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2018 Ford Explorer 3.5L 6 speed transmission. Not twin turbo model. Our non towing highway mileage is 20. Towing our 3,5oo pound hybrid mileage drops to 11. Our previous tow vehicle, a Kia Sedona, got 14 and had a bigger motor and five speed tranny. Is this all I can expect for mileage? Does'nt help that it has only a 18.5 gallon fuel capacity


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I've got a 13 F150 with the 3.5 EcoBoost (twin turbo version) and I get 20 mpg's with it on flat, straight hwy runs keeping it below 70 mph.

When towing, it drops to around 9-10 mpg at best.

I know you said you don't have the turbos, but that sounds kinda low all around for a smaller, lighter rig as yours compared to my #6000 truck when it's empty.

Maybe those Exploders are heavier than I think they are?

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I have a 13 limited 3.5 N/A. Highest highway mileage I’ve seen was 22. The only towing I have done with it was my 3 place snowmobile trailer so this was winter in single digits, but it was 8! The only time I have towed in warm weather was a 6X12 U haul with a couch in it, I got 12.
My 12 Chrysler 300 with the Hemi gets better mileage than it.


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Small gas motor with the wind resistance of a hybrid, I don't think I"d expect much better. We used to tow a pop up with a Pilot that had a 3.5 and we got 14ish but that was lower and wasn't dragging the wind.

The only tow vehicles that get decent mileage are diesel and decent is relative.


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Thanks guys. It is what it is. Wish it had a larger fuel tank. Happy Trails ya all

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Oasisbob wrote:

Thanks guys. It is what it is. Wish it had a larger fuel tank. Happy Trails ya all


Yeah - I have a 2016 Explorer with the V6. I don't tow with it as it is my daily driver work vehicle. But I can say it has a ridiculously small fuel tank. What was Ford thinking? It's the smallest gas tank I have ever had on an SUV...

As a side note, I wouldn't tow with mine, I think it would kill the transmission, but that's just the way I feel about it. It struggles going up steep hills with no load.

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dodge guy wrote:

I have a 13 limited 3.5 N/A. Highest highway mileage I’ve seen was 22. The only towing I have done with it was my 3 place snowmobile trailer so this was winter in single digits, but it was 8! The only time I have towed in warm weather was a 6X12 U haul with a couch in it, I got 12.
My 12 Chrysler 300 with the Hemi gets better mileage than it.


I would much rather have an engine that burns more fuel vs burns up cams.


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FishOnOne wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I have a 13 limited 3.5 N/A. Highest highway mileage I’ve seen was 22. The only towing I have done with it was my 3 place snowmobile trailer so this was winter in single digits, but it was 8! The only time I have towed in warm weather was a 6X12 U haul with a couch in it, I got 12.
My 12 Chrysler 300 with the Hemi gets better mileage than it.


I would much rather have an engine that burns more fuel vs burns up cams.


What?

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FishOnOne wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I have a 13 limited 3.5 N/A. Highest highway mileage I’ve seen was 22. The only towing I have done with it was my 3 place snowmobile trailer so this was winter in single digits, but it was 8! The only time I have towed in warm weather was a 6X12 U haul with a couch in it, I got 12.
My 12 Chrysler 300 with the Hemi gets better mileage than it.


I would much rather have an engine that burns more fuel vs burns up cams.


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dodge guy wrote:

FishOnOne wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I have a 13 limited 3.5 N/A. Highest highway mileage I’ve seen was 22. The only towing I have done with it was my 3 place snowmobile trailer so this was winter in single digits, but it was 8! The only time I have towed in warm weather was a 6X12 U haul with a couch in it, I got 12.
My 12 Chrysler 300 with the Hemi gets better mileage than it.


I would much rather have an engine that burns more fuel vs burns up cams.


What?


The 3rd generation of Hemi engines are poorly designed and it is hard for the cam lobes and roller lifters to get lubed. If they are idled a lot, little or no oil gets splashed up on the cam. The raised cam shaft position caused the cam lifters do not get enough oil.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTL8QEU2NwE

* This post was edited 06/27/21 07:29am by Me Again *


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