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Icon5 Average MPG for standard cab 3.0/auto?

I'm just curious to see if standard cab 3.0's get better mileage then their king cab counterparts with the same engine and automatic transmission. I'm asking because 4-banger Rangers really aren't anything to write home about in the mileage department to begin with and the 3.0's really aren't that much bigger when it's all said and done. Again, I'm just talking about the standard cab 3.0's w/auto.

For reference my new scan gauge in my borrowed 2003 4 cyl auto Ranger shows 22 highway/18 city without A/C on and 20 highway/16 city with it on. If a 3.0can match those numbers, I'd gladly make an upgrade.
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All i can tell you is what i get in my 98 3.0 auto. Loaded with cable guy stuff, i get about 11mpg city and about 14 highway. With it unloaded i can usually knock down 13 city about 17highway.
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I drive approx 76 miles per day round trip on my commute, all country driving no expressway, no city type traffic and I am averaging approx 23 mpg with my 08 3.0 auto.
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18.2mpg after I filled up today, mostly city some highway
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21.5 to 23.5 in average
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So it sounds like 22-23 highway is fairly easy to achieve with the 3.0 automatic then. Thanks for letting me know guys. I'm just considering options for my next purchase right now and always thought that 4-banger Rangers got pretty lackluster mileage for what they are. I'm glad to know this. Thanks again.
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All i can tell you is what i get in my 98 3.0 auto. Loaded with cable guy stuff, i get about 11mpg city and about 14 highway. With it unloaded i can usually knock down 13 city about 17highway.
damn i get getter gas mileage in my 4.0 with 31s 3.73 gears and 270k
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i get 15 mpg on my 2000 3.0 auto 2wd w/ 127000ish miles. is that good or bad?

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my 99 when new was rated at 15 city 19 hwy.
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my 99 3.0 4x4 was gettting 12 city and maybe 16 highway if i was lucky
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I have a 3.0 auto single cab on 35's with 4:56 and I can get about 220 to a tank, probably more but I don't like to go on E. Might be a little more since my odometer is a hair off now though
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I got 19 mpg on this last fill up for in town but that was with some winter warm ups too. I usually get around 21 mpg in town. 4x4 3.0 Auto 5 spd w/4.10s @ 48k miles, all skid plates, step bars, synthetic oil, gibson cat back, JBA headers, and soon to have roller rockers.
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19 City, 22 Highway with 2004 3.0 Single Cab 2WD
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Between 15 & 17. On 31s with 4.10s MPGs suck!

Mixed hwy and city though. But still sucks for no reason.
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I just got my ranger but the first tank i got 14 mpg and the next time i got gas it was about 15 but not a full fill up.
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16 mpg average mostly highway on my 3.0 98 auto 4x4 standard not really to impressed mpg wise
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i get 15 mpg on my 2000 3.0 auto 2wd w/ 127000ish miles. is that good or bad?
It's bad, but that's all I get too. Now I know why Ford stopped making the 3.0!
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It's bad, but that's all I get too. Now I know why Ford stopped making the 3.0!
it has much less to do with the engine than with the gearing and driving style.
my 3.0 supercab I avg 21mpg mixed driving.
the 3.0L engines in these rangers are some of the best v6's ford made, practically bullet proof. regardless of how well you take care of them most of the time they can go for a long time without major breakdowns. its a damn shame they stopped producing this engine, with good gearing I could see this engine easily getting a vehicle 30mpg+ (not in a ranger, but in a car)
actually, the ford Contour Se that uses the same engine (I think) gets 29mpg hwy with a manual.
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2004 manual trans............28 mpg!!!! I love my Ranger Edge! lol
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it has much less to do with the engine than with the gearing and driving style.
my 3.0 supercab I avg 21mpg mixed driving.
the 3.0L engines in these rangers are some of the best v6's ford made, practically bullet proof. regardless of how well you take care of them most of the time they can go for a long time without major breakdowns. its a damn shame they stopped producing this engine, with good gearing I could see this engine easily getting a vehicle 30mpg+ (not in a ranger, but in a car)
actually, the ford Contour Se that uses the same engine (I think) gets 29mpg hwy with a manual.
The mediocre gas mileage in Vulcan-powered Rangers is due to the fact that it is a TRUCK. My 97 Taurus has the Vulcan and even at 160K+ it still gets the EPA rated 20 city - 28 hwy (23 average). the 91-95 which were lighter got 20 city - 30 hwy. And to clarify, the Duratec V6 in the Contour was a 2.5L, the Duratec V6 in the 96+ Taurses was a 3.0L
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So is there a difference in MPG between a reg cab and ext cab? My 99 2wd ext cab 3.0 gets about 19 with a mix of city and hwy and needs a tune up. I also have 3.73s
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i have a 3L 5 speed extd cab and got 18in the winter and 22-25 mpg summer average. half city half country.
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i get 20 with aggressive driving,about22 cruisin but i'm 5 speed haha. and i get 18 easy with a quad in the back... i am shocked about 15mpg!! somethings wrong with that picture...especially on a lighter truck
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although im geared at 4.10....i would imagine it would go down some but not that much with the 3.73's
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I have a "used" 2005 Edge x-cab, 3.0, Auto and 4.10 gears with 42000 miles.
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on low side, I get 15.50 mpg and on high side, I get 20.41 (city/hwy with 40/60 split)
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I am thinking of getting 3+ something gears - I should get better mpg overall.
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