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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