I would like to start a thread where owners can discuss ways to improve MPG's, as well as things that kill MPG's. Whether it is city, highway, or combined driving, there are always ways to eek out extra MPG's. I have had my car C-Max Hybrid for only 2 days. I have never owned a hybrid before, so there was instant need for learning.
- First thing I learned, use the EV as much as possible. Very light acceleration allow you to get up to speed using mostly EV mode.
- Hills are your enemy when in EV mode, so some gas motor is to be expected in this case.
- When using the gas motor, left off the throttle to allow the engines to go full EV. Once in EV mode (again), you can apply small amounts of throttle to stay in EV. Basically, you are manually manipulating which motor to use instead of letting the car decide.
- Cold starts are another enemy. When it is very cold, it is difficult to stay in EV mode. This is particularly true when you have the climate control system running (at all). After the car warms up, EV mode will slowly be used more often.
All productive input is appreciated. With some help, this thread could really help owners in the long run.