2015 Ford F-150 Nearly 2025 CAFE Compliant Today!

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum Review - 2015-07-01 20.06.44

There’s a number that is looming over many automakers move into the future, and that’s 54.5. That’s 54.5 miles per gallon, and it’s a mandated number for automakers to reach by 2025. But there’s WAY more to it than that, and as it turns out, the 2015 Ford F-150 is almost compliant today for that day!

But wait, how can that be? The 2.7L EcoBoost, two-wheel drive pickup truck is only rated at 19 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway, or combined at 22 miles per gallon. That’s a long way from 54.5 mpg. Christopher Grundler, director at the EPA and overseer of this compliance, points out a few things to Ward’s Auto that aren’t widely reported on.

Manufacturers aren’t just graded on that 54.5 mpg rating, but what percentage that particular vehicular footprint increased. To give you an extreme example, it’s a bigger deal to make a 10 mpg vehicle get 15 mpg than a 100 mpg vehicle get 105 mpg.

I recently spoke with a representative from Toyota who confirmed the same thing. He knows his company can’t just bank on the Prius to save them for fuel economy standards, but has to improve their other vehicles as well.

As it turns out, Ford is much closer to meeting the 2025 CAFE standards with the F-150 than we maybe originally thought, considering their trucks today are compliant up to the 2024 standards. Not too shabby!

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

via [Ward’s Auto]

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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