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 6:27:52 PM
I've never found anything to indicate the IIHS scale nor the NHTSA scale has been modified since their inception. The only thing they've done is add new crash test criteria. You may be inclined to believe they have but I've yet to find anything to suggest that they have as crash survivability, impact loads, etc. has always been same. The tests are still done at the same speeds as they always have been done so there really has been no changes. A car rated at "Good" stars in a medium offset crash is still "Good" by today's IIHS standard. As for the vehicle's aptitude in other tests, since it wasn't tested for that, cannot be determined but it's not unreasonable to assume that the vehicle would do poorly in that test.
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