Is an EB right for me?

Is an EB right for me?

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    Is an EB right for me?

    Looking for suggestions. Budget 18-22k, prefer <20k. Currently in a 2008 Mustang GT 5sp 198k mi. We're having our second baby in May (that's my deadline more or less) so I need something with a full backseat (and I'm 6'3" so it needs to be a big backseat). Drive about 20-22k miles/year. I've been looking at some Accords (bc I can get with a manual) but the wife is being rather insistent about something with an auto so she can drive if needed. I plan to get a fishing boat and possibly a popup/small tt in a couple years and figured I'd just get a "beater" truck then but she's got me thinking about getting a truck now bc I'm being a bit of a pedant and really don't want an automatic sedan.

    I was a little meh on the idea of a truck due to MPG hit but then Honda Ridgeline popped up in one of my searches and as it's rated 21mpg on the highway hopefully wouldn't be too big a dip MPG wise (currently 22ish in the Mustang). THEN I saw an EB pop up at a local dealer and that really got me intrigued bc I like the idea of a supercrew + 6.5' bed with similar mpg to the RL and . I'd been looking online at 11-12s but seeing some of the threads here makes me a little leery about them and there's some 13s in my price range in XLT trim, maybe the occasional FX4 if i set search to wide enough distance.


    Last night, a 2.7 2017 XLT 4x4 SCREW 5.5 popped up for 24k but it's got 82k miles. Sounds like it was basically some road warriors truck and miles have gotta be pretty much all highway. It's got tow package & SYNC 3 (so I love the idea of Android Auto access)


    But the 5.5 bed concerns me a little. I don't do tons of hauling (periodically typical lowes/HD stuff-lumber, mulch, pavers, etc) but do have a 15 ft canoe (currently goes on roof of minivan) I'll be messing with some and that extra foot of space would be useful BUT I like the sound of 23 mpg highway over the 21 of an older 3.5

    5.5 vs 6.5 bed?


    Is 18-20 mpg reasonable estimate for a 4x4 SCREW 6.5 w/3,55 gears doing primarily 55-65 on 2-4 lane state highways?


    Thoughts on holding out for a cheaper 2.7 to get a boost in MPG, - big tradeoff being the 5.5 bed?


    The 3.5s I'm looking at seem to be 9500 trailer rating (3.55 SCREW 6.5 4x4 w/tow package)
    2.7 would be 7600 (3.55 SCREW 5.5 4x4 w/tow)
    Both seem adequate from that perspective and should have similar payloads w/the 3.5 being a little higher

    THANKS

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    is your heart set on buying? you could probably get a lease on a brand new truck for around the same payments as a used one...also the MPG difference between the 2 motors isn't drastic, maybe only 2-3 MPG. I average 20-21 or so with my 2018 2.7 and the 10 speed auto. Don't get too caught up in the MPG ratings..

    The Eco motors are great engines BUT its either Eco or Boost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AuD14 View Post

    5.5 vs 6.5 bed?


    Is 18-20 mpg reasonable estimate for a 4x4 SCREW 6.5 w/3,55 gears doing primarily 55-65 on 2-4 lane state highways?


    Thoughts on holding out for a cheaper 2.7 to get a boost in MPG, - big tradeoff being the 5.5 bed?



    I wouldn't worry too much about the rear axle ratio, even towing 9000 lbs with mine which has a 3.31 ratio I have no complaints and I'm not lacking for power.

    Pros and cons of the bed size, my dad has had a 5.5' bed the last 12 years and we work alot together and for the most part you aren't going to haul anything in a 6.5' bed that you couldn't haul in a 5.5' bed. 10' lumber will go in either one laying crossways and hanging over the bed/tailgate corner, 12' lumber really doesn't fit in either of them very well but can bed done with the tailgate up, both will haul 4x8 sheets of plywood, both will hold more firewood than what your payload stickers says you should haul. While I don't care for the 5.5' bed myself I can't say that it would hinder my usage to the extent I would pass up a deal on a truck simply due to the 5.5' bed and I haven't really heard anyone complain too much about the smaller size of a 5.5' bed vs a 6.5' bed.

    Can the Ecoboost get 18-20 mpg rolling down the highway at 55-65 on a 2-4 lane highway? Define your highway, does your highway have a bunch of stops, hills, speed fluctuation, long grades? Like said above you get Eco or Boost. In mine I get the best mpg in that speed range of 55-65, setting the cruise helps more than anything but if there are a bunch of stops/slowdowns and speed ups your mileage goes down. If I get on the kind of highway I can set the cruise for a good 15-20 mile stretch then yes I will get in that range. It is possible to get that kind of mileage if on the highway but my day to day driving drops me down in the 16-17 range, but I have alot of stop and go, barely above 50 mph, idling, several short trips in a weeks time. I frequently tow a trailer, either a 3 horse slant load trailer or a 20' flatbed and neither is conducive to good gas mileage due to loaded weights or wind resistance. This of course brings your overall mileage down quite a bit. For a majority of the drivers out there that don't have a lead foot, tow or have alot of backroad travel then yes it is possible to be in teh 18-20 range of mgp.
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    Food for thought, when i took my truck down to myrtle beach and back in october, my trip average was 22.5 MPG rolling along between 65-75 The killer was I-95 between Richmond and Springfield VA. On the gas off the gas. if i drop it down to 55-60 i can see 24-25 MPG
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    Highways are eastern shore Maryland - overall very flat. Can often go 5-10+ miles without stopping

    I haven't really considered leasing due to my annual mileage, most lease offers I've seen are 12-15k I think and im usually20k+ annually

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    ah ok makes sense...and take it from me, i had a crew cab with the 6.5 foot bed. That extra foot of bed space was nice when i was moving BUT that was it. Parking was a son of a ***** and so was making tight turns. Traded that in on a crew with the 5.5 foot bed. Night and day with turning radius. The 5.5 foot bed for most people will work just fine.

    My best advice. Go drive the trucks. compare and contrast. See which one you like. Also ask to see service records especially on that 2017 2.7
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    Quote Originally Posted by djfllmn View Post
    is your heart set on buying? you could probably get a lease on a brand new truck for around the same payments as a used one...also the MPG difference between the 2 motors isn't drastic, maybe only 2-3 MPG. I average 20-21 or so with my 2018 2.7 and the 10 speed auto. Don't get too caught up in the MPG ratings..

    The Eco motors are great engines BUT its either Eco or Boost.

    I disagree. I get 14MPG in my 3.5 and there are countless others on this forum complaining about similar mileage with the 3.5. There are countless posts about 2.7's getting 20+. That's a HUGE difference, percentage wise.
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    I think if you are looking at a truck, the Ford F-150 is at top for a reason. Search some threads the 2.7l and 10-speed are well reviewed.

    I had a 2011 3.5l (supercrew, 2wd, 3.55, 5.5’) for 7 years. Great truck, but never really towed with it. I would get 16-17 mpg around town, short 5mi commute. I would get 19 mpg on long highway trips 70-75mph. I could get over 20-22 if I’m 60-65 mph range.

    It was very functional as a family vehicle. Easy in out with car seat. Room for adults in back with car seat. The flat floor in the back of a supercrew is great. My “truck” use entailed home projects like lumber / landscaping and never had issues or needs for more. I had a leer topper with rails for Thule rack for my 14-ft kayak.

    I liked the F-150 so much I just got another in October. I upgraded from Lariat to King Ranch, 2wd to 4wd. I haven’t been on a road trip yet, but the lighter truck and 10-spd I’m getting 18 around my same commute.

    I had heard the mid-Atlantic region was a tough market for used vehicles due to last years hurricanes and floods. Maybe expand your search radius to get what you want used. Maybe run numbers on lease deals or some of the Ford 0% financing they were offering on 2018’s.


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    I know what you mean about parking. I have the pleasure of driving a beast of an F-450 (single cab, V10, big box on the back that has a soundbooth in it) at work a day or two a week

    What's been people's impression on the 2.7 6sp vs 10sp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuD14 View Post
    I know what you mean about parking. I have the pleasure of driving a beast of an F-450 (single cab, V10, big box on the back that has a soundbooth in it) at work a day or two a week

    What's been people's impression on the 2.7 6sp vs 10sp?
    the 10 speed really brings the 2.7 into its prime. the 6spd it isn't bad by any means but the 10 speed really opens it up
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