Consumer Reports finds small turbo engines don't deliver on fuel economy claims

by Feb 6, 2013All News, Hyundai, Kia, Technical2 comments

The magazine said on Tuesday that its tests showed turbocharged models from Ford, Hyundai and Kia are less efficient than competitors. It also said the turbocharged Chevrolet Cruze got little extra power or fuel economy than a non-turbocharged engine.

The magazine did praise a turbocharged four-cylinder from BMW. Turbochargers pump extra air into engines so more fuel can be added to boost power and car makers charge more for them, promising extra power. Consumer Reports said a new Ford Fusion with an optional 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine was slower and got lower fuel economy than a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Nissan Altima with regular engines.

Ford said it can’t speak for Consumer Reports’ tests, but its surveys show EcoBoost customers are satisfied with their fuel economy. A spokeswoman for General Motors Co. says the Cruze turbocharged engine provides more power and better acceleration when compared with the non-turbocharged engine. She said people who drive with a heavy foot on the accelerator of a turbocharged engine won’t see a lot of gas mileage benefits.


Model Engine 0-60 mph EPA mpg CR mpg
Ford Fusion 1.6L Turbo 4 8.9 28 25
Hyundai Sonata 2.4L Four 8.2 26 27
Kia Optima 2.4L Four 8.6 27 25
Toyota Camry 2.4L Four 8.4 28 27
Honda Accord 2.4L Four 7.7 30 30
Nissan Altima 2.4L Four 8.2 27 31
Ford Fusion 2.0L Turbo 4 7.4 26 22
Hyundai Sonata 2.0L Turbo 4 6.6 26 25
Kia Optima 2.0L Turbo 4 6.6 26 24
Toyota Camry 3.5L V6 6.4 25 26
Honda Accord 3.5L V6 6.3 25 26
Nissan Altima 3.5L V6 6.3 23 24
Chevrolet Cruze 1.4L Turbo 4 9.8 28 26
Chevrolet Cruze 1.8L Four 10.5 27 26
Dodge Dart 1.4L Turbo 4 8.6 31 29
Dodge Dart 2.0L Four 11.0 27 27
Ford Escape 1.6L Turbo 4 9.9 25 22
Honda CR-V 2.4L Four 9.2 25 23
Kia Sportage 2.4L Four 10.3 23 22
Toyota RAV4 2.5L Four (2012) 10.0 24 23
Ford Escape 2.0L Turbo 4 8.2 24 22
Kia Sportage 2.0L Turbo 4 7.1 22 21
Toyota RAV4 3.5L V6 (2012) 6.7 22 22
BMW X3 2.0L Turbo 4 7.3 24 23
BMW X3 3.0L Six 7.2 21 22
Ford F-150 3.5 V6 Turbo 7.7 17 15
Ford F-150 5.0L V8 7.8 16 15

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

2 Comments

  1. Drsso922

    all the 2.0T must be compare to a V6, not the 2.4L-2.5L NA Consumer report is always “nonsense”
    they hate cars!

    Reply
  2. Drsso922

    all the 2.0T must be compare to a V6, not the 2.4L-2.5L NA Consumer report is always “nonsense”
    they hate cars!

    Reply

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