2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid actual fuel economy isn't great

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid actual fuel economy isn't great

I have got to stop driving hybrids in the winter. The cold weather never affords me with optimal conditions, and then I get disappointed when my fuel economy is 10 mpg less than what EPA estimates it should be.

I had the 2014 Ford Fusion for a full week test when the weather was still pretty chilly in Chicago, and I drove through snow and rush hour as well as on city streets and un-trafficked highways.  EPA estimates that your combined driving in the Fusion Hybrid should be 47 mpg in both city and highway driving. I averaged 36.9.

Don't get me wrong, I did have a few great drives with mileage in the 50-mpg range. One particularly trafficked commute wrought 56.4 mpg. But, when I drove at normal highway speeds or traversed the pot-hole laden, stop-sign-on-every-block city streets, I got results that were far from impressive. At normal highway speeds, with a couple of acceleration points, I averaged 34 mpg. In a quick surface-street trek, I averaged 40 mpg. In a quick combined highway/city drive, I averaged 40.3.

And this is when I was actually trying to drive efficiently.

I know last year Ford rolled back their EPA estimates for the C-MAX, which were also 47 mpg for city/highway driving. And I have to admit, I'm a bit surprised that they haven't re-evaluated the Fusion as well.

I'd be curious to know if anyone who owns this car -- or has driven this car -- has actually achieved 47 mpg during a significant test period. Let me know - I'd love to year from you.

PS: Wayne Gerdes of @cleanmpg -- you don't count.

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  • I don't have it, but supposedly Ford fudged on both cars.

    Essentially if the regenerative braking isn't doing anything for you in slow city driving, and if the car is not staying in all electric mode for prolonged periods, the hybrid system isn't buying you much, and won't for summer highway driving. On the other hand, I don't hear people complaining about Toyota hybrids.

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    I have just over 5,000 miles on my 2014 Fusion Titanium Hybrid and have experienced the same 35 mpg on average here in western Michigan. Nice car and ride but I'm wondering if the additional cost for the hybrid technology was a cost effective investment decision. Live and learn they say. I suggest it would benefit consumers if the EPA would require auto manufactures to use independent third parties to submit car mileage ratings.

  • In reply to Lloyd Guyot:

    Car and Driver had an article on this topic about a year ago. There seemed to be two problems: driving cycles are not the same for gasoline and hybrid cars, and Ford extrapolated results of two cycles to cover 5. So, it is not only that EPA lets the car manufacturers run the tests, but also to fudge.

    The article also points out that the hybrid assist doesn't do anything for you at highway speeds.

    Note, again, the article says they got 32 mpg, and while they have lead feet,* no way they could get 40, and even Consumer Reports found 17% to 21% short. So, Jill's average seems average, and her getting a couple of 50+ mpg runs would be exceptional.

    *One of the ways their test drivers said to get a good 0-60 time was to rev the engine in neutral until the battery was fully charged. Hopefully that didn't enter into the calculation.

  • I bought a 2014 Fusion Hybrid just about 6 weeks ago. I have driven a total of about 1800 miles, in warm weather. 10 miles on streets and 10 miles on the freeway each way to work and assorted short drives of up to about 80 miles each way. Tonight my average MPG hit 148.0 for that 1800 miles I have put on it (I have not reset it since the 2nd day I owned it). I regularly hit 56 to 60+ mpg on a trip. I will admit, I get closer to 40 on open highway with no stops. The one change to my driving habits is that I accelerate slower than I used to, but I have always been one to coast more, brake less. Certain habits are good for driving hybrids :)

  • In reply to Ender:

    that is 48.o mpg, the 1 is in error.

  • I have owned a 2013 Ford Fusion titanium hybrid for about 11 months and have over 22,000 miles on the car. I drive 60+ miles every day and average anywhere between 45 and 51 miles to the gallon. This is an outstanding car that is fun to drive and gives fantastic mileage plus it has a lot of pick up! As far as I'm concerned it's the best hybrid on the road today. Questions?

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    I've had a 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid since October 2013. I have a little over 9200 miles on it so far and I'm averaging 47 MPG. It's possible to get that high, though it takes dedication and favorable circumstances. That said, even if you do end up getting around 40 MPG like most drivers, it still compares very favorably to other hybrids. It's great in other ways, too.

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