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Old 05-19-2014, 09:03 PM   #11
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I bet you are accelerating faster with the Eco without really knowing it. the 5.4 would struggle to keep up. My Eco gets about 10% better fuel mileage than my previous 5.4 with towing or unloaded.
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:12 PM   #12
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The only hype I remember peaking my interest about the Eco was it's towing ability. And I will say they hit that nail right on the head!!! My old 07' 5.4L averaged 9.5mpg towing our old 21' 5000lbs travel trailer. My Eco averages 10-10.6mpg towing our new 33' 7500 lbs trailer. The Eco will tow circles around the 5.4L..

To the Op, If it bothers you that much just sell it. There are plenty of 09's for sale to go back to. Think of the $$ you would save. I'm just surprised that anyone who is willing to spend the extra $$ for a Platinum is going to bitch about gas mileage. ...
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Towed my car and got 18ish MPG...... Car weights 3800 ish lbs



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I haven't pulled my 6500# travel trailer yet, I hope that my mpg won't drop on that also. I used to average 12mpg with that on the 09. I plan on pulling the travel trailer for thousands of miles and 2mpg better would make a good bit of difference. Pretty disappointed, live and learn.
Boy is he gonna be surprised when he finds out he's over his payload w/his 6500#TT, family and gear for camping. I'd be surprised if his Platinum has more then 1300# payload.
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Boy is he gonna be surprised when he finds out he's over his payload w/his 6500#TT, family and gear for camping. I'd be surprised if his Platinum has more then 1300# payload.
I'm right at the limit, or just a hair over. I already went to the cat scales. It is just the wife and I
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Your numbers are right where they are going to be. Nothing wrong with them. Hang much weight off these trucks and you'll be in the 9 to 11 MPG range depending on a million factors. It's the non-towing mileage that pleases me, which thankfully is about 65% of the time on my truck.
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Your numbers are right where they are going to be. Nothing wrong with them. Hang much weight off these trucks and you'll be in the 9 to 11 MPG range depending on a million factors. It's the non-towing mileage that pleases me, which thankfully is about 65% of the time on my truck.

Me too! Got 22 mpg at 65 mph coming back from the cabin yesterday. And that's an FX4 with 3.73's and Max Tow; not the best mileage variant.
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I just bought my 2012,but I towed my horse trailer with my horse which is about 4-4.5k lbs. I was getting 14.5 with lots of power to spare. Does a better job than my old chevy 2500.
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use NON Ethanol gas ad it will climb back up a few mpgs
i run 87 octane non ethanol and its like night and day compared to running 91 octane that may contain 10% ethanol
but towing mpg will drop based on tons of variables....
wind, right foot application, speed, frontal area of trailer, weight of trailer, temps outside, a/c on fresh vice recirc,

i just towed a tad over 6500lbs of rock on a flat bed and it only dropped a small fraction to 16mpg
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And you'll probably get about that when not towing. But MPG when towing is no better than with an antiquated engine.

With mine and no trailer, if I can make myself cruise along at 65 MPH, it gets about 20 MPG. But hang on a TT or enclosed trailer of any weight from empty to 7,000 pounds gross trailer weight and MPG drops to 10 MPG if no headwind or hills, or 8 to 9 MPG with a headwind or hill country.

But who wants to poke along at 65 with no trailer when the ticket limit is 79? So I usually lock the cruise on 78 or 79 and get 14 to 15 MPG per the lie-o-meter.
That's with an Ecoboost? Man I'm glad I didn't fall for the hype. 2009 5.4 3:55 gears straight cab long bed. Cruise set at 80 17 mpg all day long, even my 2000 with 3:73 gears would do the same thing. That is hand figured, not the lie-o-meter.
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