I Just bought a new 2011 Ford Escape and the gas mileage, in my estimation is very poor.
The car now has 2,687 miles on it and gets just under 15 mi per gallon. I drive primarily short distances during the week to and from work is 5 miles each way. Once a week I drive on the highway to visit my parents 28 miles each way. So more highway miles than city miles. I'm averaging just under 15 mi per gallon at 14.89. I'm taking the car in for the first service next week, any suggestuins like, change to a K&N filter, check the O2 sensor, anything else?
reason for the poor gas milage is the stop and go 5 min drive.
Those weekly short trips to work are the worse thing for fuel mileage, I'm guessing your Escape is AWD ? that too wold make it use more than other similar SUV's that are not AWD. A K&N air filter would help but most on highway drives not much you can do to improve city fuel mileage.
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