i have learned through many vehicles that attaining high MPG is NOT to put in a 4 cylinder engine into larger cars and SUV's. i say keep the v6 or go back to putting in a v8 in them. see, most car manufacturers think that by downsizing the engine size increases gas mileage. well that is true when on the highway, but there is a major draw back on that. 4 cylinder engines in something as big as a SUV have to struggle to get the said vehicle up to the highway speed, therefore losing fuel in the process. the more the engine has to work, the more fuel it consumes. my 97 Thunderbird had a 4.6L v8. had slightly over 200 HP. that little v8 got well over 30MPG with no addons. being that it was a v8 it could propell that car with very little effort and the driver of said car was then rewarded with greater fuel savings. the way gas prices are today saving gas is everything. and the answer is not to incorporate a tiny I-4 that cant even get out of its own way. the answer is to adapt better fuel saving technology to v6, I-6 and V8 engines. in short, the bigger the engine, the less power it has to use to propell the vehicle. which equals out to greater gas milage and better fuel savings. you see, the ECO-boost tech can be incorporated into a small v8 like a 4.6 or maybe even the 3.8 v8 that was in the 02-05 thunderbirds to increase power and fuel economy at the same time. the answer isnt to remove the bigger engines. the answer is to make them more fuel efficient.
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