2015 F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Vs. 2015 Tundra 5.7 – Is The Fuel Economy A Big Deal?
The big hubbub on the 2015 Ford F-150 is the lighter weight driving fuel savings. To Ford’s credit, the new truck does indeed get better fuel economy than the older one, but how does this fuel economy compare to the 2015 Toyota Tundra over the course of a year? Sure the F-150 is rated to get better mileage on the EPA test cycle, but what does that really mean? Here is what you need to know.
Read any news article on the new Ford F-150 and you can play buzzword bingo spotting all the references to fuel economy, better fuel economy, less weight equals better fuel economy, greatly improved fuel economy. The superlatives around fuel economy could lead one to assume the truck gets such superior fuel economy that nobody comes close. Yet, what is the real story?
We compared a 2015 Ford F-150 XL Supercab and a 2015 Toyota Tundra base SR Doublecab on both manufacture’s websites (Ford.com and Toyota.com). These configurations were the best way to get as close to apples to apples as we could, with similarly powerful engines, featuers, etc. Here are the results:
|2015 Toyota Tundra SR||2015 Ford F-150 XL|
|5.7L V-8||3.5L V6 EcoBoost|
|6-speed transmission||6-speed transmission|
|6 1/2' bed||6 1/2' bed|
|MSRP - $32,960 - does not include destination||MSRP - $34,900 - does not include destination|
|Difference - $1,940|
|390 miles per tank based on 15 MPG combined (26 gallon capacity)||437 miles per tank based on 20 MPG combined (23 gallon capacity)|
|$63.25/fill up based on $2.50 per gallon (AAA)||$57.50/fill up based on $2.50 per gallon (AAA)|
|31 fill ups per year based on 12,000 miles driven||27 fill ups per year based on 12,000 mile average|
|Annual Fuel Cost - $1960.75||Annual Fuel Cost - $1552.50|
|Fuel Savings - $408.25|
Looking at the bottom line, the Tundra is $1,940 less expensive than the F-150. However, due to it’s higher fuel economy, the Ford costs about $408 a year less to fuel (assuming gas prices at $2.50 per gallon and EPA combined fuel ratings). Grabbing our calculator, it will take nearly 5 years (4.75 years, or 57,000 miles of driving) for fuel savings to overcome the F-150’s higher cost.
Some other calcs just for fun:
- If gas prices rise to $3, the annual fuel savings with the F150 increases to $555 a year (or so) and break even point drops to about 3.5 years (42k miles)
- If gas prices rise to $3.50, the annual savings is $647.50, and the break even point falls to 3 years (36k miles)
But There’s More To Calculate Than Fuel Savings
In addition the F-150’s higher purchase price, you must also account for:
- The F-150’s higher insurance costs. While it’s not clear how much the premium increase is for the 2015 aluminum F-150 vs the steel-bodied Tundra, the consensus is that it will be slightly more. If that works out to be $10 a month, it reduces the fuel economy savings about 25%. If it’s $20 a month more for the aluminum truck, that’s nearly half the annual fuel savings going to the insurance company.
- The F-150’s higher purchase price leads to increased sales tax and finance charges (assuming you finance). Interest and taxes on an “extra” $2,000 can be enough to knock out a year or two’s worth of fuel savings, depending on your sales tax rate and your finance rate.
- EcoBoost engines don’t always get the EPA rated fuel economy. Looking at data from Fuelly.com, it’s pretty clear that 3.5L EcoBoost Ford owners aren’t all enjoying the EPA rated fuel economy on their F-150s. Tundra owners, on the other hand, seem to be getting exactly what the EPA says they should.
Before we get a flurry of comments, other media outlets have struggled to get the EPA rating. Motor Trend tested a SuperCrew with a 3.5L EcoBoost and got just 16.8 (it is rated at 19 combined). Jalopnik got 18 combined in a 2.7L driving like “normal people” on 70 percent highways and 30 percent dirt roads. For reference, the 2wd is rated at 19/26/22 city/highway/combined. They did get it to hit 23.6 by “hypermiling and infuriating my passengers.”
If the 2015 F-150 saves about $500 a year in fuel (give or take, depending on whether or not you can keep your foot out of it), but it costs $100 more per year due to higher insurance rates and another $100 a year due to higher payments, what’s the point of talking about fuel economy?
Let’s give Ford the benefit of the doubt and say that gas prices jump back up to $3.50 per gallon – even at that much higher price, the fuel savings at 20mpg are $400-500 dollars per year after accounting for insurance and finance costs. Free collection of hot amateur and homemade scat porn clips. Nice girlfriends video tapes, interracial cuckold couples, swingers, webcamand, german, horny housewives with black bulls and many other videos updating every day. All of these home videos you`ll find on ScatNude.com The best of free Amateur Scat Porn watch online daily updates. To put those numbers in perspective, buying a $4 Starbucks latte every day costs $1,500 a year.
The 2015 Tundra’s EPA rated fuel economy is absolutely worse than the 2015 F-150’s rated fuel economy, but:
- Gas is cheap ($2.50 a gallon, currently)
- The new aluminum F-150 is more expensive than a similarly equipped Tundra
- Not every EcoBoost owner gets the mileage on the sticker
- Finance and insurance costs are higher on the F-150
It says here that any fuel economy savings from driving Ford’s new aluminum F-150 are minor. Don’t believe the hype.
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