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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Fuel consumption


I have a Ranger Sport 4x4. Is there a difference in fuel consumption between driving in 2x4, compared to driving in 4x4?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 08:19 PM
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Yes, your spinning more drivetrain in 4WD, figure 5MPG difference give or take.
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Yes there is a difference but not 5 mpg. I got almost 20 mpg on my stock 4x4 mixed driving, and saw 28 on a highway trip to calgary. There is not enough difference to warrant a 4X2 IMO

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The window sticker says there is a difference of 4mpg...mines a 4x2 and says 29mpg hwy, the 4x4's say 25mpg hwy. I have made 30mpg on the hwy but only with non-ethanol fuel. The only type of fuel in Southern Ontario that is non-ethanol is Premium. I've tried all fuels but the Shell V-Power 91 octane works the best for my Ranger.
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Definitely. I don't know the exact honest amount but you need to keep in mind that there's no locking hubs or axle disconnect on the Rangers so you're turning the front axle and driveshaft all the time. The only place its not locked in is inside the transfer case, until you engage it into 4wd. 2wd doesn't have the extra couple hundred pounds of front axle, CV shafts, nor transfer case so thats a fuel savings of ~1 mpg right there. No comparison between the two.

You can laugh at the guy who gives you grief for buying a 4wd when he's stuck in sand or snow, simple click of the switch and you drive away while he waits for help. 2wd is lame. LR

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