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Old 01-09-2012, 11:13 AM   #11
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

My experience towing a 17B (weighed at just under 3000lbs loaded) with a 2010 RAV4 over around 20,000 miles is just under 15 MPG (US) towing on mostly secondary roads @ 55 - 60 MPH. On the few times I've towed in interstates, the average is just over 15 MPG towing at 60 MPH. All towing in 4th gear (no overdrive).

Unleashed, the RAV4 gets 24 MPG highway and around 22 driving around town. And I have had to lock in the 4 wheel drive once or twice! I think a big advantage of the F150 (in addition to the additional torque) is the additional ground clearance, and having an open bed for things like a generator, fuel, etc.

By the way, I have the "Sport" model - run flat tires and no spare on the door. BIG MISTAKE! tires at $1100 per set last 20K miles, the ride is very rough, they are useless on snow, and although I have never had to try it, who knows if you can really drive 100 miles on a flat. I ended up purchasing an additional rim & standard snow tires (which are a huge improvement), but finding a place for the spare is a pain. Now if you know anyone that wants to trade a Barcelona Red rear door that has a tire carrier for one that doesn't let me know!
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:47 PM   #12
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Unleashed, the RAV4 gets 24 MPG highway and around 22 driving around town. And I have had to lock in the 4 wheel drive once or twice! I think a big advantage of the F150 (in addition to the additional torque) is the additional ground clearance, and having an open bed for things like a generator, fuel, etc.

By the way, I have the "Sport" model - run flat tires and no spare on the door. BIG MISTAKE! tires at $1100 per set last 20K miles, the ride is very rough, they are useless on snow, and although I have never had to try it, who knows if you can really drive 100 miles on a flat. I ended up purchasing an additional rim & standard snow tires (which are a huge improvement), but finding a place for the spare is a pain. Now if you know anyone that wants to trade a Barcelona Red rear door that has a tire carrier for one that doesn't let me know!
Thanks for the information. When I went to look at the RAV4, the sales person tried selling me on the run-flat tires - "All the luxury car makers like Mercedes are going that way." The spare, or lack thereof, is a possible deal-breaker for me.

The thing I find kinda annoying on the new vehicle market is the Transport Canada and/or EPA fuel consumption ratings posted with the vehicles. I believe the RAV4 (V6) has a current rating of 37mpg (Imp) 30mpg (US) but drops by 20% as soon as real life kicks in. I'm wondering about the mileage estimates for the F150 Ecoboost (30mpg Imp?) if its just so much EcoBS.

My wife and I are still deciding. We will go with the RAV if we replace her car - the F150 Ecoboost if we decide to replace my truck.

The cargo area of the pick-up is useful for the non-camping cargo - like boat motors, gasoline, moose, etc.

Decisions, decisions...

Thanks for the input.

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Old 01-09-2012, 05:29 PM   #13
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

I think that the EPA or Transport Canada estimates are complete bs. The EPA recently changed how they acquire the info but it's still not "real world" although it's better that what Transport Canada does.
Also remember that the vehicle you buy may not be exactly what was tested. There would be a big difference in fuel mileage between an F150 XL supercab 4x2 with a 3.08 rearend and a Platinum crewcab long box 4x4 with a 3.73 rear gear (if these configurations are even available). There could be 1000lbs. weight difference alone between the trucks!!!!!

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Old 01-09-2012, 07:47 PM   #14
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The Ford Ranger has a towing cap. of near 6000 pounds with the automatic.
It comes with a tow package.
Optional 4X4.
Lots of room for storage if you get a canope.
Fits in the garage.
Mainly seats 2 adults but there is rear seating in a pinch for a pre-teen or a pet.
The milage seems to be about the average.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:29 PM   #15
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

The MPG ratings are if you keep your foot of the pedel! I bet I get better fuel mileage than most. The idea of pulling a trailer at 70 mph gives me the willies. Slow down and smell the roses (or look at the scenery... you may NEVER pass this way again...)
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:51 PM   #16
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The MPG ratings are if you keep your foot of the pedel! I bet I get better fuel mileage than most. The idea of pulling a trailer at 70 mph gives me the willies. Slow down and smell the roses (or look at the scenery... you may NEVER pass this way again...)
I probably get better fuel mileage than most as well.

My wife is quick to remind me if I exceed the posted speed limit by more than 5 mph :

Even though I tend to have a somewhat heavy foot when driving empty, I get the willies as well at the thought of towing anything at 70mph as well.

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Old 01-09-2012, 09:28 PM   #17
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

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The Ford Ranger has a towing cap. of near 6000 pounds with the automatic.
It comes with a tow package.
Optional 4X4.
Lots of room for storage if you get a canope.
Fits in the garage.
Mainly seats 2 adults but there is rear seating in a pinch for a pre-teen or a pet.
The milage seems to be about the average.
Are they still selling them in Canada? They are no longer available (2012) here in the US.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:26 PM   #18
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

Some trailer tires have a speed rating printed on the tire. My Escape tires have a speed rating. Since it came from Canada the rating might not be the same as the US. We do not tow above 60 mph.
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Hi: All... Sorry to have to tell you but the Ranger is DEAD. As for EPA and Trans. Can. figures they're all gas!!! When was the last time you drove 60kph indoors on a level treadmill YMMV as Donna D says! Alf
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:14 AM   #20
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

No Ranger in the US?! I was startled to see this news. Apparently the 2012 Ranger is "up-sized" so it competes with the F-150.

We're not ready to buy yet, but the F-150 with the turbo V-6 (ECO boost) looks interesting. I will certainly wait a year or two before buying it, just to let the new engine get over any teething problems.

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