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post #1 of 102 Old 10-28-2013, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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2013 Ford Escape - Poor gas mileage

I was assured by the selling dealership that the new mileages statements were very accurate, unlike former years. The advertised mileage for the car I purchased was 23mpg city/33 mpg hwy, with an average of 26mpg.
I have been very disappointed with only 18.5 mpg average.

I had told the service/selling dealership about my concern at every servicing.
The dealership/service company told me to wait until I had 3000 miles, then told me to wait until I had 5,000, and so on. I now have 14,000+ miles on my car and still average no more than 18.5 mpg. The dealership now says that they can't do anything if there are no software updates indicated by Ford, or if the "check engine" light has not come on. My Escape is the 1.4L engine with ecoboost. My driving is both city and hwy and I am careful not to drive with exaggerated acceleration, or braking. I wish Ford Corp had a remedy for this poor fuel performance. Oct 28, 2013
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I have found in the past with other vehicles that the mileage starts to get better at 8-10,000 miles when broken in, however our 2014 with the 1.6 ecoboost is getting 19-20 around town and 28-29 on the highway, at less than 2,000 miles. Your driving habits do have a lot to do with it, but there can be a variety of issues that can decrease mileage without setting a code. Something as simple as a mis-adjusted parking brake, or sticking calipers. I would write to Ford, or at least try a different dealer, while it's still on warranty.

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I assume you have FWD, based on your comments (correct me if that's not so). What mileage do you get right now (no past averages) for pure highway driving on a flat road at a steady 65 mph? That figure is the most readily compared from vehicle to vehicle, because "city" and overall average conditions, and driving habits, vary greatly.

Note that third-party testing and owner experience have shown that the EPA highway figures for the various Escape configurations are fairly accurate (that is, achievable), but the city figures, and therefore the overall averages, are too high. According to Consumer Reports, the 1.6L Escape gets only 15 mpg in the city, but 31 mpg on the highway. That's the price of a responsive turbo.

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Something's not right... I get 23MPG on average combined driving... 2.0L AWD '13. (And I have a heavy foot... first speed camera ticket in this car 2 weeks ago to prove it.)

Friend gets 32MPG on the hwy most of the time w/ her '14 1.6L FWD.

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Something's not right... I get 23MPG on average combined driving... 2.0L AWD '13. (And I have a heavy foot... first speed camera ticket in this car 2 weeks ago to prove it.)

Friend gets 32MPG on the hwy most of the time w/ her '14 1.6L FWD.
Agree, 18 in mixed driving seems to low unless you are driving hard. City driving is not a strong suit of the Ecoboost motors. A good suggestion given was to reset your mpg indicator while driving on a open highway at a conservative rate (50-60) and see if you can get close to rated hwy fuel economy. I have gotten up to 33mpg on a one hour test run with my 2.0 FWD.

A simple option that I guess still works is resetting the complete system that has learned your driving habits by disconnectiong the negative battery cable for a while, maybe overnight. Note it is easier to disconnect the cable at the frame grounding point than at the battery...same cable opposite end with easier access.

You could also try another service department.
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I have found that the in town the combinations of lots of short drives, heavy slow traffic and many traffic lights kills my mileage. But it would with any gasoline car. My 2.0L AWD gets very good mileage (28-29) with normal interstate highway driving.
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I have found that the in town the combinations of lots of short drives, heavy slow traffic and many traffic lights kills my mileage. But it would with any gasoline car. My 2.0L AWD gets very good mileage (28-29) with normal interstate highway driving.
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Simple mathematical algorithm:

Turbo boost = Fun + low MPG.

If I "drive my age", I get the advertised MPG.
If I get "get on" I get lots of thrills, but low MPG.

Realistically, unless there is a serious problem with the car, MPG is almost totally related to driving style.
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Realistically, unless there is a serious problem with the car, MPG is almost totally related to driving style.
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I easily get 33 mpg doing about 75 percent highway and 25 percent city. The only time I got about 18mpg was when I was hauling a boat...

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