I would like to have some feedback from some "Road Warriors" who own FFHs. The men and women who drive the interstates and other highways day in and day out, to give real world feedback on their Fusion Hybrids MPG. One of the topics I would particularly like to hear are the highways speeds you find to be the most efficient in your Fusion Hybrid. I'm not looking for the out-of-sight MPGs which area achieved by ultra-milers, just good real world experiences.
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Most Efficent FFH Highway/Internet Speeds
Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:07 PM
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:49 AM
Since no one had yet replied, I'll do the honors by not really answering your question and saying that I drive the speed that I want to drive and let the mpg do what it does. Interstate speeds of 70 to 80 mph with trip mpg always in the 40s.
Edited by mwr, 08 February 2018 - 01:49 AM.
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:48 AM
I have a similar philosophy, many thanks.
And for other readers, the "internet" in the title should have been "Interstate". A senior, sleepy moment.
Posted 08 February 2018 - 09:46 AM
Hybrids are not like gasoline engine vehicles, they don't have a "sweet spot", especially with the CVT transmission. Slower will always be more efficient in the FFH, so it's just up to you on how much you value the time/mileage trade-off.
Posted 08 February 2018 - 11:21 AM
FFHs get better mileage the slower they go. In 2008, a 2010 FFH went 1445 miles on a 17.5 gal. tank but the average speed was 22 mph. At highway speeds, every 10 mph speed increase reduces mpg by 6 mpg.
Posted 08 February 2018 - 11:26 AM
In my experience, the cruise control isn’t that great at switching to EV mode, so I try to be mindful of battery level, upcoming hills, etc. If you know the throttle to be within EV threshold, you can do a cancel followed by a resume. You can go like 84mph in EV mode, not for very long though ... But of course the EV motor will assist the engine with propulsion periodically depending on battery level, throttle position, etc.
35-40 mpg depending on speed.
Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:50 PM
On my last 300 mile trip I tried to keep my speed between 68-72 mph. I got 45 mpg. The same trip at 75 and above will get 39-41 mpg.
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Posted 09 February 2018 - 07:19 PM
I am going to caution against relying on the car/trip computations for mileage as they are off to some degree. Use the fillup receipts for a more accurate picture. The odometer is under by a couple % and the MPG will be on the generous side that and more sometimes.
Personally, I use the Empower screen (left side) and on '17+ the Fuel History on the right screen. I believe Fuel History is available in the left screen Myview on earlier models.
As noted the higher the speed, the less efficient mileage is. I take regular trips from home to Rochester, NY - about 85 miles. With a few exceptions the posted speed is 55 but I'm usually about 60 or so. Mileage is pretty decent but nothing to really brag about. I don't use all the "hybrid driving" techniques so my MPG is lower than those who do. It's not a fragile egg ... it's a car. So I drive it - sometimes like I stole it. <shrug>
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:57 AM
Like the comment "It's not a fragile egg ... it's a car". Responses like this are what I am looking for...Real Word driving.
Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:40 PM
I'll refer you to a thread I started after my first long trip in my 2015 FFH. Posts #1, #9, and #10 describe my first, second, and third trips. Trip #4 is coming up on 2/14/2018 :-)
Edited by mwr, 13 February 2018 - 03:45 PM.
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