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Old 05-10-2016, 11:28 PM   #1
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For all of you towing a 5.0TA with Ford's new 2.7L EcoBoost, allow me to share the following. I had a 2012 F150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost. I traded it in at the end if last year to get a 2015 for several reasons. First, it was silver and I wanted white. When I bought the 2012, they could not find what I wanted in white. Second, the 2012 had a 26 gallon fuel tank and I wanted the 35 gallon tank now available for a greater cruising range. Third, because of its weight, the 2012 was considered a commercial vehicle in Florida which meant it had to be registered in December rather than my birth month which meant two trips to the DMV rather than one. The 2015 being aluminum and weighing 700 lbs less is not categorized as commercial. And fourth, I was hoping to improve gas mileage when towing. The best I ever did with the 3.5L was 14 mpg. My first trip with the 2.7L was to Scamp Camp in Sebring, FL, in February. On that trip, I got a disappointing 13.9 mpg, worse than what I got with the heavier 2012 3.5L EcoBoost. I began to wonder if I had made a mistake going to the smaller displacement engine. Today I towed the 5.0TA from the Tampa Bay area to Atlanta up I-75. Some of the trip to Sebring was stop and go driving. But on the interstate, with the cruise control set at 59/60, the little 2.7 averaged 16.8 mpg. And it has plenty of pep. I couldn't be happier!
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:44 PM   #2
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But on the interstate, with the cruise control set at 59/60, the little 2.7 averaged 16.8 mpg.
I thought you experts all said that one should NOT tow with cruise control (or overdrive)? And here I depend on you...
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:49 PM   #3
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Hi: C&G in FL... Sounds good to me. So the big tow has begun!!! Alf
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:08 AM   #4
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Glad you're enjoying the truck Carl. We had a similar experience. The mileage at first seemed low, but it crept up and settled in at about 16 mpg towing the 19. The power of this little engine is impressive too.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:38 AM   #5
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I thought you experts all said that one should NOT tow with cruise control (or overdrive)? And here I depend on you...
If on the open road I almost always use cruise control. I see no reason at all not to. When on curvy, busy, real hilly, residential, etc roads I don't use it.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:42 AM   #6
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Our manual says not to use cruise. I once saw a reason that it does damage to the TV but no idea what that was.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:49 AM   #7
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If on the open road I almost always use cruise control. I see no reason at all not to. When on curvy, busy, real hilly, residential, etc roads I don't use it.
Yea, maybe when you drive from Calgary heading East over the Prairies
Cruise doesn't seem like such a good idea for BC.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:52 AM   #8
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I thought you experts all said that one should NOT tow with cruise control (or overdrive)? And here I depend on you...
Cruise is likely fine on flat ground (meaning the entire state of Florida ) With even moderate hills, cruise can lead to excessive transmission shifting as the vehicle thrashes to unnecessarily maintain the set speed.

As far as I'm concerned, directions from the manufacturer of the specific vehicle take precedence over any general guidance, and well-informed common sense trumps both.
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Old 05-11-2016, 01:00 AM   #9
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Since the subject of towing with EcoBoost engines has come up again...
By coincidence I saw an article today in a truck magazine (sorry, can't remember which one) intended to compare turbocharged and non-turbocharged engines for towing. They used two current F-150 trucks, with the same cab, same box, and same equipment other than the engine. The two engines were the 3.5 L EcoBoost and the 5.0 L V8. Although the larger non-turbo engine has a bit more peak power, the smaller turbo (EcoBoost) engine has a broader powerband, and the EcoBoost had superior performance both empty and towing a 6000-pound trailer... but especially when towing. By coincidence the test trailer weight roughly matches the combination of a fully-loaded (to its GVWR) Escape 21' plus passengers and cargo to max out the truck's payload. Their fuel economy was much worse than Robert's, especially when towing, but conditions and driving style would have been different from his.
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I've engaged 'cruise' a couple of times for a couple of minutes to relieve a cramp in my foot. Other than those occasions, I prefer to drive my vehicle.
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