Ford F-150 Fuel Economy Lawsuit Seeks $1.2B

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A law firm called Hagens Berman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Ford over allegedly falsified Ford F-150 fuel economy. The Ford F-150 Fuel Economy lawsuit alleges, like many other similar lawsuits, that Ford knowingly misrepresented the fuel economy numbers for the Ford F-150 truck.

The Ford F-150 Fuel Economy lawsuit claims that Ford overstated the fuel efficiency for the F-150 trucks by 15 percent for highway milage and by 10 percent for city mileage. Assuming the lifetime of the truck is 150,000 miles, the suit alleges that city driving would consume an additional 821 gallons of fuel over the life of the truck adding up to $2,290 in additional fuel costs at the national average of $2.79 per gallon.

The suit alleges that for the 2018 model year, the extra fuel from the misstated highway economy figures would cost owners an additional $2,700 for 968 gallons more fuel than Ford claimed. Hagens Berman says in this Ford F-150 fuel economy lawsuit that totaling just the fuel costs for that one model year adds up to an additional $1.4 billion for city fuel and $1.3 billion for highway fuel consumption.

The lawsuit states that 636,000 trucks sold in 2018 were V6 F-150s and while its fuel economy calculations were based on V6 F-150 sales, there is no reason to believe it misstated the fuel economy on the V6 alone. Ford sold over 1 million 2018 F-150 trucks. The law firm says that Ford is facing a $1.2 billion lawsuit, at a minimum, and that number is likely to increase as other models and model-years are added to the suit. Suits have alleged that the fuel economy numbers for the 2019 Ford Ranger are also misstated.

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Source: Business Wire

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. I can tell you from my own experience, owning F150s in the past, you have to have a very light foot in-order to achieve good mileage, it’s very hard to do when everyone around you drives like they are going to a fire, accelerating from one stop light to another and then sitting there wasting fuel waiting for light to change.
    Maybe the mileage could be better, but motorist’s driving habits are the main reason for poor mileage along with improper tire inflation. I see a lot of vehicles being driven with tires that are under inflated, which creates more drag and wastes more fuel.

  2. I didn’t buy my truck for good gas mileage. I bought it to carry stuff. If I wanted good gas mileage I would have bought a Honda civic. When buying my trucks ( quite a few over the last 50 years) I never consider gas mileage.

  3. I can guarantee that 50% of the driver will get less, the other half better than mileage estimates. Any vehicle. Living at high attitude or sea level will affect MPG. Beside I though the EPA comes up with the numbers from their testing, of not they set the test requirements.

    • EPA does set the test method, but generally leaves it up to the manufacturers to test themselves and report back to the EPA. According to the lawsuit, Ford used fake numbers when doing the tests, thereby giving a flawed/higher result. We’ll see what happens.

  4. Lied to or not,I bought my F150 3.5 Ecoboost because I need a truck occasionally and with that engine it is a rocket. Very capable no matter what I’m doing with it. I paid more attention to how it was equipped than the EPA mileage estimates. I KNEW it was going to be gas hog going in, so as far as being lied too, I couldn’t care less. I mean pickups/ gas mileage, really?? Get hold of reality!

    What we have here are ignorant buyers; I say this because the internet is flooded with info concerning the fuel consumption of these things. One doesn’t have to delve far either. You are responsible for your purchases; if you buy something unaware of what you’re getting into ( we could be talking about refrigerators, TVs, washing machines, ANYTHING actually) then you open yourself up for buyers remorse.
    I guess I’m lucky, my truck gets around 20 mpg in combined driving, better than the 17mpg of the one I traded in.
    Besides all this let us be mindful of the fact that the EPA is a government entity; has anything government been particularly efficient?

    • … if you weren’t looking for fuel economy, why’d you buy an Ecoboost??? Rocket? lol.. hope in my
      Coyote V8 and I can show you lift-off. I’m guessing then if you have mech problems at 37 months,
      you’ll whine like a baby. “they told me 36 months.. but still … whaaaa..”

      • Hope yours came with 3:73s, trust me it needs it! My first 3.5 EB went 140,000 miles taking only normal maintenance. Electric vacuum pump went south, Ford paid for it. Ran great when I traded it in. Sorry, that dog don’t hunt.
        Test drove a 5.0, I hated how slow it was. The 5.0 isn’t exactly a paragon of reliability either you know.
        No thanks, I’ll take 470 ftlbs of torque @ 2700 any day over a banjo humming NA V8. I live at 5600 feet elevation with lots of hills. Sorry, a coyote simply won’t cut the mustard in the mountains.

        • .. guess you’re still working on the confusion you have between hills and mountains. A 6 banger in the mountains going between Dollar Tree stores on a hill is wonderful for you. I get it, you pull a bouncy-house to birthday parties. Save up for the V8 option and those foothills will be even more enjoyable. Trust me. Owning one, I can confirm, is much more engaging than a 4 minute test-drive.

  5. I thought there was a disclaimer in the ads or specs that one may get less MPG!

    Just brings the cost of a new vehicle etc up for everyone if people win !

    Got to drive sensibly and maintain the vehicle. Even using synthetics and regular oil changes helps MPG.

    The weather is another factor and what your carrying or towing.

    • You’re right there is always a disclaimer. Some people are lead footed, some ride around with a thousand pounds of equipment in their bed, some have to climb hills daily and the list goes on.

  6. Lawyers trying to make a living. If it goes to a settlement they’ll get millions, every truck owner will get a $5 gas voucher or an extra $100 on a trade in if you can wait five years.

    I’ve been part of many class action law suits and not by choice, I get letter stating this or that to further proceed. Twice I got cash, $3.50 for something I do not recall and $20 for the “pocket hose”. I had to return the old hose and was sent a form and cost nothing to mail back. I found by accident on line the pocket hose law suit.

  7. are you serious I wouldn’t sue for because they false advertised fuel efficiency I would sue them for putting v4 in the bronco when the v8 is one of the many things that made it a legend

  8. I had a 2014 F 150 FX4, working in Colorado Springs I need to drive to Denver now and then. At 75 mh on Hwy 25 I get almost 23.5 mpg. I thought that was great. I just bought a 2019 FX4 3.5 and made the same drive at the same speed with a lighter truck but only got 22 mpg so I don’t know if it’s because I only have 150 miles on the truck and the motor is not broke in yet. I would like to get a little better than this but not sure what to do at this time.

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