Journalists Squeeze 2011 Ford Super Duty® For Impressive Fuel Economy
MAR
12

Fuel efficiency and heavy duty trucks haven’t traditionally been talked about in the same sentence. That’s changed now, thanks to the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty®.

Ford recently invited journalists to test-drive the new Super Duty in Arizona. During the program, Ford challenged these reporters to a contest to see who could achieve the best fuel economy while driving a the Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 on an 80-mile stretch of surface roads and highways. The winning media team on the first round achieved 29.2 mpg and the second an astonishing 34 mpg!

Three-person media teams drove from Buckeye to Glendale, Arizona, in an F-250 or F-350 with 1,000 pounds of payload. Depending on vehicle configuration, media teams were expected to meet targets of 26.5 mpg (pickups with 17-inch wheels and a 3.31:1 axle ratio) or 24 mpg (pickups with 20-inch wheels and a 3.55:1 axle ratio) while driving the 80 miles in a time frame consistent with what Ford engineers achieved.

Drivers were given fuel economy tips from the Ford vehicle energy engineering team and a few ground rules: stay on the specified route, follow the provided turn-by-turn directions and drive at the posted speeds (no speeding and no crawling).

Winning the first wave was the team of Bob Plunkett, Chuck Bowen and Sue Mead. Plunkett, a syndicated auto journalist, drove; Bowen, managing editor of Lawn & Landscape, and Mead, a writer for newcartestdrive.com, navigated. The team achieved 29.2 mpg.

“I was in awe of what that vehicle was able to do,” said Plunkett, who has participated in fuel economy challenges before. “It’s a huge machine and to pull those figures is very impressive.”

Bowen echoed those thoughts. “I was very impressed,” he said. “My car does not get much better mileage than that.”

Fuel economy on the all-new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty equipped with the Ford-engineered and Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel engine averages an 18-percent improvement for pickup models and up to 25-percent improvement for chassis cabs versus 2010 models.

Renowned hypermiler Wayne Gerdes, owner of cleanmpg.com, won the second round at 34 mpg. He had the Ford optimizations as well as his own techniques in hand as he looked to better the mark during the second wave of media drives. He drove a Super Duty with 17-inch wheels.

“Honestly, when I heard they got 29 the first day, I thought I’d be lucky to get 25 mpg,” said Gerdes, who was an important adviser to the Ford team that achieved 1,445 miles on a single tank of gas in a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid last April. “I was hoping to get 25 to 27 mpg.”

Gerdes used several different techniques, including keeping the revs around 1,000, slowly accelerating and using the drafts of other cars and trucks. The result: an astounding 34 mpg for the route, beating the target by 8 mpg.

Gerdes followed that up by driving the F-250 from the Phoenix area to his home north of Chicago. He covered 1,907 miles on 68.094 gallons of fuel for an average of 28 mpg. Gerdes said weather conditions – rain, fog and strong winds – caused him to drive about 6 to 8 mph slower than he anticipated. Still, Gerdes completed his journey on less than three tanks of fuel and blended his own B20 biodiesel to use the whole way, another testament to the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel’s performance story.

“I’ve never driven anything like this – this was fun and a great challenge,” said Gerdes. “I’ve driven SUVs half this size and not achieved this level of fuel economy. This is just incredible and world-class.”

Leading the second group using the 20-inch wheels was the team of Tony Swan, Car and Driver, Joe Szczesny, Oakland Press, and Mark Vaughn, AutoWeek. They achieved a stout 26.5 mpg.

“It was a good test of the engine and of the overall efficiency,” said Szczesny, who did the driving. “We heard that someone had achieved 26 mpg, so we were definitely shooting for better than that.”

To verify the fuel economy numbers in the media challenge, the 2011 Super Duty diesels were tracked with CrewChief™, a component of available Ford Work Solutions™, a technology package that can help owners manage their business from the work site.

CrewChief is a fleet telematics and diagnostics system that allows fleet owners to efficiently manage their vehicles, quickly dispatch workers to job sites and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records.

Gerdes also took advantage of another Ford Work Solutions component, namely the in-dash computer. Developed with Magneti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto, the in-dash computer provides full high-speed Internet access via Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and navigation by Garmin. It’s the first broad-band capable in-dash computer in production and is operated when the vehicle is stationary.

During breaks, Gerdes tweeted (www.twitter.com/cleanmpg) from the truck’s in-dash computer and posted text and photo updates of “Wayne’s Excellent 2011 Ford Super Duty Adventure” to his Web site.

You can find more information on the 2011 Ford Super Duty at fordvehicles.com or visit our new trucks section to determine which truck is the best truck for you.

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16 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Smith I can solve all of your problems in one word. Cummins.
4 months(s) ago via
alex m EVERYONE!!! these tests are with the diesel engine, on only hiway for the test, ovbiously city mpg is much lower, and this is also without shift-on-the-fly 4x4 which is basically alwalys the mpg of driving in 4x4 even when not in 4 wheel drive it is ready to shift on it in sesounds, so it is at least partilly active. All of these will kill mpg
11 months(s) ago via
Bshipp I drove the Ford Ranger overseas, the two point three liter turbodiesel is a great vehicle. Not everyone needs a full sized truck all the time, and the 2x4 and 4x4 versions of the Ranger worked for pretty much everything we needed. I'd love to see them here in the US.
1 year(s) ago via
DShaf This is really lame. We purchased this model because of the hype on mpg's. We were told it would get at least 26 mpg in all circumstances, especially pulling a 5th wheel. We don't even approach half of that under any circumstances. False advertising, I would say!
1 year(s) ago via
Loren D Very Impressive, But Now It is Time for a Midsize Ranger Truck Again...Would You Not Agree, Ford, please read below: Yes, It would be really Nice if Ford decided to build a new mid-size truck... even if it is an F-100 or even a Ford Ranger again. If they decide on bringing back the Ford Ranger, they really should look at the designs that Ford had in the past. I would look at the designs that Ford produced for its Ford Ranger series from the years 1994 to 2004 that was a part of the Ford Ranger series dealing with the Edge, Tremor, & Splash Ford Ranger Models but this time also incorporate ideas from their new F-150 Ecoboost Lariet (especially the front & back). If Ford could remember to add a crew cab & stepside models..it would be ideal. Plus, include nice hub caps that were on their 2000 Ford Ranger model. Anyway, I hope Ford changes its mind too on making a midsize truck soon..as long as they do not get too futuristic with their designs, they should be fine. Everyone take care, LJD
1 year(s) ago via
Dj green I drive mine to work the trip is 21 miles 18 of that is interstate hwy and all I can get is 14.7 mpg what is wrong with my truck
1 year(s) ago via
Dwain Just brouht a New 2011 F350 CC short wheel base am getting 19.5 to 21 MPG highway & City.
2 year(s) ago via
Rob EVERYONE, They are talking about the new BIODiesel Engine, you are comparing apples and oranges when you talk about your 6.0's and 6.4's
2 year(s) ago via
Brian G ok. so i see 26, 28, and 34 mpg...how in the world is that possible...I have a 2011 f250 lariat and get 16-16.5 mixed but mostly highways in nj....can someone explain how I can get even close to 20???
2 year(s) ago via
Frederick Very interesting. I have 2011 Diesel F250 Crew with 8K miles on it. Truck is equipped same as previously owned 2004 F250 Diesel and fuel mileage in older truck averaged 14.5 to 15.5, even with 175K miles on it. New truck is often around 13 mpg, driving gently, 50/50 mix of city/hwy. The 2011 computer has been updated recently. Not sure what the poor mileage is caused by??
2 year(s) ago via
Jim Chernosky Don't know about the 6.7 but I have a 6.0 F250 FX4 that I've driven 170,000 miles and get 18MPG mixed city and hwy. and on long interstate trips gets 20 to 21 mpg if I keep the crusing rpm around 2,000 which equates to about 70mph according to my gps. Based on that I'm pretty sure the new engine would do at least as good.
2 year(s) ago via
CHPerry I often drive between Knoxville, TN and Charlotte, NC and get between 19.5 and 21.0 mpg. The numbers are from the computer and verified with manual calculations. I get this without babying the truck. I could do better if I slowed down a bit.
2 year(s) ago via
Johninmaine I'd like to know what the fuel economy tips from the Ford vehicle energy engineering team were? 2011 F350 6.7 getting 14 to 20 MPG with no load
2 year(s) ago via
Rancher inTexas You're no alone, George. My mileage is similar to yours, as is everybody that I know that has one. I drive sanely, use cruise control frequently, avoid quick starts and have never seen mileage anywhere close to 20mpg. My 4WD KR SB has 18K on it and I love everything about the truck EXCEPT the mileage. I've also compared the MPG readout against my calculations and find that mine are always lower. I think FMC needs to either tell us what the secret tips are or re-flash our trucks for beter mileage...
2 year(s) ago via
TJ TJ- I purchased a New F350 short box with the 6.7 and was not impressed with the milage until I hit the 6000 mile mark. the first 6 was somewhere between 14.5 and 16.8 and around 12 when I towed my 35 ft. trailer. I made a 300 mile haul right at the 6000ml. mark and ended up getting 14.5 to 15.4 with the camper on and then was getting anywhere from 22 to 26 mph with out it, no additives or any special driving I used the cruise control as much as I could and that seems to help. overall I am very pleased with the performance and handling I have towed doubles up to 87 ft. long and go any speed I want and there is still plenty of power.
2 year(s) ago via
Johninmaine I'd like to know what the fuel economy tips from the Ford vehicle energy engineering team were?
2 year(s) ago via
george spurgeon Gang, I wish I could chime in and say my new f250 was getting these kind of mpg numbers, but I can't! 2011 F250, 355 rear end, 20" tires, mixed driving....14.5 mpg....Absolutely love the truck, my last truck 2007 F250 6l got about 17-18 mph, with 20" wheels.
3 year(s) ago via
Ryan i just purchased the 2011 F250 6.7 Fx4 Lariat Diesel with the 3.55 gears and the short bed. Drove it for a 4th of july trip and kept it between 55mph and 65mph. Said i averaged 25.9 mpg. instant fuel milage got as high as 28 when i could set my cruise on 60 but the traffic wasn't maintaining a good speed for that. the new torque shift transmition is pretty amazing itself you really have to pay attention if you want to feel it shift. So far a havent come close to regretting anything about this truck. Its personally my first diesel so i don't have much to compare it to.. but i traded in a f-150 supercrew fx4 with 20" rims and 325 tires and this truck is doubleing the gas mileage from it..
3 year(s) ago via
Sue Short I have a 2011 f250 being built, I was told there is an additive that you use every time you fill up?? What is the additive and do you have to use it or is it choice?? Is it readily available or is it going to be a pain to find??
3 year(s) ago via
Bill JOhnson My routine is Bar Harbor, Maine to San Diego, CA and back and then back and back and back, non stop, ONe way is truck no trailer other is trailer (12,000 pounds), I average on highway 18.9 mpg with 5.4L 4x4 SRW 2008 Super Duty XLT crew cab short box, this is with PURE gas, ethanol mixes drops my MPG to 12.9 mpg same routes. Now I have to haul my own pure gas as almost all stations are ethanol blends destroying my MPG. Towing 12k trailer coast to coast we get 8.9 mpg pure gas 87 octane BP, and with 10% ethanol blends we get 5.4 mpg towing same routes.
3 year(s) ago via
John I have an F250 SRW 4x4 and get 17.5 MPG on rural roads using winter blended fuel. Great Truck!
3 year(s) ago via
Texas I'd love to see some support on the articles results. The above comments seem to tell the real story. If the truck does hit 25+/- MPG, then it would be a worthy investment. But if it hits well under 20 MPG, then it would seem that the article has false information. Anybody else have results they can share on their 2011 F250 4x4 MPG?
3 year(s) ago via
Harvey Rouse Jr I have a 250 Lariat 4X4 with super cap and 8' bed. My truck is equipped with 20" rubber. I'm averaging 14 on and off road. According to the comments made here your MPG challenge was certainly not comparable to normal driving conditions. The comments speak for themselves.
3 year(s) ago via
Ken My 2011 250 only gets 14.0 under normal city driving. Haven't had the chance to test it on the highway yet.
3 year(s) ago via
Brooke Christianson I own the new 6.7 and I'm not getting anywhere near that good. I'm getting 12-13mpg. What's wrong with my truck?
3 year(s) ago via
David My 2003 F350 Crew Cab Dually V10 (gas) with lowest rear end ratio towing 12000 lbs (32 foot sport fishing cruiser on trailer with fuel and gear) gets 13 MPG at 55 MPG steady (cruise control) from LA to lakes near Tahoe, route includes the Grape Vine (loooong steep grades) and the California Central Valley (flat). Same route, 60 mpg gets 11 mpg, 65 mpg gets 9 mpg. So speed has a huge impact on mileage on such brick-like non-aerodynamic shapes. Heavy city towing, LA freeways and hills, staying with traffic (bumper to bumper and up to 65 mph), I get 9 mpg.
3 year(s) ago via
Dan Fry My 2011 F350 Lariat 4X4 with 6.7 L Powerstroke is averaging (Actual) 16.8mpg and with 17.8 mpg on rode at 75mph. I believe the 20" tires are hurting my fuel mileage some. The truck has 1500 miles on it and I am very happy that I chose the F350 over the Chevy Truck. Cab is very quiet and very comfortable to drive. Have not had 30 foot groosneck trailer loaded with seed on the unit yet but believe the suspension and engine will handle the weight fine. I heard the 17" tires on the truck will get the best mileage but still happy with the tires on my truck. Talk to your local sales rep about this prior to ordering. Test drive a new Ford Superduty with 6.7L and 6 speed transmission and you probably be convinced also they are very quiet and nice!!
3 year(s) ago via
Jim Sullivan Love my new 2011 F250 King Ranch. I have just over 5,500 miles on it and am on my first trip from Fredericksburg, VA to Panama City Florida. We have my hunting gear in the back and a 7\'x12\' Motorcycle trailer in tow loaded with a Goldwing and luggage. I ran mostly 75 mph for the trip and got a very disappointing 11.5 mpg and it drank DEF like crazy. Have already had to put in 5.5 gals. Is this what I can expect at this speed? Jim Sullivan
3 year(s) ago via
Dan Fry Just bought new 2011 Ford F350 with Lariat Package with 6.7 L. Powerstroke today. Hands down the cab is nicer than Chevy LTZ Package. Have driven 2009 Dodge 2500 alot and still does not even come close to Ford or G.M. quality. Have heard two farmers in my area that are getting 20+ mpg with there new F350 pulling livestock trailers to cattle shows on the interstate. I am very excited to get my new Ford and past two trucks was G.M. with gas motors. We will be pulling 30 foot 5th wheel and livestock trailer also.
3 year(s) ago via
nukkel i was wondering what the urea costs where, they need to calculate that into the mpg to actually get a real mpg figure and real cost per mile(cost of diesel plus the urea per mile) rather than just the cost of diesel which is somewhat misleading.
3 year(s) ago via
nukkel 3:31's combined with 800 ftlbs of torque is why it can tow so well, also its a six speed
3 year(s) ago via
nukkel dont believe it at all - the 5.7 is a dog and if you're getting 15mpg i'd be impressed - also yours is a half ton
3 year(s) ago via
Glen w I've had my 2011 6.7L 4X4 with the 3.55 rear end. Running the hills here in tn. i get about 19 highway and 17 mixed city and highway. I've seen over 20 when limited to 55mph it's better than than 150 i traded in on it.
3 year(s) ago via
matt flat lands of arizona? you've obviously never been here. i'm in arizona at 7000 feet and can drive an hour in any direction and drop about 2000'. two hours and you drop 5000'
3 year(s) ago via
Tom G I haven't seen anyone yet know how to properly operate a calculator to figure fuel mileage. I've heard all the stories and all the ones stating the great mileage and it simply doesn't make sense. The aerodynamics and weight of the F250 or any heavy duty truck simply won't allow those rediculous figures. I've owned 2 powerstrokes and have loved them both and I wouldn't buy any truck other than a ford for hauling but, fuel mileage has always been lousy. And for the guy with a Tundra that got in the mid 20s. I think he needs to learn how to figure mileage. I have several friends that have Tondra's and each and every one of them hate the mileage they get. They average 10-12 in town and 14 on the highway. These are intelligent and honest people that use their truck as a car and not a truck. Why would someone be able to get so much better fuel mileage than EPA states the truck will get? I've drove the new 2011 F350 King Ranch and it is without a doubt the most comfortable, powerful, luxurious truck I have ever driven. My current truck I bought new is an 05 Lariat crew cab and the one before was a 7.3 1999 and the one before a 1994. Ford has improved each and everyone of them with each new model. But. if you buy one plan on 3-4 mpg better than what you are used to and you will likely be happy. Don't dream you will ever get into the 20s.
3 year(s) ago via
M P ecomodders has guy with a 6.9L diesel crew cab that gets 28mpg. I have a bone stock F250 7.3 IDI TD with 5spd manual 4x4 supercab and I regularly get 19mpg commuting at 65 mpg (1800 rpm) with no mods except straight pipe. I see no reason why a good driver can't pull numbers like they are getting on the newest technology if they keep their foot out of it. J.Davis said it well. Truly AMAZING power and technology.
4 year(s) ago via
J. Davis As far as the average person not getting the insane high milage, I understand . Imagine driving with 400 HP & 800 ft lbs. Who can honestly leave the driveway & make it back without pushing the accelerator to the floor a few times? A few times is all it would take to gulp down a huge quanity of fuel & kill your milage. All in all it's an AMAZING amount of power & has amazing milage.
4 year(s) ago via
J. Davis To the statement about a Toyota 5.7 getting 23 - 25 MPG, that's great. Now put parts behind that powerplant (trans & rear end) that can handle 800 ft pounds , & can pull a 40' 5th wheel. Your toy would drop 10 MPG just turning the massive components. Now imagine the new 6.7 powerstroke powerplant dropped in the Toyota . The milage would jump up another 5+ MPG easy. Not to mention the power would be soo much, you could & would turn the toyota trans & rear end to cream cheese. MORAL_ your comparing apples to oranges.
4 year(s) ago via
will Does your tundra get that mileage with a half ton load in the back? Or are you driving it around like 99% of all toyota drivers strictly on pavement in the city? Has anyone ever seen a toy o ta truck actually pull something significant? Do work? Or live on a dirt road for ten years?
4 year(s) ago via
Chris I agree, I know pletny of people with Toyotas and they are not hitting what the gentleman below "claims". Ford is defintely starting to pull away. The only issue, is their overall quality going to be as good as toyota. I have an 09 Yukon and the fit and finish isnt as nice and not holding up like other foreign competitiors.
4 year(s) ago via
Mark Hey your Peterbuilt is able to use the lower rear end ratios because a large displacement engine combined with the proper transmission allows it. But you wouldn't last five minutes in the hills or mountains with that rearend, I'm guessing you run on the flats alot. Maybe Ford could go do some testing in the hills of kentucky, Ohio, West Virgina both empty and towing. That real world not the flat lands of Arizona.
4 year(s) ago via
mark hate to tell you, but my '08 Tundra 4x4 D-cab longbed 5.7 regulary gets 23-25 mpg and thats combined city/highway and I run right along with the rest of traffic. Hey but keep trying.
4 year(s) ago via
Tom T Now just imagine what you could do with a diesel Ranger, Bronco, or F150. What are you waiting for, Ford? Going to just give us the EcoBoost while the rest of the world gets the diesels, I bet.
4 year(s) ago via
peter Now, Expedition EL = Excursion
4 year(s) ago via
dr. rogers Ford, please make an Excursion from this platform, so I can replace my 03 Excusrion. Power, milaeage, and looks, its an unbeatable package. '12 Excursion 4x4, Eddie Bauer trim, with the 6.7... I'll be the first in line!
4 year(s) ago via
steven lots of great comments the 6-speed transmission and gear ratios are cirtical to the overall performance and gas mileage. i was concerned about the 3.31 rear axle but the math works with the additional power and gears. Ford chosse to treat the exhaust rather than reduce the engine output so the engine is free to create power and the Diesel Exhaust Fluid chemicaaly reacts with the engine exhaust to create a clean tailpipe emission. Ford has built quality into the whole product line and i like what i have seen from this truck so far
4 year(s) ago via
MIke I drive a 3/4 ton diesel and have several friends with all manufacture of diesels. There is no way you can drive a 7000 lb truck at normal speeds in normal conditions and factory setup. (Not some special tune that will not meet gov standards) and get 26.5 mpg. The current f250 in 4x4 is lucky to get 18mph on the freeway, if you increase that by 25% that gets you to 22.5mph. I could believe some people get 22.5 now if they drive slowly in a 2 wheel drive single cab truck. I hope someday they (I don't care which company) make a 3/4 ton truck that gets in the mid 20's.
4 year(s) ago via
Brian If you own a 2010 PSD you do NOT have a 6.7L you have the 6.4L built by Navistar. Get your facts straight before you tell us these things. ALSO the 6.7L is all new for 2011 not 2010
4 year(s) ago via
Brian I am a die hard Ford fan and owner, but you are using the MPG reading from the dash your an idiot. It is not accurate and don't trust it. I do it the old fashion way of math. My dash computer on my F-250 is usually higher by 1-1.5 mpg. We want to see the real math figure (how many miles you drove and how many gallons you put in).
4 year(s) ago via
Bobby Test drove a 2011 desiel crewcab today with 3.31 rears. Took on 30 mile drive all interstate. Got 22 miles to the gallon driving 75 mph. The urea tank is 5 gallons and last between oil changes. Less than 2:50 $ gallon to refeal. I will probably buy this truck tomorrow. The average miles per galllon computer is not as simple to reset as you might think. Its not a logical step, you have to push the arrow to the right and then push reset. Hope that's what happened to the last post.
4 year(s) ago via
JMAKOVIC I drove one of the trucks I ordered months ago today, 6.7 with 3.50 gears and about 40 miles on it. Average driving with 3-4 stop lights and average speed of 50 mph on a few hills & curves with an empty truck and occasionally hitting the petal to feel the torque of new engine I averaged 15MPG. That’s better than my 08 6.4's that average 10-12 but I also do not have the additional additive NEEDED in my 6.4 Diesels that this new Ford 6.7 REQUIRES. Add that to your figures and you really are getting the same $h!T as far as cost per mile. The only difference is nicer truck with better seats in the Lariat at least, and of course the title of nicest truck in town until a few more get one. Overall anyone who expects 20+ MPG from this truck AVG driving shouldn’t buy one because you wont get it. Occasionally on the highway empty you may but AVG, wont happen. AND DONT FORGET THE ADDITIVE THAT GOES INTO A SEPARATE COMPARTMENT NEXT TO THE FUEL FILL! No one seems to talk about the cost of this. ITS AN ADDED EXPENSE! Dont forget about it when you are doing your calculations.
4 year(s) ago via
Arthur Konstantino I have 500 miles on my new 2010 F250 SD 6.7 Diesel. I average between 11 and 13 mpg. I love the truck, not the MPG. Any ideas? Thanks BTW, I drive this thing very carefully. I also have a Toyota Prius 2007 my wife drives. She gets 50 MPG. She can't haul things like my Ford however.
4 year(s) ago via
Todd Check out the latest test of the 2011 Super Duty in Four Wheeler Magazine. They did real world testing including in town, off road, and highway, and acheived 22 mpg average. From what I have seen, these guys beat on the test vehicles pretty hard. I have had four diesel pickups and have never seen numbers like this. I am impressed.
4 year(s) ago via
rogelio preciosa camioneta, esta si que es una buena maquina ¿cuanto de combustible consume por km.? y que modelos tienen, su precio.
4 year(s) ago via
loren My 2007 F-150 get's 28 Mpg Highway and I also have assisted a stuck Tractor trailer . . . !
4 year(s) ago via
dick Build a small diesel and put it in a small truck, then I'll buy something from you.
4 year(s) ago via
Shawn V. Other people testing the new 2011 super duty have not come close to achieving this kind of mileage. If real world is the real indicator, then a new diesel that is choked off with all the smog crap will only do 2 or 3 mpg over current 2010 superduty I don't understand the hype. Quit kissing the EPA's tailpipe and get me a diesel pickup that gets 30 mpg with out having to drive like I have an egg under the accelerator. And there is no way that I'd drive under the limit on the hi-way. At least not where I live if I want to keep living and not get rear-ended!
4 year(s) ago via
Toybreaker I have an 01 7.3 crewcab 4x4. By slowly accelerating and staying at the posted limit I averaged 21.4 mpg round trip from charleston to boston. Some state roads but mostly interstate. Biggest drop of MPG is accelerating from a stop. 34 mpg from a HD diesel truck is VERY impressive.
4 year(s) ago via
TONY Yep Ford's has it figured out. I agree with commnets throughout this thread, unrealistic driving style to get the amazing mpg, but that was the purpose, it's nice to know that there is this potential in STOCK off the lot truck, a lot of it is the new higher rear end gearing and the new 6R140 trans that has 3.90 1st and double OD... but unitl this 6.7 SSCORPION has been proven, no one can tell me to trade in 01 CC 4wd drw... love to have an 08+ F450, but still do not believe that its that much better a truck to be saddled with $800/mo... still FORD FORD or FORD is my vote.
4 year(s) ago via
Brian BS. It wasn't canceled by the government; GM management put the project on 'indefinite hold' before they went through Ch. 11 because of the economy- they couldn't keep paying for the R&D.
4 year(s) ago via
DrunkenTIRE What is 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel engines ...OBD2 ? or EOBD ?
4 year(s) ago via
Ryan Knickerbocker GM canceled their smaller displacement truck diesel. They had already tooled for it and the government told them to stop development. I think it was 4.5 liters and was supposed to get 30mpg+.
4 year(s) ago via
matt wow you dont have to tail a person to get the effects of a draft, and he wasnt driving at 1,000rpms he was keeping the revs under that as in accelerating slowly.
4 year(s) ago via
TonyD Ford is coming out with some great fuel efficient vehicles here in the U.S. They are making some hot sellers in Europe as well. I should have listened to my dad and bought a bundle of Ford stock when it was only $1.49 a share.
4 year(s) ago via
will1234 Don't forget Ford is coming out with a 4.4l V8. Can you say 40MPG!!! They are going to put it in the E-Vans, f-150, and f-250. Your move Chevy and Dodge
4 year(s) ago via
justin you dont have a clue what you are talking about. i have a 2007 peterbilt 379exhood that has 3.36 gears in the rear and it pulls like no tomorrow. this gearing just shows what true torque can do. i bet you drive a prius so you have no idea what torque is.
4 year(s) ago via
Brian Fox - Tonka The Tonka brand can't wait to get there hands on the new Super Duty for a Corporate build to showcase the "toughness" of this truck. We love the aggressive style, MPG, and purpose. This is a DREAM for someone who needs to tow on a regular basis. It's about function to the engineers at Ford and that shows with this product!
4 year(s) ago via
derek haha, 100rpm does not necassarily equall 45 mph, i have a 2007 f250 with a 6 liter diesel, and when im cruising down the highway with my 5 speed automatic transmission at 65 mph and my rpms are only 1300-1400. so with a new 6 speed transmission with a dual overdrive gear, tell me how this would be impossible? im listenining..
4 year(s) ago via
Wayne Gerdes Hi Don R.: During the challenge, I averaged over 37.5 mph with the off road switchbacks, rush hour traffic and a multitude of stops for signs and lights before arriving back at the hotel. Easily a higher average speed than most would drive under those same conditions. Why Ford added the drafting part is up to them but it was “Traffic Side” draft. This is when you are in the right lane between the PSL (legal) and cars pass you on the left. Your draft is the low pressure area every car that has ever passed anyone leaves behind and you an d everyone else has benefitted from tens of thousands of times if not more. Learn about what you are condemning before rushing to judgment so as to not appear to be out of control… My vid of the Gilbert, AZ to Flagstaff climb occurred while I had a camera in my hand to catch the 7,000 foot sign. I almost pulled over in fact but caught it just in time. Do your best to catch that 7,000 foot sign without slowing down and with a camera in your hand. I played it safe by following the speed limits and using my E-Flashers. What would you have done??? Apparently you know little about Hypermiling I encourage you to join CleanMPG to both learn and add your thoughts at any time. You can read more about the cross country drive with the Excellent 2011 Ford Super Duty at the following: http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29847 Save fuel to the best of your ability as the gallons you consume today are not available for you tomorrow… Good Luck to you and yours. Wayne Gerdes - Owner/Admin of CleanMPG.com
4 year(s) ago via
richard murnan My 1999 F250 King cab 2wd ----big wheels--has been programed for towing. I programed it. When sitting at the light, with my trailer and zero turn mower and stuff---about 2000 lbs, this uh person in a little whatever with his [I think] boom boom going full blast--it's rocking his car, and the light changes to green, I just can't resist pushing that pedal to the floor--did i mention Diesel? 7.3 ------Sockree blue-- bye bye, uh uh uh whatever. Mileage? in a situation like that? who cares!
4 year(s) ago via
Michele Picky picky picky! This was just a test of what could be squeezed from a HD diesel pickup. No ,it may not be real world driving techniques, but it sure resulted in something that has never been seen before! Go Ford! The best keeps getting better!
4 year(s) ago via
don r. Norman H. they ARE doing 50mph, in fact they're doing LESS than 50mph...1000rpm = 45mph there are videos of hypermiler wayne running down the interstate, 4way flashers on, and hes showing the dash....it shows the tach at 1000rpm & the speedo reads 45mph...ON THE INTERSTATE !! Hypermiling is not the REAL / AVERAGE MPG that a normal driver would obtain !
4 year(s) ago via
don r. there is NOTHING impressive about running 1000rpm (45mph) on the interstate... as proof that even "hypermiler wayne" knows its dangerous, to run these speeds on the interstate, he drives w/ his 4way flashers on !!! DRAFTING...thats what they call it on a RACE TRACK...DRAFTING on the INTERSTATE Hi-way is called TAILGATING & its DANGEROUS ! promotion of this type of driving is DANGEROUS, IRRESPONSIBLE & UNREALISTIC ! you want high mileage, buy a VW TDI or POS prius....you wouldnt tow or haul anything w/ those, anymore than you would with a truck configured w/ 3.31 gear ratio !! your setting up new owners / customers for SERIOUS disappointment by making folks think theyll be able to reasonably achieve these MPG's day in and day out !
4 year(s) ago via
Norman H These guys aren't doing 50 and this is a DIESEL engine, not some silly gasser. Way to go Ford! Great to see the hard hitting numbers on the new DIESEL!
4 year(s) ago via
Adam Kessler That is amazing, No deisel out currently can come close to that. The best I've heard is around 22mpg on the Cummins. My neighbor had one. Some of the old Powerstroke 7.3's got about 22 also. Ford is definately tops in my book and has impressed me with several models the last three yrs! Go FORD!!! Go AMERICAN!!! Go for not accepting our BAILOUT CASH!!! GOD BLESS you guys for being responsible stewards!!!
4 year(s) ago via
Mark Lang Who drives under 50MPH on a open highway, thats lame.
4 year(s) ago via
James Roether That is totaly shock and hau Toyotat trucks probly can't hit that milage in ten years
4 year(s) ago via
Garrett Goulet Aggresive and impressive looking!
4 year(s) ago via
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