I'm loving the lower gas prices I've been paying the past few weeks. It's been quite a while since gas was below $2/gallon. However, I'm not liking my lower gas mileage.
My 2008 Mariner with over 232,000 miles was getting 20-28.6 mpg on the highway. (In CA during my trip last summer I experienced the highest gas mileage the entire 6 years I drove the Mariner--a whopping 26.8 mpg! I attributed it to the higher emission standards they require--which is why I paid over $4 per gallon. Throughout the 6 years, I averaged 18-22 mpg in town. In fact, even though most of November it was idling on the mechanics lift--which dropped my mpg to the single digits--it got back up to 22 mpg during the month I had it before I traded it in.
I was really looking forward to the improved gas mileage the Escape touted. During this past month, I've been on two in-state road trips (Dallas and Houston), which is plenty of time to assess the highway mpg. I can't get it above 21 mpg. That's supposed to be the in-town mpg. The highway mpg is supposed to be 32!!
I'm not a happy driver.
I'm filling up more, driving less, and seeing worse miles per gallon. The first WEEK I had the Mariner, I took my first road trip--to Jackson Mississippi, and I had been to Austin several times during the week, and even with higher gas prices, I think I spent less on has than I've saint so far with the Escape.
In fact, my Escape gas mileage is worse than any car I've ever owned. I'm really hoping this changes when the "new" wears off.