I have to agree, There are
I have to agree, There are many things we don't know about the guy in Mass, he could be a heavy footer or the enigne had not broken in yet, or he could have falsified his report.
I did want to point out www.fueleconomy.gov, its a great learning site and that you will lose MPG in the winter, its a matter of fact. 22MPG is way better than my 16 and in the summer that number is going to go up. Mine has already hit 18MPG, I expect 19 in a few months, but then the airconditioner will keep it all in check.
So, got a 2008 Ford Escape
So, got a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4x4 (we live in the mountains)... had to go to Cali to get it (no inventory to be had in Utah)...
So up over the Sierras and into the Rockies I went, jammin' to the new satellite radio. My average mpg was 27.5, 10 mpg better than the Grand Cherokee I traded. Around town (Park City) we even hit 31 mpg for one tank of gas.
My feelings about the car - love it! Ford has a crack at leading the market in new car tech if they extend this thinking across their fleet of offerings.
Now looking into making our hybrid a PHEV... anyone with experience they can share on this?
I now have 3000 mile on my
I now have 3000 mile on my 2008 AWD HEV Escape. The first five tanks of gas have returned, in order, 31.8, 31.8, 31.5, 32.6, and 31.8 mpg. My mileage is about 50% commuting, and rest for pleasure. Pleasure drives include mostly backcountry roads (mountains, desert; getting there and back) and driving the beaches of Southern California. Clearly, style of driving makes all the difference in mileage; commuting is worse, getting about 28-30 mpg, and, casual slow and go is much better, about 35 mpg. One drive on coastal routes, which did not include the freeways, from Santa Barbara to San Clemente (all day, with about hourly stops) returned 40+ mpg, for 226 miles under ideal conditions; that is, no A/C and windows open, and no hurray to do more than just have fun.
The colder weather during
The colder weather during winter will drop your fuel mileage. Use an engine block heater (should be standard equipment on vehicles sold in your area) and front grille block to help cope with this. I would install different winter tires for the vehicle (I personally use Goodyear Triple Treads--Nokian WR are highly valued also). There are advantages for AWD in your location.
You might obtain a Mercury Mariner Hybrid sooner than the Ford Escape Hybrid due to a lesser number of these vehicles produced at the only plant which is located in Kansas City, Missouri area.
Since shortly after breaking
Since shortly after breaking the 10,000 mile mark, we have noticed an increase in our city and highway miles of about 8% compared with the mileage when it was new.
We are very happy with our Escape Hybrid 4wd.
I recently bought
I recently bought a 2005 FEH (25K miles), and have logged only 25's for gas mileage in 4 tanks thus far. I have started to integrate the tips listed here, but suffer from several issues:
rolling hills where I live (Hawaii)
Slight grades in straight aways (bad for staying electric)
slight dieseling when engine kicks on
Reluctace of engine to accelerate in electric.
Now, I talked to the previous owner, who said he "drove it like a normal car" and "didn't really look at the charge bar or the MPG indicator". Is it possible that the computer "adapted" to his driving style, and that is effecting my efforts to push past 26-27 MPG? IF so, has anyone had their compter reset by a dealer? (is it even possible?)