In spite of the medeocure gas mileage @ 80 MPH, the Bronco seems to be very comfortable and drivable at that speed.Black Diamond 2.7 with SAS, San Francisco to Los Angeles on I-5 = 16.8 mpg. Running mostly 80 mph. Love my Bronco. Have been getting a lot of compliments.
I generally agree with your post. However, you don't have to "power all of the front drive train". You just have to carry it around. The hubs automatically disengage in 2wd.Now, with the Bronco, we’re handicapped by having to power all of the front drive train whether you are using it or not. A MPG sacrifice for “shift on the fly”.
Man, you nailed it. And I mean every single line of your post. There is a lot that goes into driving like this and getting great gas mileage. I know as I drive like this. And I accelerate moderately and don't hold up traffic either. I am a young 63 (also a mechanical engineer and still working full time) with a lot of driving experience on and off road. I get 21.7 average in my Sas. 2.7. This is around town and highway. I get over 22 straight highway driving. And I so laugh when the person who drives flooring it light to light ends up at the same light 10 miles down the road, LOL.OK…Shit…I’m a 71 year old retired mechanical engineer. For me, gas mileage is a no-brainer.
I do not want to insult anyone here, and will NOT get into pissing contests with anyone regarding this post. Take it or leave it.
Anyone can get horrible gas mileage. Takes no skill what so ever. Anyone can shove a gas peddle to the floor. Driving efficiently however takes some skill and restraint. I have a Badlands Sasquatch, 2.7L. I just returned from a 400 mile trip from Houston to the Texas Off Roadeo. Got 19.5 MPG round trip based on pump gallons vs. odometer mileage. For me, this was not great….Could have been better but for safety reasons I had to keep up with the traffic. On Texas State Highways and the Interstate, traffic is moving at 80 to 90 MPH. At 80 MPH, the Bronco might get 15 MPG! At 65 MPH, as others have stated it can do 20+ MPG ( maybe even 21 MPG) on cruise control. Now, I could go take the thing out and have some serious fun and probably only get 8 to 10 MPG. My choice as it is YOUR CHOICE.
I see many folks here in Houston driving at Wide Open Throttle in their Suburbans and Navigators up to the next RED traffic light. I wonder if they also complain about crappy gas mileage?
So…. If you have to go from 0 to 60 in one minute, you have a choice. You can take the entire 60 seconds to get to 60 MPH, OR, you can go from 0 to 60 @ WOT (wide open throttle) and then hold 60MPH for the rest of the minute. The later is going to use a lot more gasoline to accomplish. Electric cars can do 0 to 60 in 2 seconds??? But I’m sure when you do that it is a serious KWH (kilowatt hours) hit (battery depletion).
Now, with the Bronco, we’re handicapped by having to power all of the front drive train whether you are using it or not. A MPG sacrifice for “shift on the fly”.
If you want to improve your gas mileage, here are my recommendations:
1) Do not be a problem going slow and holding up traffic.
2) Higher speeds suck gasoline. Try to drive the speed limit.
3) Drive as though you do not have any brakes. When you are braking, your kinetic energy (speed, MPG) is wasted.
4) Accelerate gently (but don’t hold up traffic)
5) Do not continue accelerating when the next traffic light is RED.
6) I run my air conditioning compressor here in Houston almost year round, but it probably reduces gas mileage by 1 MPG.
7) Drive like a Grandmother (not the Little Old Lady From Pasadena)!
8) Always maintain safe driving conditions over any effort to conserve gasoline.
9) Use your cruise control.
You may not agree with all of this, but it’s kind of physical reality.
What's your source on that?I generally agree with your post. However, you don't have to "power all of the front drive train". You just have to carry it around. The hubs automatically disengage in 2wd.