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However, Ford can only officially say that the 2012 Focus attains 40 mpg when equipped with the Super Fuel Economy package and six-speed automatic transmission. Ford is eager to prove that the Focus is more fuel efficient regardless or its options, so the American automaker organized a media drive in Romeo, Michigan.
Ford invited reporters to drive the Elantra at a steady 45 miles per hour around the 2.5-mile track. Then the reporters drove a Focus without the SFE package and lapped the track at the same speed. Conditions were equal for both cars and an engineer sat in the backseat, monitoring the fuel economy. The results showed that the average fuel economy of the Focus was 40.4 mpg and the Elantra achieved 37.8 mpg. This proves that the Focus is more efficient at a steady 45 mph than the Elantra.
[Source: Automotive News]
The 2012 Ford Focus is being eagerly awaited by those looking to buy a car in the C-segment of the market, which includes cars like the Hyundai Elantra and the Chevrolet Cruze. However, if you want to achieve the claimed 40-mpg fuel rating, you’ll have to choose the Focus SE SFE (Super Fuel Economy) model.
While all Elantra’s can achieve 40-mpg, the most efficient Cruze on the market is the Eco model, which can achieve 42-mpg.
The Focus SE SFE does fare well against its main rivals, while the rest of the Focus range is not quite as thrifty to run. Normal Focus models can achieve 38-mpg on the highway and 28-mpg in the city. That is a combined average of just 31-mpg with the automatic version, you’ll lose an extra mile worth of driving per gallon if you opted to buy a manual version.
So while the new Focus might not be the most frugal car in its segment, it’s not bad, and considering its attractive styling, features and models, we are sure it will find plenty of owners.
Ford has made the odd decision to drop its SFE (Super Fuel Economy) badged F-150 pickup truck from its lineup for 2010. Odder still is that while the badge is being eliminated, the truck will still be offered.
The SFE model was created to compete with Chevy’s XFE models. The two-wheel drive, 4.6-liter V8-power Ford pickup gets 15/21 mpg (city/highway).
The SFE package was offered on the 4×2 XL and XLT model F-150s, after an in-depth customer survey revealed that fuel economy went from being the 10th most important criteria when buying a truck, to third.
SFE models get the same fuel-economy as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra XFE models, but do not require a tonneau cover and can tow 500 lbs more. GM’s XFE models also require that you take off the front lip if you drive the truck off-road.
It is not yet known why Ford has decided to drop the badge or if it will offer the SFE package under a different name.