2011 Ford Mustang V-6 With 305 HP Rated At 31 MPG Highway

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Ford's on a roll lately, selling more cars in the U.S. than General Motors last month. And it's vowed to achieve best-in-class fuel economy numbers for every new model it launches.

So the news today that its revised 2011 Ford Mustang with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine has been rated at 19 mpg city, 31 mpg highway by the EPA is a remarkable achievement. That's with the six-speed automatic transmission; if you choose the six-speed manual, you lose 1 mpg on the highway rating.

2011 Ford Mustang V-6 - new Duratec 3.7-liter

2011 Ford Mustang V-6 - new Duratec 3.7-liter

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2011 Mustnag V-6

2011 Mustnag V-6

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What makes it more unusual is that this isn't a tiny, anemic V-6. It's a dual-overhead-cam, all aluminum engine rated at 305 horsepower, a sturdy output by any measure.

Ford proudly boasts that the 2011 Mustang V-6 is the "first production car in history to produce more than 300 horsepower and more than 30 mpg highway highway city."

To get those numbers, Ford tweaked hundreds of different parts of the car. It improved the aerodynamics, added both automatic and manual six-speed transmissions for lower cruising revs, and replaced hydraulic power steering with electric assistance to cut engine load.

Whether drivers will hypermile with all that available power is another question. But Ford's to be commended for cracking the 30-mpg barrier with any Mustang.

The ratings aren't the 2011 Ford Fiesta subcompact's projected 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway rating, but any gasoline saved is a good thing in our book.

And 2011 Mustang buyers clearly like the combination of more power and less fuel used to get it. Ford reports more than 11,000 advance orders for the car, which arrives in dealerships this spring.


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Comments (12)
  1. Would you rather drive a Prius with bad brakes?

  2. It's city mileage that increasingly matters in the real world, not highway.

  3. I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone.
    Jack Brosnan
    Car News

  4. You have a typographical error in the caption of the third photo.

  5. I'm confused, it says 19 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and "Ford proudly boasts that the 2011 Mustang V-6 is the 'first production car in history to produce more than 300 horsepower and more than 30 mpg city.'"
    Well, which is it? 30MPG highway is not impressive. Corvettes were doing 29MPG w/ a V8 last I checked.

  6. I had a 94GT that I modified. I was putting 285HP to the ground on my last dyno runs, before I installed my under-drive pulleys. My car ran low 13s in the quarter mile. I averaged 15MPG city and 29-30MPG hiway, depending on which way I was going. For some reason, leave Seattle I always got better mileage. My personal record was 31.5MPG. I always filled up at Chevron. Run the plus fuel and put a bottle of octane boost in. I set my cruise control at 72MPH. I did this weekly for about 6 months. The stations that I fill up at are all within 6 blocks of the freeways. So it can be done and I pleased that FORD has decided to move back into the #1 position.
    Long live the King!

  7. @Alan Rudolph: You are correct. I mistyped when copying the sentence from Ford's release; they meant, of course, "30 mpg highway". I've fixed it now. Thanks for the catch.

  8. I think it's impossible to hit 31mpg, it's gonna be like 20 mpg at most

  9. A Mustang that goes 31MPG? Sounds almost too good to be true. Nice review though!
    I just got the Fuel Doctor FD-47 which helps me save money at the pump, but this Mustang sounds amazing.
    Keep it up!

  10. Cars are full of technology and gear. A lot of my tech-heavy friends love working on cars as well. I find it relevant. That being said, I love the car and how it looks, just not in blue.

  11. Has anyone been able to prove that the new mpg is what they claim it to be? I've test driven a few at the Ford dealer here in Austin (http://www.covertford.com/) but haven't been able to nail down the mpg. If anyone has this info, get back with a review.
    Austin, Texas

  12. I can't decide which options to go for on the new V6 mustang. I'd like the performance Package with 19" wheels. But I'm wondering if the ride/comfort level on the highway will suffer. Also how much difference in mileage with 19" tires and 3:31 gears.
    Would a compromise be just getting the 3:31 rear-end with 18" wheels. If so what's the trade-off between the two.
    I want the manual transmission, so the fuel economy drops a little to begin with.

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