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2010-up fuel mileage

Search results on this topic are vague. Plenty of info on the earlier models, some on the SHOs, and others relate to various repairs to help poor mileage, but nothing specific to the newer non-turbos.

I've noticed that from 2012 to 2013 models that power rating went up from 263 to 288...tuning I assume? The biggest reason I ask is the fuel ratings on my Magnum were listed as 16/25, but that car doesn't do 25 hwy on a bet, I don't care how tender you drive.

So real world, what kind of numbers are you getting on the 2010-up 3.5? I do a lot of hwy travel so this is a sticking point for me. Ratings I've seen say 18/27 and 19/29 for 2013-up. Are these close or unreal?
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Search results on this topic are vague. Plenty of info on the earlier models, some on the SHOs, and others relate to various repairs to help poor mileage, but nothing specific to the newer non-turbos.

I've noticed that from 2012 to 2013 models that power rating went up from 263 to 288...tuning I assume? The biggest reason I ask is the fuel ratings on my Magnum were listed as 16/25, but that car doesn't do 25 hwy on a bet, I don't care how tender you drive.

So real world, what kind of numbers are you getting on the 2010-up 3.5? I do a lot of hwy travel so this is a sticking point for me. Ratings I've seen say 18/27 and 19/29 for 2013-up. Are these close or unreal?
city is really YMMV. i got 17 to 18 for short drive, 3mile a time case. for long trip i just made, highest number i got is 28.9 when i hit 1500mark. at 2300mark, i got 27.4, due to a lot of local driving. this is for 2014 Taurus 3.5 DOHC. by the way, gas seems making difference.
Shell seems getting better, 1mpg bump than costco.
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Stick with the Shell it's a top tier fuel. Keeps intake valves cleaner.
There are other top tier fuels, check the top tier fuel website for a listing.
Saving a couple cents per gallon vs cleaner intake valves and better efficiency is worth it in the long run IMO .
Also I think the EPA highway ratings are done at 55 mph, not 65 so YMMV (grin)

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2014 SEL AWD 3.5L N/A is good for about 27 MPG on highways, solid. FWD only will net you +2 MPG on that for a total of 29 MPG for highway runs.

I can get 28+ on the highway if I'm careful. Lately my mostly highway tanks have been netting 26-27 MPG on refill.

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2010 3.5 with about 160lbs of audio equipment in the trunk plus all the deadner throughout the car.

I average about 24.4 back and fourth to work. Mainly a 60mph drive with a few stop signs and 40mph zones. Don't do a lot of city driving unless I have to. If I take a long trip at 70mph I can get 25mph. Sure I could do better if I babied it on the interstate.
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I've kept very accurate mileage records on my cars for several years. The SHO is averaging about 22.5 mpg since I've had it. This is a long term average, and isn't based on what the computer in the car is telling me. At times, I have seen the computer in the 28-29 mpg range, but only on extended trips and when I did the actual mileage comps, it is usually more like 24-25...

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2013 3.5L SEL FWD, 82k miles, can get 29 easy, 31 if I'm nice on the highway. I average around 26-27, 60/40 highway/city.
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2011 SEL 3.5 According to my on-board computer, I am averaging 23.7 MPG, which would include highway and city miles. I'll get a better handle on the highway mileage next month when I drive my daughter back to college.

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Also, my calculations aren't taken from the onboard computer, I use an app to track my fuel economy. Every time I fill up I enter my odometer, total cost, and amount of fuel I put in. Calculates a lot of different things.
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Search results on this topic are vague. Plenty of info on the earlier models, some on the SHOs, and others relate to various repairs to help poor mileage, but nothing specific to the newer non-turbos.

I've noticed that from 2012 to 2013 models that power rating went up from 263 to 288...tuning I assume? The biggest reason I ask is the fuel ratings on my Magnum were listed as 16/25, but that car doesn't do 25 hwy on a bet, I don't care how tender you drive.

So real world, what kind of numbers are you getting on the 2010-up 3.5? I do a lot of hwy travel so this is a sticking point for me. Ratings I've seen say 18/27 and 19/29 for 2013-up. Are these close or unreal?
Eliminate the easy things first, simple things. Dragging brakes.
Easy test.
Let the vehicle sit few hours to overnight parking bk on, level ground.
Start it up, to D, BK bk off, then bk pedal off. It should quickly froward at a brisk walk speed. Any slow to move indicates a bk sticking. Drive it around the block and then check for different heat in different sides of the vehicle.

I have had sticking pins, rusted pads, sticking calipers, and bk pedal not to the top. Amazing how much gas bks can consume.
And OEM pads poorly made with metal tears sticking the pads in the yoke. (GM)

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