Ford’s New F-150 To Get 26 Mpg, Tops Among Pickups

November 26, 2014 4:13 PM

Ford’s New F-150 To Get 26 Mpg, Tops Among Pickups
" DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup.

The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine. The Ram gets up to 28 mpg with a diesel engine; Ford doesn’t make a diesel version of the F-150.

Fuel economy is a key selling point for the new F-150, which is arriving at dealerships this month. Ford shaved 700 pounds off the weight of the truck by switching the body from steel to lightweight aluminum, a dramatic change for the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

Some analysts thought the truck might even top 30 mpg after Ford’s multi-billion dollar investment to develop and produce it. The final figure met Ford’s expectations of a more modest improvement, and represents 13 percent greater fuel economy than the current F-150 "

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