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Improved MPG from my Ford Fusion Hybrid

Spring has sprung here in the mid-Atlantic area and it is really helping my mileage figures.  During the winter I went as low as 29-30 mpg, but in the 60-80 degree weather we've had recently my mileage has improved drastically.  In fact, its better than ever. 

Yesterday I set a new record on the way home, which is mostly a 7 mile slog uphill from King of Prussia to Route 30, (the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway).  Previously my best was 45.5 mpg on Aug 7, 2009.  Yesterday I got 47.8 mpg.

Today, I set a new record on the way to work.  My previous best was 60.4 mpg on July 6, 2009.  Today I got 61.1!

The funny thing is, I'm not even trying that hard. I guess its true when they say that after awhile the mileage gets better - I've got over 7000 miles on my FFH now. The battery seems to be in a high state of charge more often.

Also, my ability to drive for high mpgs has become second nature.  One thing I do now is try to minimize the gas-guzzling moves, keeping the instantaneous mpg indicator above 20mph if possible. I will also minimize battery draw-down situations (going over a hill in EV mode for instance) by applying a little internal combustion engine boost.

Is anyone else experiencing improved MPGs?

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Exact same experience here. I bought my Milan Hybrid in late October, and managed to avg 36-38 mpg for the first couple months. Then winter came (Cleveland) and I dropped to the low to mid 30's. But as soon as the weather started warming up, my mpg increased dramatically, and everything seemed much easier than when I first bought the car. I quickly beat 40 over the course of a complete tank of gas, something I hadn't been able to do in the fall, and I'm setting other personal mpg records regularly. I now have 9000 miles, and echo that I'm getting these results without really trying. Not sure how much is due to changed driving habits and how much is the result of the car breaking in. But I like it.

April 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve B

The weather has an enormouse effect. My lifetime average was nearly forty (39.8 I think) when the winter came and by the end of last month it reached a low of 35.0. It has now bounced back to 36.5 and seems to add a tenth every few days. Not bad considering I will have had it a year on May 29th.

I am still thinking about an engine block heater for next winter.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

@Kevin, my average since June 8, 2009 is 36.4 - very close to yours! I was going great until winter too. Will be interesting to see what my average is on June 8, 2010.

My winter mpg did much better during a short period when I kept my car in our heated garage.

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