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Commented On: Ford's 1.0-Liter EcoBoost: Focus For Europe, Fiesta For U.S.


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If Ford wanted to produce a real show-stopping winner, it would make a genuinely large car (cabin dimensions similar to the 2012 F150 crew cab, but with more headroom) that gets 40+ mpg and has proper comfort/luxury features.

My '79 Plymouth TC3 (1.7, auto trans, air conditioning) almost never got less than 36 mpg between fillups (combined city, rural & highway/interstate), and got a best mpg of 43.0 between fillups on a trip from central FL to central MS.

My 2003 Lincoln Town Car L (Cartier) easily tows 8,200 pounds and gets 26.9 to 27.2 mpg seasonal overall average mpg, with 28.3 mpg average on Interstate trips (70 mph; 580-650 lbs for 2 occupants + luggage; over 28 mpg with 5 adults + luggage in the car).

Commented On: Ford's 1.0-Liter EcoBoost: Focus For Europe, Fiesta For U.S.


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1979 Plymouth Horizon TC3 (2 door + hatchback, 1.7-liter inline-4, 3-spd auto trans, no fuel injection or hybrid, actual-use mpg:

--> 43.0 (best observed, fillup-to-fillup, trip longer than 180 miles, mostly highway, 55-65 mph cruising speed, 300 lbs occupants + luggage)

--> 39.4 to 40.6 seasonal average mpg (combined city, rural, highway; mostly commuting 70-80 mile round-trips)

--> on many occasions, carried inboard more than 2200 pounds (driver plus cargo) at speeds to 85 mph without difficulty; fillup-to fillup mpg with speeds mostly at 65 mph ranged from a low of 32.0 to a high of 33.6)

Not a rocket (about 10 seconds 0-60), but better than most stoplight competition. Main driving environment is SE USA; all my rides had/have a/c.

Commented On: Cars That Should Get Diesel Engines In The U.S., Now!


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Ecoboost gives drivers the fuel economy advantages of diesel, with the convenience and availability of spark-ignition fuels (pretty much everything from butane, LPG, natural gas and propane to ethanol blends and gasoline).

Yeah, hydrogen and methanol are out because each is too chemically aggressive, but the adaptability of the Ecoboost system for flexible fueling has hardly been tapped.

With modern electronic controls, it may be possible to construct a diesel able to burn ethanol or E85, but only at extremely-reduced power levels, at the added costs of both efficiency and longevity.

Even at minimized power levels, straight gasoline would ruin the rings, etc. in (at most) hundreds of miles. Diesel isn't available everywhere.

Commented On: 2012 Scion iQ: Best Non-Hybrid Gas Mileage? Not In Real World


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Former ride actual results:

1998 Lincoln Town Car, Signature Series

--> 32.4 highway average mpg (fillup-to-fillup on trips of more than 300 miles)

--> 31.9 to 32.0 mpg seasonal average mpg (mix of city, rural and interstate driving; includes occasional aggressive acceleration and light towing) (Here, "light towing" means pulling a single-axle or double-axle trailer weighing less than 8,000 pounds).

--> 28.0 to 28.6 mpg (fillup-to-fillup, city-only driving)

--> Switched to 2003 Lincoln Town Car L (Cartier) because rear seat space & door opening made it possible to transport a handicapped family member in an economical sedan, rather than restricting mobility to a van or ambulance.

Commented On: 2012 Scion iQ: Best Non-Hybrid Gas Mileage? Not In Real World


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2003 Lincoln Town Car L (Cartier; aftermarket hitch) actual-use results with 500 lbs occupant weight and 80-150 pounds in trunk:

--> 28.3 mpg average on Interstate trips (70 mph)
--> 26.9 to 27.2 mpg seasonal overall average mpg
--> 25.4 mpg average in mixed driving (city, rural, highway)
--> 22.2 mpg average in aggressive city & rural driving

--> 15.7 (loaded to 9.5-ft overall ht, irregular profile, about 2850 pounds trailer wt) to 16.6 mpg (empty) towing a 76 x 12 landscaping trailer with side & rear gate/ramp devices in the "up" position (fillup-to-fillup, 87 mph max towing speed with more than 90 percent of loaded towing being done with the speed control set at 65 mph, and unloaded towing with the speed control set at 75 mph)
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