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Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan Real World MPG



  • wiredpairwiredpair Posts: 22
    Ok, I crossed the 10,000 mile mark yesterday (4 months and 1 day after purchase) and filled up at 10,076.7 miles. The computer shows 29.2 MPG and my Excel calculations show 28.2 - so the computer may be a little optimistic or I am bad at math.

    I have an SEL V6 Fusion (no AWD) and keep the cruise at 60 MPH on the highway when possible. My driving is approximately 80%-85% highway and 15%-20% City.

    I am happy with the fuel economy thus far.

  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,019
    There is room for variation in the manual method. Most folks find the computer accurate within 0.5 mpg so that's not too far off.
  • I have an 07 fusion with V6 auto. I have owned it for 6 months and have 10000 miles on it. I make a 1600 mile round trip from Kansas City to Cleveland every other month. I watch the trip puter very closely and manually check my MPG every trip. I have found that my fusion gets any where from 25 to 30 MPG on interstate driving, depending on my speed. To get 30 MPG i have to put the cruise on 60 mph and leave it there. If i drive 85 mph the mileage drops to about 25 MPG. i generally drive about 75 mph and get about 27 MPG. I get around 450 miles out of a tank of gas on these trips. I have also found driving in the suburbs in stop and go traffic gets me around 15 to 18 MPG. I would also like to add that the my fusion handles and rides very well and is very comfortable on long trips. I have not had one problem with this car and am very pleased with it. The only negative thing i can say is if you are over 6'2", do not get the moonroof for head room is very limited.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    I now have about 17,500 miles on my 06 SEL V6 Fusion. Average MPG per the computer is now 24.7. My commute is about 60% freeway.
  • My last fill-up was at 17,721.8 miles and I was able to squeeze out 30.04 MPG on my commute (150 R/T per day nearly 85% highway driving) at 60 MPH with cruise on. This would include no jackrabbit stops and driving like I have an egg under the gas pedal.

    Overall, the computer shows 29.1 overall (never having been reset) and my manual calculations are 28.4 at the moment. The computer was as high as 29.5 when summer traffic was lighter.

  • I have a 2007 Fusion s I-4 engine (manual) it has 6k in miles. Average 60% city 40% highway. Average is 22 mpg. engine has a slight knock when first started then goes away after engine warms up. Dealer says every thing is fine; give it untill 8k or 9k for the computer to adjust. Any one else out there have similar experience? :confuse:
  • urnewsurnews Posts: 668
    engine has a slight knock when first started then goes away after engine warms up. Dealer says every thing is fine; give it untill 8k or 9k for the computer to adjust.

    An engine knock doesn't sound normal to me. I think I would get a second opinion from another dealer.
  • had 2006 fusion 2.3, 5-speed, got about 24mpg city, and once on the way to canada i got around 40mpg, but that was the only time i got anywhere near that. i noticed on the highway doing about 70mph im doing about 3k rpm, a 6 gear or a bigger 5th gear would be nice

    + the computer show you average, not current mpg.

    - had some engine knock when i would lug the engine, but that was it, i guess it is normal on the fusion, could just be spark knock or the VVT working
  • 2008 I4 5 Speed Manual, 600 miles total. Drove from Austin to Dallas and back and got 30 mpg. This was mostly highway with about 10% in town.
  • urnewsurnews Posts: 668
    A cause for celebration.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    First do you know what knock is? not being sarcastic here.

    most people define knock as premature ignition of the air fuel mixture in the cylinder. ON TODAYS CARS, KNOCK IS NOT NORMAL if that is in fact what you have. Knockis caused by: cheapo gas, not haveing enough octane in the gas, ie 86 octane is not regular, or in a car with lots of miles on it, there is carbon build up in the cylinder that retains heat from combustion and causes premature ignition.

    A bad O2 sensor could cause knock also as it causes the engine to burn too rich.

    If you do have knock then you probably also have a bad sensor some where. ANY KNOCKing would trip the "check engine light". A bad sensor would trip the check engine light.

    I'm inclined to think that you don't have knock and that you should get your dealer to test drive it because if you are telling him you have knock but your check engine light isn't on then I could see why you are being told some BS story about the computer breaking in.

    Cars that do knock really only tend to do so when under load such as passing or getting on the freeway etc. If you have knock at idle, you have BIG problems and your check engine light absolutely would be on.
  • well its not knock when idles, its under load

    example: manual fusion on hill, you lug it a bit and it knocks
  • It knocks when cold. After warm up it goes away. I use only BP, 87 octane. can't use anything higher as per the owners manual. The biggest reason for my concern is that my freind has an I-4 engine in his mazda( yes he beats his car) and it started with a knock before it blew. Temperature is not a factor because it was doing it during the summer. Also as for my gas milage I went the long way to go to a meeting (all Turnpike) and I got about 32 mpg. I guess in the city driving it literally sucks gas.
  • I posted a message a little while ago about my 2007 ford fusion's horrible gas mileage. lately I have been getting over come with the fumes and the gas milage has gotten worse not better as the dealership suggests it will. It now currently has 7,000 miles it has the I-4 engine and a manual trans. This is the first year that the ford did not put on a fuel filter in this model. I'm wondering if there is any one else that has this experience. Also i pulled it in where i work, put it on the lift and we found no leaks, but we still smell the fumes and the fuel pump runs constantly at idle. Am I alone in this? :sick:
  • I monitor webpages on behalf of Ford and I just recently saw your posting. If you smell fuel, I'd recommend that you take your vehicle to your dealership. The 2007 Fusion has a lifetime fuel filter that is integrated with the fuel tank. There is no maintenance required. Also the pump is designed to run continuously but there shouldn't be any fuel smell. If you have more questions, please contact your dealership or visit Thanks again for buying your Fusion.
  • When I pulled the car in to the garage we checked every thing. We expected the sending unit to be leaking. All was dry and the fumes were gone. I did take it back to the dealer and they could not find anything either. All we can figure out is that some gas may have gotten into the emissions canister. I've stopped filling up all the way. as for the gas milage I stopped using the floor/defrost ( which also turns on the a/c ). Now the gas milage has improved and there hasn't been any fumes.
  • I am considering the purchase of an I4 Milan with automatic. I drive 85-90% highway and drive about 67-72 mph. My commute is 144 miles round-trip. Right now, I get about 27+mpg with my '02 Maxima 6-speed manual. What could I expect with the Milan?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    According to EPA, you should get about +2 mpg with the Milan.
  • I was hoping I could get some "real world" numbers since that is the purpose of this thread. I have seen some members reporting numbers around 32-34mpg and I just wanted to see if they are just exceptions or if those numbers are consistently attainable.

    Thanks anyway though, :)

  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I did not even notice the forum title :) . But I do think you will get a more accurate estimate by comparing what you get now to what EPA test shows and then assuming a similar relationship for the Milan.

    I don't have a Milan but do drive a Mazda6 automatic, with the same 4 cyl and I have gotten 32-34 mpg in pure freeway driving at 70-75 mph.
  • This is precisely the data I am seeking. I know EPA estimates are just that...estimates. I like getting real-world feedback from owners like you because again, I am looking at 85-90% freeway driving and I would like to find a midsize car that will get me around 5-8 mpg better than my Nissan Maxima 6-speed. My Maxima gets good mileage considering it makes a cool 255 HP and with a 6-speed, will outperform pretty much any other mid-size car in its class. But at this point, I am looking for MPG above all else, including performance since that is usually the trade-off. However, I am not looking for a death-trap either. You know, life is a compromise. There are cars that get better MPG than the 4cyl. Fusion/Milan/Mazda6, but they are often smaller in size and lack content. There are cars that are certainly faster (my Maxima) but that comes at a price---MPG. I think overall, Fusion/Milan/Mazda6 is the best compromise, especially in 4 cyl. guise. I just need to collect info. on real world MPG.

    Thanks for your contribution, I encourage others to chime in with their thoughts as well. ;)

  • Yet another update. I crossed the 25,000 mile mark today and the computer shows 28.2 MPG and my hand calculations are slightly above 28.0 MPG so we're splitting hairs. Bear in mind, I drive about 80%-85% highway with a FWD V6. This MPG has been achieved driving at 60 MPH with cruise control and mostly avoiding hard accelerations. The car does get warmed up until the tachometer drops to normal idle speed, which may take a few minutes in winter.

    There is a noticeable difference with the winter blend fuel here in the Northeast, deducting about 1.5 MPG.

    I did hit the magical 30 MPG mark on two tanks during the summer when traffic was lighter but am struggling to get to 28 MPG now. I am hoping to see a rebound to a high average of 29.5 per the computer six months from now.

    Until next time,
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Driving about 85% CITY and not babying the car getting 25mpg combined.
  • fredvpfredvp Posts: 5
    I have had a 2008 SE with the AWD and 6 cyl since last year. I do
    about 40 miles a day. About 25 % city.driving. Average so far is
    22 mpg combined with about 4000 miles on it.
    The AWD system is great. Like my 4wd truck in the snow!
    I was thinking of getting a Subaru before I got this, but then I found
    the 6cyl in it took Premium gas! No way.
  • sikes30sikes30 Posts: 1
    Hey Gary,
    I know you want the real world milage on a V6 Fusion, but ill give you mine in the 4 banger version. i just bought an 08 fusion/160 hp 4 banger. it now has alittle over 1000 miles on it. i took it from Central Mississippi to Southeast Tennessee. a total of about 416 miles. 90% was interstate. i crused at 78 mph,,,,and i got 35+ miles to the gallon. i was used to filling my 99 tahoe up several times in a trip. with 26 gallons each time. we left Ms with about 3/4's tank. drove to warrior Al and filled up on about 12 gallons. we didnt need to but it was getting late and i hate to run at night on less than a full tank. drove 3 days in the town we went to and then filled up before we left. we drove 420 miles to my drive way and had alittle less than a quarter of a tank left. the little info bar in the dash said i had 65 miles left to E. so you can do the math. i figured close to 35 miles to the gallon maybe a tad more. i am just thrilled i dont have to pull in to a station on this trip i make once a month. not only that,,, i love the car,,,,i swore i'd never buy a ford,,i have been a GM or Toyota person all my life. the car rides, handles, drives like a dream. looking for some bolt on performance for it next. cold air induction, exhaust, and a strut tower bar. and if i can find a chip,,,maybe that.
    i hope this helps alittle
  • g_alleng_allen Posts: 15
    Yeah, actually I am seeking info. mostly on the 4 cylinder. A lot of the review sites say there is not much difference in hwy mileage between the I4 and V6. They are of course, basing their opinion on the EPA ratings which we all know are not necessarily accurate. Most naturally aspirated 4cyl. engines outperform 6cyl. engines which is why manufacturers make them in the first place. I'm not sure that I whole-heartedly trust on-board car computers either, but I don't doubt the 4cyl. Fusion/Milan outperforms a 6cyl. Fusion/Milan by a nice margin when it comes to mileage. I have just been trying to obtain real-world hard numbers to see exactly what the margin is. At this point, I have learned that the V6 pulls about 26-27.5 hwy vs. the I4 at 30+ hwy with several owners reporting 32 MPG. Any other 4cyl. owners want to chime in?

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,860
    we have an '04 escape with a 3.0 duratec and also a focus with a 2.3, manual trans (at least until tomorrow), so not exactly the comparison you are looking for.
    my experience is that they can be thirsty in city driving, but have no problem exceeding the epa highway mileage on a trip.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • g_alleng_allen Posts: 15
    I assume you are referring to the V6 as being thirsty in the city as it is my understanding that the 4cyl. is quite frugal in city driving environments. I think most owners are reporting 21+ MPG/cty for the four.
  • fritzyfritzy Posts: 12
    My odometer just turned 30K. I average 27.5MPG mixed mountain/city/highway driving with studded snow tires. I noticed that my front snow tires were wearing unevenly on the edges (all the curvy mountain roads) so I recently increased the tire pressure from 33psi to 36psi. My last tank averaged 29.7MPG buy my grip on packed snow and ice is not as good. I average around 29.5MPG with all season tires last summer inflated at 33PSI. I may increase the PSI to 35 when I switch over to all season tires the last week of May. Most of my driving is done at high altitude: 7,000ft upto the altitude of my house, elev. 9150ft. The fusion gets around great in the snow and Ice with studded snow tires. Drives through 12" snow without any problems.
  • g_alleng_allen Posts: 15
    As far as I can tell, particularly with the Milan, it can be essentially a 4cyl. Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ (although FoMoCo. will have you believe otherwise) save for a few goodies and pull around 30 MPG or so on the highway. I must say, that is pretty appealing these days with $3+ per gallon gas.

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