2015 Ford Transit Trounces E-Series Fuel Economy
Major Improvements for Base, EcoBoost Engines Over E-Series Equivalents
The trend for better fuel efficiency is affecting every vehicle segment, from entry-level econoboxes, to the largest trucks and commercial vehicles. To showcase the massive improvement in economy in the new Transit line of fullsize vans compared to its Econoline predecessors, Ford announced today the EPA figures for the 2015 Ford Transit short-wheelbase Wagon models equipped with both the base 3.7L V-6 and the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6. Both engines are rated at 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. While those figures may not sound that impressive on their own, they are massive improvements over equivalent E-Series models, which were rated at 13/16 with the 4.6L V-8 and 10/13 with the 6.8L V-10.
Ironically, the 3.2L I-5 Power Stroke diesel, likely the most frugal engine of the bunch, is exempt from EPA ratings because the engine is only available on long-wheelbase models, which are classified as over-8,600 GVWR and are not subject to fuel economy testing. If the diesel was, we suspect it would post numbers in the neighborhood of 16/22.
The closest competitor to the Ford Transit we could find figures for was the 2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 passenger van with the 5.3L Vortec V-8 and four-speed automatic, which is rated at 13 city and 17 highway. Both the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ram ProMaster are in the over-8,600 GVWR class, so no direct equivalents were available for comparison.
In addition to the fuel economy figures, we have slightly revised output figures for the base 3.7L V-6 and the 3.2L Power Stroke. The base engine's output has been revised slightly upward from the initial ratings to 275 hp and 260 lb-ft, and the 3.2L Power Stroke is rated at 185 hp (down slightly from the initial rating of 190) and 350 lb-ft of torque (up 4 lb-ft from the initial rating of 346 lb-ft). The 3.5L EcoBoost's ratings as installed in the Transit of 310 hp and 400 lb-ft remain unchanged.