2011 Ford F150 EcoBoost Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

Discussion in 'Ford' started by xcel, May 2, 2011.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford F-150 w/ EcoBoost Challenge

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    Crossing into the Great State of Texas, Home of many a pickup truck(s)!​

    Wayne
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Mike saw something over the hill somewhere along the Interstate in Texas? It took him about 1 minute and 30-seconds to find it and than he came back to the truck ;)

    Ahhh Ohhh

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    Mike looking for relief in a Texas Prairie I think ;)

    Wayne
     
  3. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    That was the new 21" Compaq laptop from Walmart for $299.
     
  4. Sledge

    Sledge I like owls with captions

    My guess: 32.01 mpg :)
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost on the road

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    CGAutomotive’s "Ice Man" Dave Hall

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    Doing well :)

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2011
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford F150 w/ EcoBoost Adventure Challenge

    Camp Eureka! in Amarillo, TX!

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    Wayne
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford F150 w/ EcoBoost Adventure Challenge

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    Off-Roading at 25 + mpg!

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    Ford Fiesta forced to take a detour with us… They said it was “Bone jarring” ;)

    Wayne
     
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford F150 w/ EcoBoost Adventure Challenge

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    70 mph max – 40 mph min… :)

    Wayne
     
  9. buurin

    buurin Little Pig

    I guess 37.40 MPG...
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    2011 Ford F150 w/ EcoBoost Adventure Challenge

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    Dave Hall at the Oklahoma Airport just prior to departure.

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    Sebastian Blanco and Dave Hall at the Oklahoma City, OK airport for the journalist swap.

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    F-150 and the Fiesta at the Oklahoma City, OK airport.​

    Wayne
     
  11. SD3_Driver

    SD3_Driver Well-Known Member

    36 mpg, looks good....
     
  12. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    My guess is 32.30 mpg. Good Luck ;).
     
  13. EVuser

    EVuser Well-Known Member

    33.33 is probably a low estimate but it is my guess.

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  14. greatwit

    greatwit Active Member

    I'd like to gues 34.56 for the entire trip.
     
  15. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    "Lead Foot" Jill Ciminillo proves that she is up to any challenge.

    Jill Ciminillo of Chicago Now has earned a reputation over the years for being a leadfoot. She can find every last horsepower quoted on a spec sheet. Wringing out the lastest products that automakers have to offer is tough work, actually, and Jill makes it look easy. She will dig up the best and worst of what a given vehicle has to offer, and then gather the information into a friendly yet comprehensive review article that neither insults nor intimidates readers. Those who think it's easy should try it sometime, and you will quickly learn the true meaning of "writer's block".

    While Jill's reputation preceded her, I knew she would easily meet the challenge in our F-150. Flogging the latest sedan or SUV is the best way to uncover faults and foibles, and Jill's daily battles on the highways and byways of Chicago can quickly acquaint the driver with what a vehicle does well and what it fails to do. But years of expertise in road testing and documenting results have given Jill a vast skillset that allow her to adapt to any challenge or driving environment. It is "Leadfoot" Jill that I would trust to drive on icy highways on worn tires - she's that good at what she does.

    With Jill's contribution, driving across western California into Arizona into 30mph headwinds, the first tank - from Los Angeles CA to Amariillo TX - met the goal of 30+mpg. Her driving skills were quietly revealed as she achieved very respectable fuel economy while heading into the perfect storm of wind and terrain. So, at the risk of tarnishing Jill's "Leadfoot" reputation, our two days with Jill have revealed a hidden "feather toe" side of this fierce warrior of Chicago's surface streets.

    I would to thank Jill for taking the time to be a part of CleanMPG's F-150 EcoBoost Adventure Challenge, and for her remarkable contribution to meeting the goal. Her combination of humor and knowledge of "car stuff" made the miles fly by (even while they passed by at a speed between the limits) when she wasn't driving. And when she was driving, her ability to make the F-150 EcoBoost really sing in the opera of cross-country interstate travel revealed a stark contrast to her Leadfoot reputation. She is a true professional, and as such has demonstrated she can meet and beat any challenge. Jill is an inspiration to "lead foots" across the country, and a great example to follow.

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    "Feather Toe" Jill concentrating at the wheel of the mighty 2011 Ford F-150 w/ EcoBoost.​
     
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  16. npauli

    npauli Well-Known Member

    I say 33.41 mpg.
     
  17. CPLTECH

    CPLTECH Well-Known Member

    While it is hard to imagine any full-size truck getting better mileage than even a Ranger or S10, I will guess 33.00 MPG for your cross country trip. Surprise me.

    Also, are you keeping track of the Fiesta’s mileage as well? OK, surely any hyper miler always keeps track, don’t they?
     
  18. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    38.28 MPG is my guess.
     
  19. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Yes, we are tracking the Fiesta's mileage. We're at about 67.5 at the Sallisaw OK stop, pending more SG calibration.

    It was rough the first day - cool to cold temps (30F setting up the tents), 30+ mph headwind, climbing from LA to 7000 feet. Now that we're past the mountains and have good weather, she's singing like I hoped she would. The numbers are right in line with my car. That's to be expected, since the Fiesta is rated the same city and +2 highway (28/37) but has more load on board. All our personal bags are in the hatch - an airline carry-on each for 7 people.
     
  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Here is what some may have been looking for...

    As posted earlier, the 2011 Ford F-150 w/ EcoBoost is spec’ed for a 26-gallon tank but actually holds a touch over 36 gallons. And we have proven it 3 times now! In addition, the odometer study was completed on the drive from Dearborn to Chicago with the 100 mile marker passed showing 98.7 miles per the ODO and trip A/B thanks to the taller 18’s we are equipped with vs. the OEM 17’s. Both are favorable additions imho ;)

    All of that said, we filled in LA and headed East hoping for favorable conditions which unfortunately did not appear. From 25-miles outside of LA all the way to Albuquerque, NM, 20 to 30 mile headwinds allowing middling mid to high 20’s segments.

    With Dave “The Ice Man” behind the wheel of the mighty F-150 and approximately 2-miles before DTE 0, the mighty EcoBoost’s aFCD turned over to 30.0 mpg. And a wild cheer came from within the cabin as we did it! Rolling into Amarillo on fumes with a DTE of negative 16 miles, it was time to fill and the final real numbers were about to be revealed.

    From the drive to CA, the EcoBoost’s display was showing + .2/- .1 mpg vs. our actual fill-ups so we knew it was going to be close…

    And the final is…

    2011 Ford F-150 w/ EcoBoost – Fuel Economy Adventure Challenge

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    (1071.6 miles * (100/98.7 from odometer study))/36.020 gallons filled = 30.142 mpg.

    Wayne
     

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