Ford Explorer: Fuel and Refueling / Fuel Consumption

Ford Explorer 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Fuel and Refueling / Fuel Consumption

Advertised Capacity

The advertised capacity is the maximum amount of fuel that you can add to the fuel tank when the fuel gauge indicates empty. See Capacities and Specifications.

In addition, the fuel tank contains an empty reserve. The empty reserve is an unspecified amount of fuel that remains in the fuel tank when the fuel gauge indicates empty.

Note: The amount of fuel in the empty reserve varies and should not be relied upon to increase driving range.

Filling the Fuel Tank

For consistent results when refueling:

  • Turn the ignition off before fueling; an inaccurate reading results if the engine is left running.
  • Use the same fill rate (low-medium-high) each time the tank is filled.
  • Allow no more than one automatic shut-off when refueling.

Results are most accurate when the filling method is consistent.

Calculating Fuel Economy

Your vehicle calculates fuel economy figures through the trip computer average fuel function. See Information Displays.

The first 1,000 mi (1,500 km) of driving is the break-in period of the engine. A more accurate measurement is obtained after 2,000 mi (3,000 km).

  1. Completely fill the fuel tank and record the initial odometer reading. See Refueling.
  2. Each time you fill the fuel tank, record the amount of fuel added.
  3. After at least three fill ups, fill the fuel tank and record the current odometer reading.
  4. Subtract your initial odometer reading from the current odometer reading.

To calculate L/100 km (liters per 100 kilometers) fuel consumption, multiply the liters used by 100, then divide by kilometers traveled. To calculate MPG (miles per gallon) fuel consumption, divide miles traveled by gallons used.

Keep a record for at least one month and record the type of driving, for example city or highway. This provides an accurate estimate of your vehicle’s fuel economy under current driving conditions. Keeping records during summer and winter shows how temperature impacts fuel economy.

Conditions

  • Heavily loading your vehicle reduces fuel economy.
  • Carrying unnecessary weight in your vehicle may reduce fuel economy.
  • Avoid adding accessories that increase aerodynamic drag to your vehicle such as bug deflectors, car top carriers and ski or bike racks.
  • Using fuel blended with alcohol may lower fuel economy.
  • Fuel economy may decrease with lower temperatures.
  • Fuel economy may decrease when driving short distances.
  • You will get better fuel economy when driving on flat terrain than when driving on hilly terrain.

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