Apparently you've never heard the numbers put up the Hyper Miling races.
I read in the article and it say that experienced hyper-milers have achieved 70 MPG in the Fusion. I am a pretty conservative driver and the best I have ever achieved in my 2003 Prius is 60 MPG over a full tank. The Fusion is a much larger car. Another question I have: are all 4 drivers going to be in the car for the whole trip? That adds a lot of weight and would certainly lower the MPG. I will be following the progress this weekend.
They are going to keep going until the gas runs out - just like the Seinfeld episode with Kramer taking a test drive. Ford is expecting about 1400 miles. I think they should do a second test that matches real-world driving instead of the below 30 mph pulse and glide they are using for this test.
That's pretty sick. I'd like to see what happens with a Volt, a Prius, and an Insight going head to head with the same course, and the same driver. That means you could travel from New York City to Los Angeles with just one fill up in between somewhere around Oklahoma City.
Average speed is 25 to 30mph? That's below the minimums on the interstates. Those speeds would double or almost triple the time required for a typical highway trip.
OK - this is impressive and probably good PR but, clearly, anyone who actually takes a long driving vacation is either going to die of old age on the way or get significantly lower fuel economy.
The real question is, what kind of fuel economy can I expect with the Fusion if I keep to posted speed limits and drive reasonably but so as to actually get some place? We often drive to the East Coast. Speed limits vary from 65 to 70 with 55 in places. Can I hope to achieve 38? 40?