20th Jun 2010, 13:42

Considering that my 2 V-8 Mustangs averaged 11-14 miles per gallon, I'd have to be getting REALLY bad mileage to be this upset. One car I owned in high school got a whopping 4-6 mpg. Now THAT was bad!!

20th Jun 2010, 22:11

This is 4 to 8 miles per gallon car, good luck buying it.

21st Jun 2010, 07:54

Your going to sue Ford because you're getting bad gas mileage? How do you drive? Where do you drive? Is your car properly maintained? Do you maintain proper tire pressure? And just how bad is your gas mileage?

21st Jun 2010, 17:02

Good questions. We've owned several V-6 powered Fords and they are not stellar in terms of fuel mileage. Our two V-6 Explorers averaged 17mpg, while our larger, heavier and much more powerful GMC Envoy averages 19. If the Ford in question is not getting over 16-17, I'd say there IS a problem. I'd stay on the dealer and see if a cause for the really poor mileage could be found.

21st Jun 2010, 20:36

How fast do you drive? Driving at 85 MPH all the time will definitely hurt your mileage.

I drive a Toyota Corolla, and when driven carefully I've gotten as much 43 MPG. This is a lot higher than what it's even rated for. It's all in how you drive people.

22nd Jun 2010, 11:25

Yes, it's all in how you drive, and under what conditions. I have a 4.0 liter V6 Explorer. In the winter on short drives to work, I get 17-18 MPG. Driving the same way in the summer, I get 20 MPG. But on a good day, on a flat stretch of road, no headwinds, I have consistently gotten an amazing 27 MPG. Between Carlisle, PA and Allentown, PA I have gotten 27 MPG three times on different occasions. That's not instantaneous mileage calculated by the computer, either. I fill up in Carlisle, drive the 125 miles to Allentown, and fill up again. I don't think Explorers are supposed to get that good a mileage, but nonetheless, I can and do. By the way, the vehicle has over 115,000 miles on it. My parents also have a 3.0 liter Vulcan V6 in a Mercury Sable with 180,000 miles on it, and that car gets 28-30 MPG. So when somebody says that Ford V6's get terrible mileage, I say "Yup, tell me another one!"

23rd Jun 2010, 15:09

I used to have a 2008 Honda Civic (I traded it in simply because it started to get to small for my workload. It was one of the best cars I've ever owned), and although it was rated for 25 City/36 Highway, by keeping my tires inflated to the proper pressure, driving responsibly and performing proper maintenance, I regularly got about 47 MPG on the highway and 34 MPG in the city, with mixed driving at about 38 MPG. And that's with the automatic transmission.

My current vehicle, a 2006 Honda CR-V is rated for 20 City and 25 Highway. I usually get about 28 MPG highway and 24 MPG city, with a mixed driving at 26 MPG, also with the automatic transmission.

Again, I drive responsibly and properly maintain my vehicle.

Gas mileage is all in how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

23rd Jun 2010, 15:36

The poor mileage is caused by lack of maintenance, improper tire pressure or irresponsible driving. It's very unlikely that there is an actual problem with the vehicle.

And also, you're complaining about a 2 MPG difference. 2 MPG? That's it? I could understand if there was a 10 MPG difference, but not 2, I'm sorry.

24th Jun 2010, 18:16

Actually, no maintenance is required in the first 100,000 miles with ANY newer domestic except air filters and oil changes. Tune-ups, though pushed by dealers and shops wanting your money, are virtually a thing of the past. I have not touched my GM vehicle in 90,000+ miles except to change the oil and clean the 1,000,000 mile air filter.

With that said, a dirty air filter alone can drop fuel mileage by 2mpg easily. If the car in question is only off the EPA estimates by a mere 2mpg, that is well within the margin of standard deviation from one car to another.

25th Jun 2010, 14:38

Air filters and oil changes is what I meant by maintenance.

25th Jun 2010, 15:42

My mom has an 05 Five Hundred, and she on a regular basis gets 25-26 mpg. Whoever said he only got 8 must have his foot to the floor, or he does those fast starts. People just don't get it.

15th Aug 2010, 23:38

I have a 2000 Mercury Sable with the dual overhead cam V6. We just got back from a 500 mile trip and averaged 29 MPG. When she was new we would get up to 31 MPG. Love the engine!

16th Aug 2010, 16:30

"Worst on gas, don't buy it, even for a $1"

I'll give you $1 for it and take it off your hands...

17th Aug 2010, 23:20

Our 2007 Five Hundred can get around 30-31 MPG driving at a steady 55-60. We get around 25 MPG on the interstate, averaging 75 to 80. Where we get killed is driving in town. Probably about 17 MPG, but there is lots of sitting in long lines of traffic, plus we tend to accelerate pretty hard. Our overall combined MPG is 19-20 (most driving is in town), which I guess isn't too bad for a 3700 lb car.

18th Aug 2010, 14:46

...not bad for a 3700 lbs car...

Isn't that the problem? According to fueleconomy.gov, the Fuel Economy Benefit = 1-2%/100 lbs.

17th Jan 2011, 17:45

I do not understand how virtually identical cars can be so far apart in fuel mileage.

I purchased a 2007 Five Hundred Limited in 2007. I am tickled with it. We average 24 MPG city, 30 MPG on the interstate, at legal speeds. With the comfort and security this car provides I cannot and will not complain. I will add that we do not live in the mountains. Mileage computed by dividing gallons used into miles traveled.

20th Jan 2011, 18:43

Have you ever thought that there is a possibility that there could be a leakage in you gas tank or in a line leading somewhere?

Also it's about how you drive as well, but I definitely would consider taking it to a mechanic so that this isn't an issue any more.

11th Nov 2011, 23:28

We just bought at 2006 Mercury Montego (same car), and in the past month of ownership, I'm getting 22 to 23 mpg in the city and 30 - 32 on the highway. Around town I'm at the speed limit or just above, and on the highway, I'm at 70-75.