Follow These Rules and Improve Your Fuel Economy (Or Just Buy a Turbocharged 3-Banger)

Ford Fiesta

Fiesta: possible 3-cylinder candidate

Get ready for a turbocharged 3-cylinder!

As part of the race to improve fuel economy across the auto industry, Ford said yesterday it plans to introduce its smallest engine ever by 2013.

The new turbocharged 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be available in small cars globally, though Ford hasn’t let slip which cars those will be (though the Fiesta is probably a safe bet).

The engine will reportedly have the same power output as the Blue Oval’s 1.6-liter, 120-hp 4-cylinder mill but get around 50 mpg on the highway. Sounds to me like a modern take on the old 3-cylinder Suzuki Swifts and Chevy Metros of the 1990s! I love the idea and look forward to driving one.

For those who want to start saving on gas right away, we recommend either buying an old Swift or keeping the car you have and following these tips:

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