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Owner’s Log: 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat (3/2015 – 6/2016)

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Better late than never!  It’s been a busy summer, and the F-150 continues to shine, both literally and figuratively.  Commuting dominated the quarter, with some hauling and a couple of road trips mixed in for good measure.  Read on for the usual stats and summary.

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New York Times: How Long to Recoup Hybrid/SFE Trim Level Costs?

Many of you are have seen hybrid versions of cars, or even hybrid-specific models like the Toyota Prius, which combine electric motors with gas engines to get huge gains in fuel economy.  Now there’s a new player in the fuel economy wars: the SFE, or Super Fuel Economy.  It’s a Ford acronym, but I’ll be using it to describe any non-hybrid which uses aerodynamic modifications, special transmission or tires to eke out a few extra MPGs.  The New York Times even posted a comparison on their site, so continue reading for that and my thoughts on it.

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2011 Ford Explorer Achieves 25% Increase in Fuel Economy

The 2011 Ford Explorer, which has undergone an extensive redesign, so far as to make it car-based rather than truck-based, has another ace up its sleeve in the new crossover/SUV wars: a bump to 17/25 city/highway gas mileage for its base V6, a full 25% increase over last year’s V6 model.  Click past the jump for more details and the full press release.

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Ford Releases Fuel Economy Numbers for 2011 Ford F-150: 3.7-liter V6 Gets 23 MPG!

Pending final EPA certification, the 3.7-liter V6 in the upcoming 2011 Ford F-150 will get you a stellar (for a truck, anyway) 23 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg around town.  The 5.0-liter V8 gets you 15/21 city/highway, which rivals its GM counterparts’ fuel economy numbers.  While these numbers are preliminary, they can’t be too far off base or Ford wouldn’t release them.  Click past the jump for complete breakdowns and comparisons.  Truck fans will be especially interested in the Ford-provided charts at the bottom.

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2011 Ford F-150 Followup – 20% Increase in Fuel Economy?

According to a press release published by Ford today, the four engines available on its upcoming 2011 F-150 pickup should yield 20% gains in fuel economy compared to the same models in 2010.  Since no V6 is available on the 2010 F-150, this is a believable number, especially considering the advanced engine technologies used to craft the new 5.0 and 6.2-liter V8s.  As a recap, the engines available in the 2011 F-150 will be the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0 and 6.2-liter V8s, and later on in the model year, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.  If the 20% number comes true, look for fuel economy numbers to be 14-17 city, 18-24 highway.

by John Suit

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Lexus announces the 2011 ES 350

Lexus announced today the changes for its 2011 ES 350 luxury sedan.  The ES will start at $35,525, an increase of $350 over 2010 models, and no longer does it require premium unleaded fuel.  Instead, it will get 19/27 city/highway mpg on regular fuel.  The aforementioned change is the big one, and the rest are fairly minor tweaks.  Click past the jump for more details and a high-resolution picture gallery.

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