The New York weather has been a virtual icebox. This has made the fuel economy in my daily driver C-Max drop down to just under 37 MPG. As much as I love achieving ultra-high fuel economy numbers, the truth is I value my comfort more and start the car about 10 minutes before I take off to at least get the ‘bite’ out of the interior. You still have to wait for the center console and lower dashboard/knee protection areas to warm up, but your butt becomes semi-warm and it isn’t ice cubes blowing out of the heater core.
The Polar Vortex made it even colder than usual during my time with the Fiesta. So every morning I gave it the ole’ 10- to 15-minute warm-up. Alas, I discovered it was the 1.6 liter engine versus the lilliputian, carry-on luggage, fugettaboutit-you-can-purchase-a-soda-bottle-with-your-pie-the-same-size-as-the-engine 1.0 liter EcoBoost.
But Ford still has some decent engineers in the powertrain department, and variable cam timing coupled with a six-speed automatic is a pleasant enough experience. At highway speeds, the car is quiet, and the kickdowns in the automatic zoot you by traffic.
More impressive is that I am getting 32 MPG without even trying. With the cold weather. And the car warming up in the morning. It’s getting me a little scared since my C-Max is only separated by 5 MPG points. We can’t wait to try the 1.0 liter. Yeah, the C-Max is bigger but with the right hyper-driver it could be the ultimate hyper-miler.