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#1 posted 04-26-2012 01:46 PM

Both. I have an F150 4×4 with the super cab (not a crew) in order to provide seating capacity, and hauling capacity. I also have a Saturn SL2 (econo-box) that sips the gas just fine, but does a lousy job of hauling.

If I were more concerned about fuel economy, I would be in the market to trade my F150 in on a SuperDuty Power Stroke Diesel (avoiding the 2002 to 2008 models I believe were the ones with the wonky International designed Ford messed up engines…) Probably grab a lease return ‘10 or ‘11 model… A friend has one with the Banks system on it, a small lift, and 35×12.50s. He is pulling mid 20s on the road between here and Dallas with a cab full of kids, and a travel trailer out back. (They have family up that way, and hate hotels…). If you can afford it, Diesel is a great way to go…

FWIW, when tuned properly (I have a suspension / tire issue I need to fix presently), and I have the econo tune on my truck. My ‘04 F150 5.4L 4×4 Supercab gets 21mpg highway, with a bed full of camping gear, and a cab full of family… My average city is 15. Still not too shabby considering the rubber I run (35×12.50/17 Muds). A 2wd with lower rolling resistance tires would do better. The current F150 with the Eco Boost V6 is reported to be a real winner in the area of Gas Mileage… Factory rated at 23mpg, there are tuners out there that are reporting numbers as high as 32mpg highway… Lower displacement, twin turbos and very carefully computer tuned timing makes all the difference!

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