As the car is breaking in the mileage seems to be improving. This winter I've averaged 23-24 mpg, with one tank as low as 22 (very cold with lots of slow driving i nthe snow) and one recently as high as 25.3. I have less than 7k miles on it so far, I expect it will go up another 1-2 MPG by 10k miles Based on info from my brother who has a 2005 Escape 2.3l 5-M (he averages about 25 per tank and gets 27-28 on the highway)

    I looked up my old car as well with the link, a 2004 Passat 1.8T 5-manual, that car definitely achieved the "new" lower MPG ratings. AC, lots of stop and go turbo use, and cold weather REALLY killed mileage in that car. And it was geared low so the highway MPG at realistic speeds was not so great.
  • krtributekrtribute Posts: 1
    Hi guys,
    Just signed on after writing a review in Edmunds.
    I have the 2005 Tribute i, 4 cyl front wheel drive, 5 spd Automatic tranny, all the std. features, plus cruise as option. Bought it new 3/05

    Just checked MPG again for a 40% hwy/60% local tank. I get 29.1 mpg. No word of a lie, the thing is amazing considering it is a small suv that you can fill to the brim with stuff, AND it handles like a sports car.

    You start adding 4 wheel drive and 3L 6cyl and the mileage of course falls off. I am so pleased with this vehicle I can't even tell you.
  • ron1958ron1958 Posts: 9
    My FWD 4cyl XLT which I bought early May has been great on gas so far. It has the trip computer which for the first 2 tanks of fuel showed 24.5 and 25 mpg. I verified these figures against fuel used, and pretty much spot-on. My driving is a 60/40 mix of highway/city. I am sure in 100% highway miles it will exceed the rated 26mpg.
  • garboogarboo Posts: 2
    When I drive with OD OFF I seem to get better
    gas mileage than with it ON.The owner's manual says the opposite is true.I usually drive around 95 km/hr.I computed 24.8 mpg..mostly highway.
    It seems like the gas gauge goes down quicker in OD..weird.
  • ryland2ryland2 Posts: 1
    At 42,000 miles I have an average of 20.9mpg with mostly country driving.
  • elkay38elkay38 Posts: 2
    I have a 2005 awd Escape v6 LTD 90% local driving- computer is steady at about 13.7 mpg. Not driving like grandma but don't have a lead foot either. I like this car and am ready for a new one, however the mpg is making me look at other small suv's. Any advice?
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    We've had our 2007 Mariner FWD V6 for about 6 months and it averages 21-22mpg. That's half city, half hiway.
  • boyceboyce Bossier City, La.Posts: 48
    Just did my 1st mileage check. All local driving. Most trips under 5 miles. 80% stop and go. Longest Distance without a stop, 4miles. Got 19 mpg on second tank. No opportunity for a road trip yet. Just passed 500 miles.

    2012 Mazda 3 Skyactive 6spd. auto 2008 Mazda Tribute S 4spd auto.

  • boyceboyce Bossier City, La.Posts: 48
    :) Just did my 1st mileage check. All local driving. Most trips under 5 miles. 80% stop and go. Longest Distance without a stop, 4miles. Got 19 mpg on second tank. No opportunity for a road trip yet. Just passed 500 miles.

    2012 Mazda 3 Skyactive 6spd. auto 2008 Mazda Tribute S 4spd auto.

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  • boyceboyce Bossier City, La.Posts: 48
    2nd mileage check, same conditions as post#56. 19.2 mpg. Now have over 800 miles.

    2012 Mazda 3 Skyactive 6spd. auto 2008 Mazda Tribute S 4spd auto.

  • Recently bought 06, with 30k miles, and calculated first 3,000 miles for gas milage. Mostly country roads, very careful use of gas pedal and RPMs. Full average 28mpg. Not bad but for all the effort, wanted more. Will try removing cross bars. Any new ideas?

  • I have the above (03 Ford Escape, V6, 4WD) which I recently purchased. It has the heavy duty Luggage Rack. I am looking for ideas on how to improve my MPG. Anyone out there have any? I get about about 16-17 MPG average combined highway/city. Have yet to get 300 miles from the 16 gal tank but have taken no roadtrips yet but will over Thanksgiving so I'll soon know what my Hwy MPG will be, I am happy with the vehicle overall but had hoped to get better MPG when I purchased.
  • fjb37fjb37 Posts: 5
    My wife drives an 05 Escape V6 w/AWD and got about 13 mpg in combined city/suburban (Chicago area) driving when we first got it from CarMax. The vehicle was a Hertz rental from LA and how and why it ended up in Chicago is anybody's guess but it looked like new and had 13.5K miles on it so we bought it.

    I had no idea what kind of oil CarMax put in it so when oil change time came around I used the 5W-20 Motorcraft semi-synthetic as recommended in the owner's manual. The mileage increased to the 15 mpg range. The next oil change I used 5W-20 Mobil1 full synthetic and sucked 5 qts. of fluid from the tranny and replaced it with Mobil1 synthetic tranny fluid. The in dash mileage computer is now in the 18 mpg range for city/suburban driving. You might want to try full synthetic oil if you are not using it now and use 5W-20 as recommended by Ford.

    My wife loves this vehicle, I do not care for it. I prefer our 94 Dodge Grand Caravan.
    The Caravan has what the Escape has not. A comfortable leather seat, foot room, a comfortable gas pedal angle and enough room between the gas pedal and brake pedal so I don't hit both with my size 11/4E New Balance shoes. It also does not have cheap hard plastic where I rest my elbow! I will admit that the Escape does quite well when the snow flies. The auto AWD works beautifully in the snow.and the vehicle goes where you point it without slipping or sliding. Other than that, Ford could have done better. Just my $0.02.

  • Just an update from 10/8, now another 1,500 miles approx, milage still holding between 26 &28 over country roads, and hwy.

    Suggestions: Drive by the Tachometer, try and attain 30mph at no more than 1250rpm, 45mph at 1600rpm, and 55mph at 2000rpm. Dont use cruise control on hilly areas, carefully raise the speed, and country roads use OD on any hills. Take your foot over the gas any down slopes, dont idle the car, dont warm up and no jack rabbit starts.

    Keep tire pressure mfr specs, and of course find the shortest distances to where you have to go.

    good luck.
  • Thanks Fred and Bob for the input to my question.


    I had planned to go to synthetic as you had done and see if that helps but was wondering if there were any aftermarket add-on's like headers/exaust bolt or a chip that might help but so far have not seen any for the escape. I'm thinking of replacing all the oil's in the vehicle with Red Line and see what that does but the oil is fairly expensive and harder to find so may to to Mobil synthetic instead.

    I have just returned back from a Thanksgiving trip (525 miles one way) and on the way up was able to acheive 20 mpg without babying the vehicle and running 70-75 most of the way. My vehicle is a V6 automatic and I have previously tried running 65-70 on the interstate in overdrive but when I go up any hills the vehicle will downshift and the RPM's jump from about 2200 to 3000 which I assume reduces my MPG. I seem to have to only run about 63 MPH to keep the vehicle from downshifting up small grades. I'll keep expiermenting and see what works best. We like the Escape so far. We have the leather seats and electric drivers seat and padded console so it's all pretty comfortable and there seems to be plenty of space between the gas pedal and brake so no issues there for me. I think I would have liked the 4 cyl model better as I'm more into saving fuel than having the extra power but will make the best of what we have.

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