I think I bought the wrong truck

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I was convinced 6 years ago I needed to trade in my Dakota and get an SUV so we could move my step daughter to and from college comfortable. So, the 1 time we moved her it was great. She just graduated with her Masters, and I still have only moved her 1 time. She always had an apt. anyway, and as most of us may feel, moving blows. My wife wanted an all wheel drive, but not a new car, so she offered to take mine and let me buy a truck. (still can't figure out her end game) I've been quite happy with my purchase, although I read somewhere all the updates I needed to do, mud flaps, leveling kit, side step etc. Now this is not unusual to outfit a new vehicle with essentials. Now comes why I think I may have purchased the wrong truck...

I'm a conservative driver now a days, not OCD about it, but I like getting good gas mileage. I just can't see how I can do it in this truck. I push down on the gas, and the truck MOVES!! I feel like a kid again, and there is no sign of it letting up. Coming home from a BBQ Sunday, I took a dirt road over a mountain to get home. I thought I was driving normal, push on gas, and it MOVES!!! My wife looks over and says " are you trying to make this truck fishtail?" I really wasn't, but it was, and I was loving it. Reminds me of my youth racing down dirt roads, Dukes of Hazzard style. Rocks hitting step bar sounded like someone ringing a dinner bell. I had to hide my joy, but inside smiling from ear to ear.
I read all the posts about more better-faster etc. How about more gas mileage? I'd feel so much better knowing I could have my fun AND get good gas mileage. Only 500 miles, pretty much 400 around town, and I get 18..... Maybe I need to trade in my shoes for a lighter pair.



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I was convinced 6 years ago I needed to trade in my Dakota and get an SUV so we could move my step daughter to and from college comfortable. So, the 1 time we moved her it was great. She just graduated with her Masters, and I still have only moved her 1 time. She always had an apt. anyway, and as most of us may feel, moving blows. My wife wanted an all wheel drive, but not a new car, so she offered to take mine and let me buy a truck. (still can't figure out her end game) I've been quite happy with my purchase, although I read somewhere all the updates I needed to do, mud flaps, leveling kit, side step etc. Now this is not unusual to outfit a new vehicle with essentials. Now comes why I think I may have purchased the wrong truck...

I'm a conservative driver now a days, not OCD about it, but I like getting good gas mileage. I just can't see how I can do it in this truck. I push down on the gas, and the truck MOVES!! I feel like a kid again, and there is no sign of it letting up. Coming home from a BBQ Sunday, I took a dirt road over a mountain to get home. I thought I was driving normal, push on gas, and it MOVES!!! My wife looks over and says " are you trying to make this truck fishtail?" I really wasn't, but it was, and I was loving it. Reminds me of my youth racing down dirt roads, Dukes of Hazzard style. Rocks hitting step bar sounded like someone ringing a dinner bell. I had to hide my joy, but inside smiling from ear to ear.
I read all the posts about more better-faster etc. How about more gas mileage? I'd feel so much better knowing I could have my fun AND get good gas mileage. Only 500 miles, pretty much 400 around town, and I get 18..... Maybe I need to trade in my shoes for a lighter pair.

18 still isn't all that bad......You could get a tune which will give you a little better mpg's but in your case I bet it'll be the opposite. ;) Unfortunately you can't have it both ways. Either enjoy the ride with a lead foot and get more Smiles Per Gallon or trade them in for some granny shoes and get more Miles Per Gallon. lol
 
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18 still isn't all that bad......You could get a tune which will give you a little better mpg's but in your case I bet it'll be the opposite. ;) Unfortunately you can't have it both ways. Either enjoy the ride with a lead foot and get more Smiles Per Gallon or trade them in for some granny shoes and get more Miles Per Gallon. lol
LOL I'm in too deep to turn back now... Unfortunately, the costs of MPG enhancements outweigh the actually cost benefits.
 

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18 still isn't all that bad......You could get a tune which will give you a little better mpg's but in your case I bet it'll be the opposite. ;) Unfortunately you can't have it both ways. Either enjoy the ride with a lead foot and get more Smiles Per Gallon or trade them in for some granny shoes and get more Miles Per Gallon. lol
Exactly. It's an Ecoboost, which means it's either eco OR boost, you can't really have both at the same time, but you can have either at any time. I'm not sure of any other truck out there that would get better mileage with the same speed, power, and "fun". Most trucks have neither eco (they get worse mileage no matter how you drive) or boost (gutless no matter how hard you push the pedal).

If you try hard and really commit to an eco driving style, you can get mid to upper 20s mpg on the highway like I, and a handful of others, do on a regular basis. Heck, my wife and I just went exploring in the national forest yesterday to celebrate the trucks 1 yr anniversary. Dirt, pavement, two-tracks, and washed out roads, we saw it all. And when we got home, we'd done 180 miles, used 1/3 of a tank, and got 26.8mpg. I was taking it easy, but still thrashing it around the gravel corners like I used to in my stick-shift Focus when I was a kid at times too.

In essence you just need to get used to the way this truck works, then you can really dial in your driving style to get what you want from it. 500 miles is nothing. It gets better and both you and the truck learn. Have fun!
 

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That’s one of the best things about this truck. You can get good mpg if you want or you can let her rip!

Two days ago on an empty road I stopped and then mashed the petal to show my copilot what he could do. After getting pushed back into the seats she told me in clear terms she did not enjoy that! I could not wipe the grin off my face! She quickly forgave me for acting 18 instead of 62.
 

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I'm sure your mileage will improve over time. Many on here, including myself, have seen it increase as the truck breaks in a bit. Also, a little youthful mischief can make you feel young again, if only for a few miles at a time.

Continue enjoying it!
 

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That’s one of the best things about this truck. You can get good mpg if you want or you can let her rip!

Two days ago on an empty road I stopped and then mashed the petal to show my copilot what he could do. After getting pushed back into the seats she told me in clear terms she did not enjoy that! I could not wipe the grin off my face! She quickly forgave me for acting 18 instead of 62.

Lol! I did the same with my wife as copilot yesterday. Getting on the highway, I floored it, and she instantly grasped at the grab handle. Only in D mode, and it took off like a jet. Thinking back, I should have put it in S mode. Next time!...
 

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20.2 average, 12k miles after nearly a year, 20 min commute home to office. I'm rarely in the field anymore. I'd consider a next-gen Ranger if they come out with a hybrid. Had a HEMI, kinda still do b/c my son drives my 11 y.o 1500 now. Love to go fast but love saving money more these days!

Still a MOPAR lover at heart and if/when they come out with a smaller truck I will at least drive one.
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Seriously,
If you want unbelievable mileage with your Ranger, you need to forget a few things and learns a few new ones.
I have found that in suburban and local rural driving I can get as high as 28MPG or as low as 15MPG.
Pretty much by choice and technique.
The most effective key to higher mileage takes a little practice.
First , turn on your gear display.
With the truck in drive, start off from a start with a moderate but brisk momentary acceleration, then just lift a little while in first gear. You will have enough momentum at this point to allow the transmission to shift up easily without sensing a demand for speed.
After that watch your gears and let the the truck "have its head".
Maintain moderate speeds and let the truck coast a little when approaching a stop, then brake late.
A little practice can yield amazing and consistent results.
I don't do this often, but when I do, it works.
Still, the most important thing is to practice that off the line technique.
A little practice will produce new habits.

Even light but constant acceleration can cause the ten speed to use every gear and the engine to seek the power to accommodate it.
This truck "wants" to read your mind, and you must learn its language.
 
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I was convinced 6 years ago I needed to trade in my Dakota and get an SUV so we could move my step daughter to and from college comfortable. So, the 1 time we moved her it was great. She just graduated with her Masters, and I still have only moved her 1 time. She always had an apt. anyway, and as most of us may feel, moving blows. My wife wanted an all wheel drive, but not a new car, so she offered to take mine and let me buy a truck. (still can't figure out her end game) I've been quite happy with my purchase, although I read somewhere all the updates I needed to do, mud flaps, leveling kit, side step etc. Now this is not unusual to outfit a new vehicle with essentials. Now comes why I think I may have purchased the wrong truck...

I'm a conservative driver now a days, not OCD about it, but I like getting good gas mileage. I just can't see how I can do it in this truck. I push down on the gas, and the truck MOVES!! I feel like a kid again, and there is no sign of it letting up. Coming home from a BBQ Sunday, I took a dirt road over a mountain to get home. I thought I was driving normal, push on gas, and it MOVES!!! My wife looks over and says " are you trying to make this truck fishtail?" I really wasn't, but it was, and I was loving it. Reminds me of my youth racing down dirt roads, Dukes of Hazzard style. Rocks hitting step bar sounded like someone ringing a dinner bell. I had to hide my joy, but inside smiling from ear to ear.
I read all the posts about more better-faster etc. How about more gas mileage? I'd feel so much better knowing I could have my fun AND get good gas mileage. Only 500 miles, pretty much 400 around town, and I get 18..... Maybe I need to trade in my shoes for a lighter pair.
There will be no having your cake and eating it too I'm afraid. But I can relate closely with your story.
 

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Exactly. It's an Ecoboost, which means it's either eco OR boost, you can't really have both at the same time, but you can have either at any time. I'm not sure of any other truck out there that would get better mileage with the same speed, power, and "fun". Most trucks have neither eco (they get worse mileage no matter how you drive) or boost (gutless no matter how hard you push the pedal).!
Great comment and great observation. It's either Eco or it's Boost. The adult in me would love to drive more Eco, but the kid in me just can't give up on the fabulous Boost. No matter how hard I try, this truck just wants to go and it's hard to hold it back. Like the OP, I too came out of a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck. It was a V-8 and it was neither Eco, nor Boost, but I still loved that truck.... until I drove this Ranger.
 

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Yep, I have 3200 miles/smiles on mine and it is still a treat to drive.

By this same mileage with my 2018 Frontier I already despised just looking at the thing.

Very fun truck to drive.
 








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