___Preliminary results and discussion...
2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid
Love the Ford LCD displays. They are far better in person than either the Honda’s or Toyota’s latest in terms of aesthetics and clarity. The Ford graphic people really broke the mold with this display!
Windows fog up to easily for some reason?
47 mph (actually 46 mph) glides can be played with on the highway
Transition from 47 WS to 46 mph glide is harsh. Everywhere else however is so buttery smooth you need instruments to verify what just happened actually happened. Very nice job Ford!
Front seat Head rests do not feel like they are active. Mounted forward just in case and could be a comfort issue. Will find out more later.
Ride/handling... Soft ride yet has little body roll in a fast sweeper. A little to soft on most pavement but when you hit pavement expansion joints, she’s harsh. I-43 from the IL border to almost Lake Geneva was a rough SOB late last night.
Engine shuts down immediately and you can use the EV wrap line as a guide for Shift to N if you want to rest. A very soft touch on the pedal yields a nice glide as well. Easier than in the Prius.
Warp Neutral does not work
Electric motors whine under EV and more cabin noise than a Prius-II/III/Insight-II at speed.
Seats are more comfortable than the TCH that I remember. More useable trunk room too.
Dash material is still a little basketball hide like.
NAVI is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE Visteon POS that used to be in Ford’s. Nice, clear, clean and concise. Synch is really easy to use too.
Preliminary FE results
Unfortunately it has been terrible weather for maximizing FE today but here are some preliminary results so far.
From cold in 37 degree F temps with a 28 – 29 mph average speed. 65.0 mpg over 15.3 miles. This included the 5-minute warm-up hit at 40 mpg so she is worth almost 70 without really having a feel for what the Milan Hybrid can and cannot do yet.
Fill up and attempted top off
Big problem here and something I have E-Mails in with Ford this morning. First click was fine but a slow fill toward top off revealed fuel pouring out from under the car? Every time I tried to add an ounce or two, fuel poured out from the bottom of the car? I have never experienced this before and I am sure I am not/will not be the only one to experience this! Continuing... The fuel gauge showed its first pixel below full at ~ 122 miles out while still in the 52.5 mpg range. At 236.1 miles out, I am only a pixel or two above Ύ. I hope there is 17 + gallons in the tank but it looks doubtful given the attempt at a top off and seeing the gauge drop from Full so soon.
Daylight drive - all-highway
Temps from 35 to 43 degree temps yielded 53.0 mpg over 107 miles per the MFD. Not sure if the display is correct yet as I need another 500 or so miles to provide an offset cal when I attempt another top off for an actual fuel economy calc tomorrow evening or Wednesday morning.
Evening/Night drive with continuous light to heavy rain
53.0 mpg over 107.8 miles of 100% highway in high 30 degree temps.
I turned around as soon as it began to rain hard in Madison, WI. With temps ranging from 34 to 41 degrees F, light to heavy rain for 100 percent of the drive back and from dusk into the late night (lights on), I was down to 50.6 mpg before leaving the Interstate around 165 miles out. I pulled her back to 52.0 mpg with some baseline Rates and Ranges but there are time concerns with the techniques used in the most adverse conditions. Not as bad as heavy snow and below 0 degree temps
52.0 mpg over 236.1 miles cumulative. Light to hard rain and mid to high 30 degree temps.
The following is what is available with a minimal amount of training and continual oversight prior to any drive.
In temps ranging from 34 to 43 degrees F, the Milan/Fusion will allow a 52 to 53 mpg average on the highway with an average speed between 45 and 51 mph while DWL and DWB. In temps between 45 and 69 degrees F, I suspect the Fusion/Milan would allow 55 to 58 mpg. Above 70 degrees F and the Fusion/Milan should easily pop over 60 mpg on the highway.
Suburban driving... In temps ranging from 34 to 42 degrees F at an average speed of 30 mph with minimal impediments, the Milan/Fusion should allow 60 to 65 mpg. In temps between 45 and 69 degrees F, I suspect the Fusion/Milan would allow 70 to 75 mpg. Above 70 degrees F and the Fusion/Milan will easily pop over 85 mpg with minimal impediments. Drop ~ 5 mpg for another 5 mph or 35 mpg average speed.
Suburban driving with Rain... In temps ranging from 34 to 42 degrees F, raining heavily as I experienced tonight and at an average speed of 25 mph with minimal impediments, the Milan/Fusion will allow a 57 to 60 mpg average. In temps between 45 and 69 degrees F and raining, I suspect the Fusion/Milan would be worth 60 to 65 mpg. Above 70 degrees F and raining, the Fusion/Milan should exceed 68 mpg with minimal impediments.
These are preliminary results and achieved in very cold spring temps, poor conditions, worst fuel available and in a car with less than 2,750 miles on the clock.