Re: Brand New 2010 Escape V6 4WD - very bad gas mileage
Escape 4wd is full time awd with FWD bias until wheel slip is detected.
I also advise going to the dealer as 1000kms and under three years falls under warranty. I'd question the low mileage, it was probably sitting a LONG time. Some things you can check/do are:
keep shifts under 2500rpm
tire pressures are adequate
as mentioned check the brakes, make sure they don't feel as if they're sticking; faulty calipers are rare
parking brake isn't engaged when driving
highway speeds are kept under 65mph (EPA highway cycle is 60mph with A/C on)
vehicle steers and turns as it should
air box is clear of any animal nesting/waste
The only thing you can do otherwise is to drive it if there are no transmission or engine software updates at the dealer. By drive it, I mean to put miles on it. Don't cheapen out on the gas either and see how that does for you mileage wise. If the vehicle was sitting for over a year chances are good there's carbon in it. Only way to blow it out is to drive it like you stole it. Lock it in 3-4 gear on the highway and do a couple short 25-40 mile trips to blow the carbon out. Even doing a seafoam treatment may be a good idea.
Oh, and $45 worth of gas tells me NOTHING. You need to post volume purchased to get an accurate mileage reading. $45 will fill up my Durango R/T about 1/3 of the way. It only gets 325 miles to a tank on the highway, so don't feel so bad.
'11 Ram Quad Cab 4x4 SXT 5.7L HEMI (stock); 48,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 64,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 28,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!