I am averaging about 19mpg with my 2.7....but it’s winter and mpg goes down with remote starts....summer mpgs are close to 23mpgI have had many trucks in the past, often believing that I need one frequently to justify it. But now I am a realist and recognize that there are many solutions, like borrowing one from family or friends, or renting/ buying a small trailer, or my new favorite, a cheap daily rental from Home Depot. Often, that is when I need the truck, while I am purchasing supplies. And when I do borrow or rent one, I recognize quickly how much I get tired of driving them. Especially the money wasted on gas, as I am always down around 17mpg avg./forums/images/FordInsideNews_2015/smilies/tango_face_grin.png
Yeah, we don't have a need for a truck. Occasionally, we have to transport something that doesn't fit in the MKZ so I use my Audi Q7 for it. The Explorer will be my mother's vehicle. She wants to sit higher in her next vehicle but doesn't want to spend much more than what she's paying on the MKZ right now ($735/month) so I think she will enjoy the ST. The fact that the ST is a bit more fun to drive than her MKZ Hybrid is a nice add-on as well. And as I said, we really like the appearance of the ST. To be honest, I prefer that over the appearance of the Aviators you could get for that money. Only the Black Label models are nicer but they cost waaay more than the ST.
Another issue with trucks is that they don't fit into our garage - and that's a must for us.