I researched the sedan market and was drawn to the 2014 Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Chevy Cruize, and Toyota Camry. I needed to pull a small trailer with a motorcycle and 4 wheeler from time to time so the Hybrid models like the Prius were out. I went to the dealer and test drove each and every car and all the stickers boasted between 33 and 38 highway MPG (which is 90% of my driving). I'm a Honda fan at heart but the Accord just didn't feel very driver friendly and I really didn't like how it drove as much as previous models I had looked at. When I sat in the Ford Fusion I knew this car was special. It drove like a freaking dream, felt very comfortable, was super quiet, and just had loads of power for such a small plant (the 1.5L Ecoboost turbo). All the research I did showed this was a top quality car that felt like it cost a lot more than it did. Plus it is hands down the best looking sedan on the market at the moment. It looks killer.
Bought the car, great price, 0% financing... quite honestly it was a dream to purchase. I drove it home and was very happy with the 38MPG sticker on the window. I never expected 38... but 33 surely should be reasonable right? Wrong. My first tank I calculated at 24MPG. 24!!!!!!! I called into the dealer and was informed that the new boosted motors require a break in period of about 3,000 miles before they start to get better mileage. After 4,000 miles my best tank was 26MPG. At 6,000 miles I was getting almost 28 when I drove like an old lady. Today that's where my MPG sits.... 28. The car is amazing and I love getting into it every morning but the mileage I get completely screws my cost of ownership numbers. I've learned to live with the shit mileage (my last Honda 2 door got 35mpg) and the car still won't be a loss on my 10 year figures especially with the 0% financing I was able to snag. Just every time I fill the tank I feel like I've been screwed a little.