A few weeks ago, the federal government released its periodic Summary of Fuel Economy Performance, indicating that Ford still officially has middle-of-the-road fuel economy figures according to the federal government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) calculations. But it's actually much better than that, now with four 40-mpg vehicles for the 2011 model year—more than any other full-line automaker, it says, with the likes of these segment leaders:
- 2011 Ford Fiesta - 40-mpg highway with the dual-clutch automatic
- 2011 Ford Mustang - 31-mpg highway with the 305-hp V-6
- 2011 Ford Ranger - 22/27 mpg, the best of any pickup
- 2011 Ford F-150 - best in class mpg for V-6 and V-8 engines
- 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid - best mileage of any SUV
In addition, next year Ford plans to introduce more fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine options to both the F-150 and Edge. The 2012 Ford Focus is also expected to be rated up to 40 mpg.
Passenger cars for 2010 are expected to have a CAFE of 27.5 mpg—as has been required since 1990—while light trucks need to have a CAFE of 23.5 mpg.
Admittedly, CAFE isn't a straightforward measure of fuel economy either. There are a number of CAFE exceptions—including a 1.2 mpg credit for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs).
That said, it's expected that the industry will average 29.2 mpg over model-year 2010, including 33.7 mpg for passenger cars and 25.1 mpg for light trucks; that's well ahead of the federal standard, but in anticipation of tighter standards being phased in, leading up to a 34.1-mpg average in 2016.
To help you take the pulse of where automakers are in their attempts to green their fleets, here are CAFE ranking lists for each category for 2010:
Import Cars (27.5-mpg requirement)
Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) 26.9
Fiat (Ferrari and Maserati) 18.0
Domestic Cars (27.5-mpg requirement)
Light Trucks (23.5-mpg requirement)
Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) 21.5
Land Rover 18.7