Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan Real World MPG

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Share and compare your Fusion/Milan's actual MPG with other owners.


  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,123
    My average MPG is now at 27.3 MPG!! (per the computer) Can you believe it?? I do mostly highway driving by the way.. If it gets this good of MPG now, I am betting I hit a good 30MPG HWY no problem.
    I had the Duratec 3.0 in my Escape. Having had this car now for a month I notice this engine is much smoother and quiet at idle. You can't even tell the engine is running, unless you look at the tach.
    Thanks for the link on quality. I wonder why this wasn't on the news or in the paper??
  • theman123theman123 Member Posts: 170
    I wonder why this wasn't on the news or in the paper??

    Simple, it's a Ford
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,123
    in my Fusion SEL V6. Took the wife and kids over into central Oregon for a few days of fun. I am telling you, this car drives and handles like cars costing thousands more. Cruised at 65-70 and my average MPG with A/C running and crossing the Mountains, was 26.7 MPG!! Not bad in my book. The car only has about 2400 miles on it. I am really curious as to what the mileage will be when the car hits over 5,000 miles. V6 was strong and confident going up steep climbs. Cabin was quiet. At times I even popped the sunroof in the tilt position and still pretty quiet. The more I drive this car the more I love it. The more I know I bought the right car. Ford has a great sedan again in its fleet. The car is proving to be built solid and reliable. In another forums room a person already has 10,000 trouble free miles. Now its time for the media to take note and recognize this!! :mad:
  • fritzyfritzy Member Posts: 12
    I bought a Fusion S (manual) 4 cycl. July 4th for $14,988 and 1.9% financing for 48 mos.($335/Mo). First tank averaged 27.1 mpg, 2nd tank 27.4 mpg mixed city, hiway & mountain driving.
  • dlangdlang Member Posts: 59
    3500 miles and 13.9 mpg per computer. This car is NOT FOR NY CITY DRIVING! And with hot weather and A/C on, just got 10mpg on last fillup.

    This tin can car is a P-O-S!

    A Bentley gets 10 mpg. A Honda Accord averages 30 mpg.

    What is the lemon law on returning cars with BELOW avg mpg??

  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,123
    My Fusion SEL V6 just dropped from 27.4 average to 26.8 average. Maybe I need to keep my foot out of the pedal a bit more? ;)

    diang, take it back to dealer, have it checked over. 13.9 is way, way low. Driving habits also are a key factor in MPG.
  • glastmanglastman Member Posts: 2
    I'm just back from a 400 mile trip in my SE 2.3 auto. Tested fuel mileage at different speeds and found the i4 is very sensitive to speed, compared with the v6 in my previous car. The terrain is a little rolling. I cruised at each speed for about half an hour to get an average reading. Here are the results:
    65mph: 36mpg
    70mph: 33mpg
    75mph: 29mpg

    Having learnt that, I settled on 65mph for the rest of the trip. Again, a V6's optimal speed should be higher.

    btw, I haven't reached 1000 miles yet. After breakin, how big an improvement can I expect?
  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLMember Posts: 6,069
    Not to ruin your party, but using cruise control during the breakin period is the worst thing you can do to the transmission (engine usuall is not as sensitive). I bet your manual clearly tells you to avoid it (as all prolonged driving in constant engine speed).

    The idea of breaking in is to let allow all elements to fit each other. You do it by allowing your car regularly through upshifts and downshifts and not revving it.

    You probably did not ruin anything yet, but do not use cruise control for another few hundred miles and do not go with constant speed for extended periods.

    2018 430i Gran Coupe

  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Member Posts: 1,230
    Using cruise control is FINE. The "break-in" for an engine is still good practice, but modern engines are much more tolerant and durable. As long as engine revs are varied throughout the trip (as cruising at different speeds accomplishes, along with some rolling terrain), there's no problem. I've even heard of some DaimlerChrysler engineers that actually RECOMMEND revving the engine to redline every once in a while during "break-in".

    Expect gas mileage to improve as the miles are added on. Many Mazda6 owners get well over 30 MPG with the 4-cyl as soon as 5-6K miles
  • glastmanglastman Member Posts: 2
    You're so right dino. Thanks for the reminding. I really hope I haven't done any harm to this beauty.

    btw, who else also thinks the 98-05 Intrepid is also a beauty? That's my previous car and I really loved it.
  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLMember Posts: 6,069
    Breaking is not for the engine, or more precisely the engine is actually not a dominant factor driving that recommendation.

    It's mostly for the rest of the mechanicals. It's mostly about exposing the drivetrain engine to changing loads - in this case rolling hills would do some of the job. Revving up recommendation varies by manufacturer, but none recommends constant engine speeds for prolonged periods.

    My Subaru explicitly says no cruise control and no 4000+ rpm, except "emergency", which was virtually impossible to keep with WRX :blush: :shades: .

    2018 430i Gran Coupe

  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,123
    I love my Fusion, but I have to admit. While on vacation and driving around town more I only averaged 22.3 MPG. Granted the A/C was going most of the time. Now being back to work a week now, my mileage is back up about 27.2!! Freeway driving makes a world of difference in these cars..
  • fritzyfritzy Member Posts: 12
    Fusion S 4 cyl manual--28.885 mpg on last tank of combined highway/suburban/mountain driving in colorado at 2900 miles. ( I don't comute in rush hour traffic, I excellerate slowly, coast downhill, downshift (manual trans.)and rarely use the brakes- I just sold my 1997 Jeep Wrangler with 83k miles and still had 50% on the original brake pads! ).
  • explorerx4explorerx4 North Central OHMember Posts: 17,737
    i drive my focus pretty much the same way, except for the downshifting. i prefer to use the brakes a bit.
    my car does not have a tach, but does have an 'upshift' light. i rarely see it go on.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 91 Mustang GT vert
  • markw45markw45 Member Posts: 4
    I have a Milan V6 Premier and running urban hwy I get about 32mpg at 55mph. So far in the somewhat hilly area I live in combined with freeway trips of 17 miles I get about 26mpg combined. I think it would do better if I could stay down around 55 but I tend to creep up to 65ish. So far it's been running the AC most of the time. The car has about 600 miles on it so we'll see how it does after break in.
  • fritzyfritzy Member Posts: 12
    32 mpg is great milage for the v6. Driving 55 in 65 or 70 zones is scary though. Millage tends to drop off sharply above 60. I tend to drive right at the speed limit and I'm getting small improvements in milage with each tank. At 3300 miles, averaged 28.97 on last tank mixed driving (but no rush hour stop and go )in the I4 manual Fusion S.
  • markw45markw45 Member Posts: 4
    Not a problem in the Portland Oregon area, 55 is it on I-205. I rarely get to a highway with 65 speed limit and there is nowhere in the state above 65. Frankly I think the best thing the govt could do for gas pricing is to lower the limits back to 55. The fuel efficiency seems to go way up. I do prefer much higher for rural interstate though.
  • fritzyfritzy Member Posts: 12
    Lot of 65mph zones in the Denver area, therefore many drivers are doing 75, some @85- low drag vehicles like the Fusion & Milan almost as efficient at 60 as 55. I got a ticket doing 67 on I-70 going thru Arizona in 1974 when the national speed limit was 55. I still haven't paid the ticket-wonder if the warrant is still valid? Driving western states in my Fusion @ 55 is mind numbing.
  • dlangdlang Member Posts: 59
  • markw45markw45 Member Posts: 4
    If you're getting 13.4 you either sit alot in traffic or have tons of stop and go and a lead foot. Seriously, dont you wonder why you're the only one getting that low mileage? :confuse:
  • neile457neile457 Member Posts: 65
    Silly question, but how accurate is the computer. I have a base S model, so I don't have it, but is it really accurate. Have you tested it yourself? I've got less than 800 miles on mine so far, and I've gotten 27 mpg on one tank and 20 on the other (all city, I've had the car for 6 weeks and only have 780 miles on it)
  • ken74ken74 Member Posts: 13
    So far I have put 1322.5 miles on my new Fusion V6. The car has a cumulative MPG average of 19.71. This is mixed usage driving (60% Hwy/40% City). I am keeping an Excel spreedsheet to track fuel costs, mileages, octane rating, fuel brand, etc....

    My highest MPG per tank to date is 20.595 (dealer fill - high octane?) and the lowest is 19.144. Can't wait to see how the car does on a trip. :)
  • hercules00hercules00 Member Posts: 134
    All highway miles (averaging about 70mph) from Richmond VA to NYC and back got me about 22mpg in the Fusion V6.

    On the same route, I have gotten about 18 out of a Sonata V6, 19 out of a Taurus, 27 out of a Camry V6, 26 out of an Accord V6, about 24 out an Altima I4 and 20 out of a Mazda6 V6. All the above were rental cars - fairly new with < 10k miles.

    I must also add that except for the Altima I4, teh Fusion felt like it had the weakest engine. Of course with Taurus 'the boat' you are scared of even trying to figure out how powerful it is lest its terrible handling does you in, but still the Fusion definitely felt underpowered.

    I still love my stick-shift Celica GTS, 32mpg+ on the above route :) Of if weighs just 2400lbs and is an I4 but it is faster than them :D I luv it (thought its altogether in a different category)
  • explorerx4explorerx4 North Central OHMember Posts: 17,737
    i can get 18+ is my explorer v8 driving that same route, so i think you need to be a smoother driver. :P
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 91 Mustang GT vert
  • buckeyepilotbuckeyepilot Member Posts: 8
    I get about 20MPG in the city and about 27MPG on the highway. I have the 2006 V6 Fusion.
  • fho2008fho2008 Member Posts: 393
    28 MPG.....not bad, rated 23/31. I4 5A SEL. When will the hybrid be here?
  • chrisfordchrisford Member Posts: 55
    What else do you expect in NYC traffic. I get 10-12mpg in my I4 99 Contour driving around brooklyn. I think the contour is rated at 23mpg in City, year right. I guess they didn't figure into account NYC traffic.
  • chevyk10chevyk10 Member Posts: 12
    Date Octane Price/G Gallons Total Cost TankMiles MPG
    10/14/2006 87 $2.199 15.690 $34.50 362.90 23.13
    10/29/2006 89 $2.099 15.337 $32.19 397.40 25.91
    10/31/2006 87 $2.199 11.370 $25.00 284.20 25.00
    11/6/2006 87 $2.109 14.223 $30.00 381.70 26.84
    11/25/2006 87 $2.169 15.444 $33.50 362.40 23.47
    12/21/2006 87 $2.199 9.323 $20.50 161.10 17.28
    12/28/2006 87 $2.139 13.792 $29.50 332.30 24.09
    12/30/2006 87 $2.169 10.950 $23.75 296.70 27.10
    1/12/2007 87 $2.049 11.157 $22.86 205.90 18.45

    I drive an 06 Fusion SE V6. I'm at about 3200 miles. I'm getting my first oil change this week and hopefully the PCM/TCM update. I might also have a intermittent problem with an ignition coil. I'll let you know if my mileage improves after these services.
    -sorry about the formatting-
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,123
    miles.. averaging 23.6MPG..
  • nr9nr9 Member Posts: 55
    V6 milan

    got as low as 15.0 MPG before in the city.

    been driving long distance highways recently and upped it to 17.6MPG

    i usually rev to 5-6k rpm in the city and highway speeds 90% of time above 100mph
  • technetium99technetium99 Member Posts: 2
    My wife has been getting 36 mpg on the highway in our SE I4 5A. We usually get ~32 with mostly highway driving, but city only tanks of gas have been giving us 16-19 mpg. Some of this is attributable to aggressive driving, but I suspect it also has something to do with poorly placed shift points in first and second in the automatic.
  • ken74ken74 Member Posts: 13
    "I'm getting my first oil change this week and hopefully the PCM/TCM update."

    What PCM/TCM update?
  • chevyk10chevyk10 Member Posts: 12
    This one.
    FORD: 2006-2007 Fusion
    LINCOLN: 2006 Zephyr
    MERCURY: 2006-2007 Milan

    This article supersedes TSB 06-18-7 to add a production fix date.

    Some 2006-2007 Fusion, Milan, and 2006 Zephyr vehicles built before 9/4/2006, equipped with a 3.0L engine, and Aisin F21 automatic transmission may exhibit one (1) or more of the driveability and/or transmission symptoms listed below:

    Engine Driveability:

    DTC P0606
    Powertrain lacks response
    High idles after starting engine and lasting about 2 minutes
    Intermittent hard to start

    Shifts too early / too late / too often
    Gear changes take too long to complete
    Shifts rough or jerky from park
    Slow downshifts
    Takes too long to engage and/or hesitates while shifting from park to drive or reverse

    Reprogram the powertrain control module (PCM) and transmission control module (TCM) to the latest calibration
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,123
    "What PCM/TCM update?"

    I own an 06 SEL v6 and had this done. Having owned the car for almost 9 months and knowing how the car drives/shifts. To put it in a nut shell the car is more responsive. All 06 owners of Milans/Fusions should have the updated codes put in. Its under warranty and its worth it. :shades:
  • otaku18otaku18 Member Posts: 10
    I'm not sure if my car needs the PCM or not but I'm going to ask about it when I take it in for an oil change and such. So far I have 1600 miles on the car 12oo of which is freeway driving the rest city. In city I get about 13 or so and so far my best which was on my 1200 mile road trip was 22.3 however keep in mind I have the AWD model and I'll admit I have a lead foot and tend to speed (did 90 most of the trip)
  • mschmalmschmal Member Posts: 1,757
    Um, yes, thats the TOYOTA part.

  • chevyk10chevyk10 Member Posts: 12
    Don't want to get into an arguing match but....
    the problem is more with the software and electronics not the transmission itself...if it could even be construed as a problem at all.
  • wiredpairwiredpair Member Posts: 22
    I am driving about % highway/15% City driving:

    Picked up the car one week ago. I am getting 26.2 MPG overall since inception per the trip computer at 512 miles. I will be calculating manually as well once I have a few tank fulls.

    Trip computer says average speed 38 MPH so car must have been idling quite a bit at the dealer before delivery. I average between 60 & 65 MPH on the highway.

    I believe I will get closer to 28 MPG once it is broken in.

    I was initially questioning myself on getting the V6 but am sure glad I did.
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,123
    I am sure Ford has programed the updated PCM software into all 07 and probably late year 06's. My average MPG is 23.6 for my SEL V6 at about 11,700 miles. This isn't a "problem" per say. More of an upgrade/improvement.
  • urnewsurnews Member Posts: 668
    We have 1,900 miles on our 2007 V6 AWD SEL and have consistently averaged only 13 mpg in city driving, which is 95 percent of our total. We have nicknamed the car "The Guzzler" because of the crummy mileage. Our terrain is flat, the climate is mild, the tire pressure is correct and we are both conservative, gentle drivers. We are very disappointed with our Fusion because of this wretched mileage.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Member Posts: 3,855
    What did you drive before and what kind of mpg did you get for the same type of driving?
  • urnewsurnews Member Posts: 668
    Our 85,000-mile, 1997 3.8-liter V6 Thunderbird with four-speed automatic transmission delivers the same mileage, 13 mpg, over the same daily route and it's 10 years older and weighs 500 more pounds. The 13 mpg on the 2007 AWD SEL 3.0-liter V6 Fusion is extremely disappointing.

    The difference between 19 mpg (EPA city estimate) for this power train and 13 mpg is $539.24 EXTRA a year, based on 10,000 miles driven with gas at $2.22 per gallon. :sick: :lemon:
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Member Posts: 3,855
    That T-bird is rated 18/26. AWD Fusion is rated 19/26. So I don't see why you expect mpg to be much different between the two?

    You just must have a commute that results in poor mileage. I was getting 19 mpg in with that Ford 3.8L in a '97 Windstar. But now my kid is driving it to school...shorter trips...and getting about 10 mpg.

    When CR did their much tougher mpg test of the Fusion V6, they got 14 mpg city and that was w/o AWD. You drive must be more like their test than EPA's
  • chevyk10chevyk10 Member Posts: 12
    Boz man,
    Please don't fill up this board too. Everyone who drives a Fusion knows you are having gas milage problems.
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,123
    Well, I wanted to wait a while before posting this. My Fusion has ticked up .2 miles to an average of 23.8MPG. This is per the computer in the car. This is combined city/highway driving. I would say about 65-70 percent of my commute is freeway. I now have about 12,900 miles on my Fusion with no problems to report. Wind noise however seems to have increased a tad in the drivers side door. No rattles or squeaks on the interior. Cheers!.. :shades:
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Member Posts: 1,019
    Yeah,you must have an awful commute. My 1995 T-Bird with the 4.6 V-8 gets an easy 18 MPG and I don't think i've ever gotten less than 17 MPG even with all city driving.
    2012 Mustang Premium, 2013 Lincoln MKX Elite, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander.
  • wiredpairwiredpair Member Posts: 22
    Just an update. I've owned the car 41 days and just under 3,000 miles. I commute 150 miles round trip per day of which I'd estimate 80% to 85% is highway driving with the cruise control set at 60 MPH. The car does not get used for any other purpose. Yes, I try to drive like I have an egg under my foot.

    I have a SEL V6 (no AWD) and my computer shows 27.4 MPG while my hand calcs are at 27.1 MPG - a slight variance.

    Each tank has gotten a little better as the engine breaks in, two of the past three tanks have gotten slightly more than 28 MPG (I believe it was 28.13 and 28.17).

    The engine is turning around 1800 RPM at 60 MPH - I did notice an increase of about 1.5 MPG lowering my speed from 65 to 60 MPH.

  • kmaurerkmaurer Member Posts: 48
    I have had my Fusion for five weeks now (1,200 miles). My average MPG has been 20.8. I manually calculated this number - the car shows 21.0. My driving is 100% city (12 miles one way). After my first tank of gas, I've been very careful to accelerate and brake slowly (my frist tank of gas was 15.8). Overall, it's about what I expected.
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,123
    Update: I now have about 13,500 miles on my Fusion and the MPG has decided to take a jump these last 3-4 months. It just ticked over to 24MPG average and the trend is upwards. I am curious as the where it is going to level off. Seems like about every week of driving it ticks up about .2 MPG.
  • oshkosh49oshkosh49 Member Posts: 13
    I own a 2006 Mercury Milan Premier with the 3.0L V6. I drove back from the Madison area to Oshkosh a couple weeks ago. Before I left, I filled up the tank and immediately reset my trip computer after filling up. The car had 12,000 miles on it. According to the trip computer, the trip was 97 miles long, I averaged 62 MPH, and I averaged 32.2 MPG. On the divided highway I had the cruise control set at 74 MPH. On the two-lane highway I had the cruise set at 64 MPH. I'd say roughly 6 out of the 97 miles was city driving.

    The bottom line is this for those of you complaining about the mileage with their 3.0L V6 in their Fusion/Milan, your fuel mileage will definately improve as you put more miles on your car. Last year about this same time, I made the same trip when I had my Milan only a few weeks. Then I only got around 28 MPG. So all I can say is, be patient, the fuel mileage does improve over time.
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