Tuesday, August 30, 2005
With fuel prices soaring, isn't it time for a Diesel Ranger and Explorer?
With gas prices approaching $3 per gallon and the possability that it could go much higher, isn't it time that we started to think about Diesel engines as well as Hybrids? Ford sells Diesel versions of the Ranger overseas and would be wise to consider them for the North American market as well.
The Explorer is a major vehicle for Ford and as it grows larger it grows thirsty. Now available with the Mustang's 300 hp 4.6 L V-8 and the base 4.0 L V-6, the best milage you can expect from an Explorer on the highway is around 25 mpg, even with the V-6. Now imagine if you could achieve 30-35 mpg and still have the power needed to move the beefy wagon.
I read an article on AutoBlog the other day, where two drivers took a Lexus Hybrid SUV and a new Mercedes Diesel ML SUV across country. The Mercedes achieved around 35 mpg.
Just think of all those commuters that drive Honda Civics because of the fuel economy. Now add the reliability of a Diesel engine. And for the tree huggers, there is the option of getting your own Bio-Diesel still and having the ultimate "Green" vehicle.
Hell, all those soccer mom's SUVs smell like french fries anyway from the happy meals.
Maybe a Diesel Focus would sell well against the new VW Diesel models coming our way as well.
Just food for thought.