Poll of the week: Cruise Control MPG - Taurus Car Club of America : Ford Taurus Forum
View Poll Results: Cruise control fuel economy
I get better fuel economy with Cruise ON 12 63.16%
I get better fuel economy with Cruise OFF 2 10.53%
I don't have Cruise Control 0 0%
I get the same fuel economy either way 5 26.32%
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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-29-2013, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Poll of the week: Cruise Control MPG

Simple poll...Do you get better economy using cruise control or modulating the throttle with your foot?

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My answer is OFF. Drove 160 miles to family at the other end of the state, cruise control off most of the way, averaging 75mph for half the trip and 80+ for the other half, (with other miscellaneous speeds including triple digits, lol.) Saw 25.2mpg from this. Coming back, I had cruise set to 74-75 for 95% of the drive and I got 24.1mpg. It was me and a couple bags in the car, and the way down yesterday was pretty windy. Tonight on the way back, not so much.

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I don't think I've used mine a dozen times in sixteen years. Even on the interstate, down here with snowbirds and other idiots it's difficult to set a speed and keep it for more than a few minutes. Not worth the aggravation.

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For me it depends. If I want to, I can get better economy than the cruise control by allowing the car to slow down going up hills. But I don't really notice a big difference either way, it's more about making my life easier on the interstate so I don't have to watch my speed all the time.
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I usually let the car cruise up hills, it's down that I usually turn it off. I don't like the way the AX4N brakes to slow the car. This is usually on a pretty good downstretch that I'll turn it off.

I got my 30.5 MPG figure cruising at 65 most of the way.

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Don't use the cruise control because of the broken cable so I can't partake in this poll

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Depends on the terrain. If it's flat cruise does better or the same as me but through steep hills and mountain passes it kinda sucks.

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I don't see an appreciable difference but that may have to do with a lack of level terrain in our highway driving. I use the cruise more as an anti-citation device than as an economy feature

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I think with a maxmileage foot there would be negligible difference. On a non congested highway with consistent postings its quiet convenient, But if your tapping your pedal and hitting resume every 1-3 miles your mileage may actually suffer.
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I get better MPG if I use my cruise control, if not it is foot to the floor and let it go

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