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I bought a new 2010 3.0L V6 4x4 240 HP Automatic Escape from the dealership in March and it has about 1000km (621 miles) on it right now.

Since I got it, I have been driving it normally, not like a crazy person or a granny, normal city driving. The spec says that I should get around 11-12L/100km which is 27 MPG (for the city) but its been 3 months now and I am still getting 17L/100km which is 13-14 MPG, which is a off by quite a bit giving that I'm usually driving by myself with nothing but seats and carpet in the vehicle.

What I don't understand is what am I doing wrong? Why the ****ty gas economy? What can I do to make it better?

I called the dealership and they had no clue regarding this matter. Its pretty bad, I mean the last time the I filled her to the top, the gas light came on after only 220km or 136 miles and it took $45 worth of gas to fill it up, now is that bad or what?
 

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First off, the car is not close to being broken in yet. :)

Sounds like you do a lot of short trips if you have only put 1000kms on it since March. The window sticker is 17mpg city/24 highway. I have seen "tank averages" anywhere from 18 (all city) to 27 MPG(all highway). I do a lot of city driving lately with short trips of just a couple miles at a time, and the mileage has really dropped. Extra cold or extra hot temps really affect things as well.

Take it out for a road trip on the highway a bit to break it in :)
 

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Also check your tire pressure. For a break in period, the vehicle will not get great mileage until the computer learns shift points. Once the computer learns everything, the mpg will increase significantly. Figure about 2,000 miles for everything to equilibrate. That is what mine took.
 

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I dont know, something doesn't seem right. I have the same model as you and I get 22 mpg and I am in the city. Even when I had less than 2000 miles on it, I was getting anywhere between 19-20 mpg.
 

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My V6 Escape is FWD and the gas mileage is excellent and has always been very good. I only noticed a small improvement during the break in period. I don't check city mileage, but my highway mpg (65mph) is between 28-30 mpg and combined is typically around 26-27. My combined mileage is mostly highway. With your drastically low mpg something sounds wrong. Have you tried manually computing your mpg to confirm what the computer is telling you?
 

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I dont know, something doesn't seem right. I have the same model as you and I get 22 mpg and I am in the city. Even when I had less than 2000 miles on it, I was getting anywhere between 19-20 mpg.
Checked the tire pressure, it is what its supposed to be at. I have tried resetting the automatic (instrument panel) mpg many times before starting a city trip and the result is usually 14mpg at the end of the trip.

I will compute these numbers by hand next time I fill up to see if the computer is telling the truth, but I don't think I will find anything different since the gas light comes around the 140 mile mark every time.

But like zoom_ute and sinister_mob suggested, I'm going to take her out for a road trip to break er in and then see if it makes a difference.

I hope it starts giving me better economy, or there is definitely a flaw in the vehicle. The dealership blames my right foot to be 'heavy' but I don't think that's the problem here.
 

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I don't think the V6 AWD offers an estimated 27 mpg city though. My 2.5L 4 cylinder only lists at 26 mpg highway. But either way you should be doing better than 14 mpg. When I first got mine I was getting 19/20. Now I get 23-24 average and up over 26-27 on the highway trips. But the V6 will be a bit less.
 

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Maybe the PCM needs to relearn the gas mix and shift points. Try removing neg battery for a few minutes then re-attach. Remember to reset radio and write down mileage. Now drive some where steady for an hour. I've read the PCM needs to learn those shifts and map engine sensors readings.
Let us know.
 

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Checked the tire pressure, it is what its supposed to be at. I have tried resetting the automatic (instrument panel) mpg many times before starting a city trip and the result is usually 14mpg at the end of the trip.

I will compute these numbers by hand next time I fill up to see if the computer is telling the truth, but I don't think I will find anything different since the gas light comes around the 140 mile mark every time.

But like zoom_ute and sinister_mob suggested, I'm going to take her out for a road trip to break er in and then see if it makes a difference.

I hope it starts giving me better economy, or there is definitely a flaw in the vehicle. The dealership blames my right foot to be 'heavy' but I don't think that's the problem here.
I agree it seems you should get better mileage , I average around 20mph city/HWY combined . But of course it depends a lot on how aggressive one drives . Are you halling any heavy loads that could make a difference ?
 

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Something sounds wrong. I drive "moderately", which means I like to hear the motor rev when I leave a stoplight sometimes ;) and I've always gotten just about 22mpg (currently 21.8) in what is probably 40/60 (hwy/city)
 

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How does the power seam compared to your throttle response? if its lacking power to throttle, like have to get into it to get power, then something could be wrong causing you to burn more gas to get to that power band... just a thought.

make sure you have a clean air filter, i am assuming no check engine light so senors should be in order, run in place on dry pavement ensure no pin hole leak in fuel system ... dont smell any gas or see for that matter, make sure all your plug wires are good, and none of them are loose, check them at night to ensure no fire work show under the hood,

just a couple ideas on where to look to ensure nothing is wrong with the motor causing the gas consumption
 

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I bought a new 2010 3.0L V6 4x4 240 HP Automatic Escape from the dealership in March and it has about 1000km (621 miles) on it right now.

Since I got it, I have been driving it normally, not like a crazy person or a granny, normal city driving. The spec says that I should get around 11-12L/100km which is 27 MPG (for the city) but its been 3 months now and I am still getting 17L/100km which is 13-14 MPG, which is a off by quite a bit giving that I'm usually driving by myself with nothing but seats and carpet in the vehicle.

What I don't understand is what am I doing wrong? Why the ****ty gas economy? What can I do to make it better?

I called the dealership and they had no clue regarding this matter. Its pretty bad, I mean the last time the I filled her to the top, the gas light came on after only 220km or 136 miles and it took $45 worth of gas to fill it up, now is that bad or what?
I just got on here. I'm having the same gas problems with my 4x4 2010 as LATERUS. and I just bought mine in September coming back from deployment. I'm older and all I do is city driving back and forth from base and I've noticed that the mileage is really bad. I am at over 2800 mile bc from time to time I have to drive out of town. I have also noticed that the auto shifting on the engine is really sluggish. It seems to stay in gear for a long while before shifting, but this is the first time I've owned a 4x4. Its not tire pressure either.
 

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I just got on here. I'm having the same gas problems with my 4x4 2010 as LATERUS. and I just bought mine in September coming back from deployment. I'm older and all I do is city driving back and forth from base and I've noticed that the mileage is really bad. I am at over 2800 mile bc from time to time I have to drive out of town. I have also noticed that the auto shifting on the engine is really sluggish. It seems to stay in gear for a long while before shifting, but this is the first time I've owned a 4x4. Its not tire pressure either.
Take it back and see if you can talk them into reflashing your PCM with the latest IDS version which "should" help any shifting issues.
 

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Mine is a 09 FWD V6 with a little over 10000 miles and I get combined average city ( large metro) / HWY of around 20 MPG and I don't baby it . My dash display shows 23 to 24 but it is generous . I recently did an all hwy trip of 400 miles and got 25.6 although the dash said 28.7 MPG . A lot of the HWY miles driven was at 80 MPH and averaged around 70 MPH .
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check percentage of ethanol in the gas where you fill up,make sure its not E85.Deffinately take it on a road trip of some distance and verify actual mpg instead of relying on trip computer.
 

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Well I have a 2010 V6 AWD and I am getting 14MPG:mad2:
I do not push the truck at all and drive only in the City.

SOMETHING has to be wrong but dealers tell me everything is okay. I only have a 1000KM.

If I knew that the posted number would differ from reality I would have purchased something else.
 

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I don't know if there is an official definition of city driving.
A traffic light on every corner, and corners 200 feet apart?
A traffic light every mile or so?
A traffic light down the road a piece?

How one drives greatly affects gas mileage, more so in city traffic than on the highway.
I know some who accellerate until they have their foot on the brake. It seems that they have no concept of the word... coast. They can see the RED light ahead, but don't slow down until they have to hit the brake.

Another gas waster is a remote starter. I don't have one, and sometimes I am at my destination before the cab is warm. Others will allow their engines to idle for 10-20-30 minutes so that it is toasty warm when they get into their cars, for a short five mile ride. That could hugely cut down gas mileage. Any time the engine is running and the tires are not rolling, is time that the gas mileage is dropping.
 

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Just punch up average mpg on your dash menu and notice the value before/after a good warm up. I moved mine while removing snow yesterday and forgot to move back rightaway and the mpg dropped to 4.3!
 
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