2011 Ford Mustang V-6 to Get 31 MPG

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Ford had already announced a 30 mpg highway figure for its updated Mustang and its new 3.7-liter V-6 engine. It was even printed on the side of one car at the Chicago Auto Show last month.
 
That number bested the new Chevy Camaro’s 29 mpg highway figure. Now Ford is announcing that the Mustang’s six-speed automatic has been rated at 19/31 mpg city/highway by the Environmental Protection Agency. The six-speed manual will get 19/30 mpg. A four-cylinder Honda Accord (sedan or coupe) gets 21/31 mpg.

The new Mustangs will go on sale later this spring. To learn more, check out our Mustang coverage here.

By David Thomas | March 3, 2010 | Comments (8)

Comments 

Paul

And its just got to be drive-by-wire...??

What I want to know is how is Ford able to do this to a RWD Mustang,but couldnt do it in a 3.0 Taurus FWD for all those years? Sounds like they have been holding out all along and only now are applying knowledge now that its demanded in the marketplace.

WestPhillyForever

@Paul: My point as well. I happen to think they knew all along they could produce more fuel efficient vehicles. I think they were convinced that consumers:

1) cared more about HP than MPG
2) were willing to buy what they were making out of patriotism and as a result...
3) they didn't want to bear the expense of making the R&D, factory retooling, marketing & sales training costs of all those new or revised product lines

I think another consideration might have been that a 2012 Mustang getting 31 mpg probably depresses the resale value of a say, 2009 Mustang.

Companies spend as little as possible to protect the bottom line as long as consumers don't "demand" otherwise. An interesting question now would be, if Ford can see significant MPG gains with a relatively high output engine like this, why does a itty-bitty Hyundai Accent with a little 1.6 liter 4-banger still only get 40 MPG on the highway? I think there's still tech locked away in these carmakers' closets and it ain't comin' out until the marketplace demands.

irloyal

Hi-pressure fuel rails on the injectors optimize burn of fuel along with VVT. Add a six speed, better lubricants, and closer attention to detail on machined surfaces and Viola - 31 mpg from a V6. It's not that Ford held back, it's just that they are a relatively conservative company and they typically don't out the hi-tech stuff into their vehicles until reliability is well proven. They kinda got burned in the 70's and 80's with that whole quality and reliability thing. :-)

Zerf

Way to go Ford. I am a Camaro fan but glad to see this response to the Camaro from Ford. This battle with the Camaro is working out as a great thing for both cars.

I think there are a few factors as far as the engine tech seemingly advancing so quickly.
1. They've been working on it for a long time and now the cars are more expensive in every segment so the cost increases aren't as visible to the consumers.
2. I've personally interviewed execs at companies that specialize on efficient cars and even they are saying there are leaps in technology popping up now. Those companies wouldn't have held it back.

Victor

The new Ford company continues to pull away from General Motors. Who would thought this was possible five years ago. Just goes to show you what good leadership and better products can do.

George
This was released today at midnight.
"The standard six-speed manual transmission is rated at 30 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city."
You're looking at their older release.

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