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Old 06-17-2014, 03:11 PM   #11
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I just checked with the Big Oil Companies and they seem OK with crappy milage.
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:30 PM   #12
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Having just finished our 5,000 mile, 8000 km. first trip this is a timely thread.

Just added up all the gas bills and our Ford Ranger 4.0 averaged 15 mpg. The trip was to Utah, Colorado, New Mexico etc. and we were up and down elevation wise everyday.

I use the tow/haul mode button like an electric overdrive. I engage and disengage frequently. When I'm on level highway I'm usually not using the tow/haul mode.

So I'm not too unhappy with the mpg. I notice though that Jim has over twice my horsepower and still got 12 mpg. I'm guessing that he goes up long hills much quicker than I can. So I guess there's always a trade off.

I saw the new diesel Ford Ranger in NZ last year. Sure wish they were available in NA.

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Old 06-17-2014, 03:52 PM   #13
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I get 15 MPG with my 2010 Ford Ranger 4x4 4.0 with a tow package pulling my 17b.
Ron in BC when you say you use a tow/haul button what do you mean? I don't have that button on my Ranger.
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:00 PM   #14
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We just finished our trip from southern Alberta to Prince George to Chilliwack and back to southern Alberta. We managed 15.84 Imp miles per gallon with our GMC 4X4 Crew Cab, 5.3 V8 and 6 speed trans. towing our 19 with a full tank of water and loaded for camping, we were happy with the numbers. Although we didn't like the cost of gas in BC.

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Old 06-17-2014, 04:31 PM   #15
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I don't think you can compare mileage between a 21 and any other of the Escapes, the bigger frontal profile has to have some effect.

FWIW my stick trailer is almost the same dimensions (3" wider) and weight (3700) as the 21 except for square corners and 2 wheels. I went from 15 without, to 10-12.5 with trailer, speed (55-70) determines where we are in that range. This was with my 04 GMC 1/2T 5.3L 4x4. The Ecoboost gets a little better.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:02 PM   #16
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Carl,
It is a nice engine and when it roars, it roars. I normally only get about 14-15 around town.
Robert,
I tried to keep it at 60-65 or about 5 less than the limit and in those 80 mph states around 70, I guess slowing down to 100 kph or 62 would be better.
Frankly cpaharley2008, I think you're driving too fast!
But then... YMMV...and it does!
Relax, enjoy the scenery. What's the rush you're on vacation!!
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:29 PM   #17
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I get psyched when towing sometimes, particularly to a rally that has start and end times. I'm hoping as I age gracefully, I will slow down, I try to keep it at 100 kph or 62 and will try harder.
Sometimes being quick has it's benefits, in Osoyoos, I helped save a man from dying by immobilizing him and keeping him awake until the medics arrived. This man, a permanent resident had fallen on a spike which entered his head. He kept trying to get up and I held him down. The nurses called him "Spike" and he returned Saturday with close to 30 stitches. I was covered in blood when I first met Tammy since that was the day she arrived.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:31 PM   #18
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Wow! Way to go, Jim!
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I don't think you can compare mileage between a 21 and any other of the Escapes, the bigger frontal profile has to have some effect.

FWIW my stick trailer is almost the same dimensions (3" wider) and weight (3700) as the 21 except for square corners and 2 wheels. I went from 15 without, to 10-12.5 with trailer, speed (55-70) determines where we are in that range. This was with my 04 GMC 1/2T 5.3L 4x4. The Ecoboost gets a little better.
Let's wait and compare your new 5.0 TA, I have a feeling it is weight as well as aerodynamics. Too bad we do not have someone who had a 21 and now has a 5.0 TA who can make the comparison. Wait, they could be me!!!
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:38 PM   #20
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The gmc canyon diesel is reported to have a tow capacity in the 7000 lb range, and be able to average well into the 30 miles per gallon ( not towing ). will be interesting to see if this becomes a suitable tow vehicle for some
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