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                Electric Car Conversion Blog By Gavin Shoebridge

February 7th, 2013 at 1:26 am

Ford EcoBoost Engine: When Good Hype Goes Bad

Ford’s self-proclaimed “Best motor in the World” fares poorly compared to an electric motor.

According to an interesting article from Green Car Reports’ Antony Ingram, it turns out that small turbocharged engines such as Ford’s much touted EcoBoost simply don’t make the grade in the real world.

The article goes on that say that Consumer Reports tested such small displacement motors in the real world and compared them with their on-paper economy claims with bad-for-PR results. Consumer Reports revealed that Ford’s Ecoboost-powered Ford Fusions which use a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine actually achieved worse mileage and worse performance than larger, naturally-aspirated counterparts.

Not only that, the four-cylinder engine in the 2.0 Ecoboost also loses even more on the grounds of engine refinement to the typical V-6 units in the class. Adding insult to injury in the case of the EcoBoost engine, there’s now a Facebook page where regretful owners of new EcoBoost engines can complain about how apparently bad they are to live with.

One of the many complaints about the Ford’s self-proclaimed “Best Motor in the World”.

What struck Green Car Reports (and me as well) as the most alarming failure from Consumer Reports’ testing is the Ford Escape powered by a 2.0 Ecoboost engine. It was slower in a 0-60 mph test by 1.5 seconds, compared to a standard 3.5-liter V-6-engine Toyota RAV4, but here’s the kicker: It achieves the exact same 22 mpg economy.

So why by a small displacement turbo engine if apparently it’s clunkier, slower, and with no economy gain? Beats me.

As always, if you want real power and breathtakingly high economy in one motor, get an electric car instead.

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  • Lucas
    8:58 am on March 26th, 2013 1

    This is the first I’m hearing about this. i’d like to know what conditions Ford tested their cars under. If they lied about the real fuel economy it could be a crime. That being said, as time goes on hybrid engines will become more and more efficient.

  • MIke
    2:30 pm on June 6th, 2013 2

    Unfortuntely it’s not just Ford that’s guilty of this. Even when vehicles are properly tested for emissions the companies are allowed to do certain things to skew numbers in their favor. I’ve read stories of companies taping panel seals, overinflating tires and other small mods that the consumer could technically do themselves. The EPA numbers are presented as “this is what the car gets” not “this is what the car gets if you put every ounce of effort you possibly can into it”. Personally I think they should have to publish the average of several tests with a completely stock car under varied driving conditions. Just my $0.02


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