2014 Ford Fiesta with EcoBoost is the Most Fuel-Efficient Non-hybrid in America
October 30, 2013 10:01 AM
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1.0-liter EcoBoost achieves 45 mpg on the highway
Ford has officially announced that the 2014 Fiesta using the new and very small three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is officially the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in America. The little 1.0-liter engine is able to achieve 32 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined.
Those official fuel efficiency ratings are dead on with Ford's promise of
achieving mid-40 mpg efficiency
when it first announced the tiny three-cylinder engine in November 2012. Ford says that the Fiesta is the only subcompact in its class able to deliver 45 mpg on the highway while producing over 120 hp.
Ford says that its 1.0-liter Fiesta achieves fuel efficiency of 12 mpg higher than the Honda Fit and 8 mpg higher than the Toyota Yaris on the Highway. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost Fiesta gets better fuel efficiency than some competitors’ diesel and hybrid vehicles. Ford specifically calls out the 2014 Honda Insight, which achieves 44 mpg on the highway and the 2014 VW Golf diesel with a manual transmission that achieves 42 mpg on the highway.
Despite being incredibly fuel-efficient, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine reduces 123 hp and 125 pound-foot of torque. The vehicle also features an overboost setting allowing the car to make 145 pound-foot of torque for up to 15 seconds.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is set to hit dealer showrooms later this year.
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RE: Why are non-hybrids getting such bad mileage?
10/30/2013 1:30:03 PM
Weight is a huge factor, emissions to a much lesser extent. But a major difference is that the methodology and tests used to determine the mileage figures has changed. Starting in 08' the calculations changed to better reflect real world driving patterns. The EPA site has revised figures on vehicles back to 85'. A car that was rated at say 45mpg in the late 80s might have a rating of 40mpg or lower on today's scale. There are also issues in comparing Euro cycle figures to US numbers. Completely different testing methods result in much higher relative numbers.
Actually mileage standards have risen over time. You are implying that safety mandates have lowered the mileage is
of and you are correct. There is a balance between safety and economy. But fleet mileage numbers are still rising. As is performance. Today's vehicles are on average quicker, faster, and far safer then the vehicles of yore. It is interesting to go back and study the 0-60 times and related figures of the 70s or 80s and compare them to the average 200hp family sedan of today. Automotive engineers have done a pretty good job balancing emissions, performance, safety, and peoples purchasing preferences.
RE: Why are non-hybrids getting such bad mileage?
10/31/2013 9:51:54 AM
Emissions standards in 2004 removed the "lean cruise" ability that many cars that which had large impacts on fuel economy in cars. As an example the 2004 GTO had a highway rating of 26 mpg. Owners who enabled the lean cruise option in the computer were able to get 29-30 mpg.
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