Actually, I think you are dead correct in that we should look at the total cost over the time we will own something. Like the capitalist system or not, the pricing mechanism is the most efficient way ever discovered to allocate resources. The only time it falls down is when people don't pay attention to the total cost.I don't know if they will ever get 60MPG pickups, but what I do know is, as we chase these pie-in-the-sky MPG numbers, you can kiss the days of going down to the parts store and buying a battery for $100, a re-manufactured starter for $120, or an alternator for $150. I have never been convinced that the methods and technology they are using to get higher MPG today outweighs the service costs you will incur to fix that vehicle tomorrow. Those who think the start/stop systems will not require more frequent battery and starter replacements are smoking something. And how about those vehicles that use the belt alternator/starter? You think you are going to replace that for $150? GM's list on the unit is $900 and it's a special order.
This all reminds me of the 'energy efficient' stuff we put in our homes these days. When we started to have a problem with our hot water heater I thought I could just go down to the local big box store and get one - I had walked by them many times, they were around $350. Well, come to find out our water heater was a 'power vent' unit that they didn't even stock. I called a few local plumbing supply stores, best price was - $1,200. I won't even tell you the quotes to actually have a plumber do the job.
My point being, all this stuff they are putting in the cars (and in the homes), may result in lower operating costs now, but when this stuff breaks, you may find overall operating costs are far worse than if you had the not-so-efficient model. Maybe that's a good case for leasing. OK, rant off.
I drive a 2019 for work and pretty routinely get 20 mpg. It's a F150 4x4. Much of it is open road driving, frequently with an empty bed but sometimes with tires/pallets or other stuff loading the back down.
What so funny they have had the technology since the 1970's to get about 40 plus miles to the Gallon In 8 cylinder Pick Up trucks But they Have never Implemented it . My Last Nissan Titan Got 20MPG driving local & 22mpg Highway My Nissan Titan XD Gets about 14 Local & 18 On the Highway I would just be Happy with My Old MileageInteresting to look back at this post. The link to the article is dead but I'm guessing it was about then on the drawing board ecoboost engines.
They haven't gotten 60mpg but 30 is definitely on the radar.
Ouch, that doesn’t sound right unless you are carrying a lot of weight in the truck. You are getting what my 2018 Raptor is getting (normally) and I’m pushing around those heavy 35 inch tires. The company I work for has several of the eco boost f150’s and what I’ve been told is they run just north of 20 mpg, unless they tow something or put a lot of weight in the truck. My boss said his goes down to about 9 mpg as soon as he starts towing. That’s about where I end up with the Raptor when I put it into sport mode or Baja mode and reintroduce my foot to the accelerator pedal. But it’s worth it for the smile it puts on my face!I'd be thrilled to get 19 - 20 mpg with mine. I bought a 2019 3.5 EB in Feb, and my average mpg is 17.2, mixed highway/local, and less than 2 hrs of that was towing a 6k dump trailer. I do have the auto S/S turned off, but I had hoped for a lot better than I'm getting. In fact, it's really no better than the 2000 GMC Sierra 5.3 that it replaced.
I drive with a very light foot, and except for that towing I mentoned, I drive either in Eco mode or Normal mode. No intentional "boost" driving. (well,, maybe once, just to check it out).