I think this is a good move, especially if it gets rid of the need for all these four cylinder “engines” as standard. I rented a Ford Focus last week and it really was not a bad little car except that 4 cyl cannot get out of its own way, plus revs to close to 3000 rpm before shifting. I had the same experience in a little Jeep that would be a nice little car if it weren’t for the little engine. My V6 G6 rarely goes over 2000 rpm, shifts smooth and has plenty of excess power when wanted, plus doesn’t scream down the road. Thinking 4 cyl, even turbos, are going to cut it here in the US is just crazy.
I’ve rented several Ford Focus’s this past year. At least 5 times. Never had a problem with acceleration. It seemed like a decent car. Not too sure of longevity. It’s one of my go to small cars. That and the Kia Soul. Both of those seem very popular with rental companies.
I’m the kind of person that likes his cars to have ample power ( the smallest engine I’ve ever had in a daily driver was a supercharged 3.8L V6). But for the past decade and a half or so, four cylinders have come a long way. A year or so ago I ended up inheriting two vehicles, one of which was a 2008 Chevy Mailbu with the normally aspirated 2.4L I4, only 12k miles on it. It was perfectly adequate, it wasn’t a rocket or anything, but it moved the car fine. They did offer a V6 with the 2008 Malibu, but I can see why original owner of the car didn’t opt for it. The standard I4 was fine, and while the V6 would’ve no doubt been more powerful, I don’t think the difference would’ve warranted the extra $2500 outlay for it.
The 4 cylinder Accord gets to 60 MPH in 7 seconds these days, the new Miata only takes 6 seconds to get to 60. And if you want low end torque, there are many I4’s with a twin scroll turbo that will torque most larger V6’s. The 2.3L Ecoboost can easily be taken up to around 390 ft/lb of torque with an air filter and a warranty-friendly tune.
With that said, I have V8 Mustang, a V8 F-150 and I6 Triumph. But if I had to commute 50 miles to work every day, I certainly wouldn’t overlook something a like Focus ST or WRX. I have a buddy who has a 2008 Mustang GT, a 1988 Mustang with a 427W, a 2015 V6 Ecoboost F-150 , a 1992 Bronco, and a 1967 Bronco. But he drives a 2012 Focus as his daily. A four cylinder makes alot of sense for alot of people, I’d bet that most cars sold in the U.S. have had four cylinders for some time now.
The only reason those four cylinder jokes are needed is because they sell 700 horsepower cars and monster SUVs and trucks that hardly anyone uses for their actual capabilities on the other end of the spectrum. No one needs 700 horsepower, most people driving around in giant F150s the size of aircraft carriers don’t put anything more than groceries in the bed, and making such things accessible to the masses is just asking for people to die, to say nothing of the ridiculous fuel burn.
If we’d quit being stupid at both ends, we’d be fine. I’m perfectly happy with my 270hp v6 which gets 32mpg on the highway and is plenty fast for daily driving.
Are carmakers going to stop making smaller cars with smaller engines because of this? What would they sell in other parts of the world where fuel efficiency standards remain in force?
The world is bigger than, and has more people than, the US alone.
The automobile industry has gamed the EPA and twisted the CAFE standards into a “biggest is best” mandate while convincing the public that we need all the truck our driveways will support and our monthly budgets can squeeze in. When fuel costs approach $4/gallon again how quickly will the Hilux return to the show rooms and what kind of trade in can be made with an F-150 that is $10,000 under water?
So Ford is going to make the Ranger again to provide a small pick up? Because they were losing market share to others. They are always a few years behind consumer preferences for lots of folks that don’t want a big truck.
I’m still fuming over the closing of the St. Paul Ranger plant though. They took one of Fords historical plants with its own power, glass, etc. capability and they’ll make apartments out of the land. A great study in self-sufficiency and vertical integration and threw it all away.
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I think Ford also shortened the wheel base from the Falcon. Spawned a whole range of pony cars that became quite muscular. I liked the first generation of the Barracuda too even if it was a Valiant with a fastback.
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