Ford Improves Gas Mileage

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Fueleconomy.gov continues to release 2009 EPA estimates as we inch toward the new year. On average, we’ve seen slight gains from many existing models and larger ones for new models. Automakers are making modest changes to carryover models because buyers are demanding more fuel-efficient vehicles, and all-new models aren’t in the immediate pipeline for every car out there.

We’ve already mentioned fuel economy increases for GM, Chrysler and Hyundai products; now it’s Ford’s turn.

The all-new 2009 F-150 — the release of which has been delayed — gets a slight but vital mpg upgrade. Both the 5.4-liter and 4.6-liter V-8 receive three valves per cylinder rather than two; some models are also equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. These features improve horsepower and help this all-V-8 lineup deliver a fleet-average 1 mpg improvement compared to the 2008 F-Series. This is better than the Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra and new 2009 Dodge Ram; however, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra have similar numbers.

The Ford Edge crossover remains relatively unchanged in most respects, but improves by 1 mpg in the city. It’s now equal to its larger crossover stablemate, the Flex. The large Expedition SUV also gets a fairly significant bump of 2 mpg in city and highway driving. It now competes toe-to-toe with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban in fuel efficiency, and it bests the Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada. The Expedition’s V-8 is now flex-fuel capable.

We mentioned the fuel-efficiency bumps found on the related Escape, Mercury Mariner and Mazda Tribute SUVs in an earlier post.

Below is a table with some of the improvements made thus far. We can’t tell you exact figures for all F-150 models just yet, but we can tell you that the fuel efficiency of those models has also improved. Go to fueleconomy.gov to see more mpg updates as they become available.

2009 F-150 2WD 4.6-liter V-8 (three-valve): 15/20 mpg city/highway
2008 F-150: 14/19

2009 Edge FWD: 17/24
2008 Edge FWD: 16/24

2009 Expedition 2WD:
14/20, 10/14 with E85
2008 Expedition 2WD: 12/18

2009 Escape/Mariner/Tribute four-cyl. FWD: 20/28
2008 Escape/Mariner/Tribute four-cyl. FWD: 20/26

2009 Escape/Mariner/Tribute Hybrid FWD:
34/31
2008 Escape/Mariner/Tribute Hybrid FWD: 34/31

By Colin Bird | September 9, 2008 | Comments (7)

Comments 

Cj

The Expedition had a pretty sizeable leap up 14.3% city and up 10% highway.

A

"some models are also equipment with a six-speed automatic transmission."

It should be "equipped".

J

"some models are also equipment with a six-speed automatic transmission"

You mean equipped?

SouthTX

Some whiners would complain about improving a mile a year, but it takes a lot of engineering and fine tuning to do it. As somebody told me, calculate a mile better in this popular models it is a lot at the end of the year.

My next car, a Ford Escape or Mazda Tribute, not ready to take the hit of the hybrid yet, as I do all my driving in highway.

Nashville

SouthTX: I have had an Escape Hybrid for the last year (2008 model), and I am averaging around 34mpg in town and from 35 to 37 on the interstate. Ok, the 37 mpg was on an 188 mile trip in a virtual rolling gridlock, doing 60 to 65 mph. But, the 35 mpg was on a 450 mile trip to FL doing from 65 to 70 mph, plus some 2-lane driving at around 55. The hybrid has the Atkinson cycle 4-cyl, which is more efficient than the regular 4-cyl. The hybrid is a big hit, but you still get the $3000 tax credit. (It really is a credit, not just a deduction.)It has been perfect so far, and is fun to drive. Worth a look.

It's nice to see them beating out the imports in MPG finally. Now with this and the quality improvements, people will have less of a defense for justifying thier import purchases.

J

Why and when did people need to justify their purchase? This is a capitalism country, and we can buy whatever we can afford at our own will with or without reason.

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