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How to Improve Gas Mileage in a Ford Bronco

by Vanessa Padgalskas; Updated November 07, 2017

The Ford Bronco is a two-door SUV that was produced from 1966 to 1996 and was replaced by the Ford Expedition. All Ford Broncos came with four-wheel drive. The best way to improve fuel economy on a large SUV like the Bronco is to stay up to date on all maintenance checks and to alter your driving style. The Ford Bronco gets 12 miles per gallon in the city and 15 miles per gallon on the highway.

Get an oil change at least every 3,000 miles. Ford has a fuel saver maintenance plan where you can get an oil change with synthetic oil, top off of all fluids, and an inspection of the brake system, tires, air and cabin filter, battery, belts and hoses. Maintaining your Bronco is one of the best ways to improve fuel economy. A dirty air filter and old oil are two problems that can contribute to a decrease in miles per gallon. Click on the link "Ford Fuel Saver Maintenance Coupon" under "References" for a coupon for this maintenance service.

Stay current on all other maintenance. The last Ford Bronco was made in 1996, so most Broncos are due for major repairs, including new spark plugs and fuel injectors. Click on the link "Ford Maintenance Schedule" under "Resources" to find out when your Bronco is due for maintenance. You can either enter the year and model of your Bronco or the VIN number.

Remove extra weight from the Bronco if you do not need it. Extra weight will force the engine to use more power to propel the car.

Check your tire pressure once a month or before long trips. Deflated tires take more power to rotate, so keeping your tires filled to their recommended level will help maintain fuel economy.

Alter your driving style by accelerating slowing and not driving at high speeds. Do not drive over 65 to 70 miles per hour on the freeway, and slowly press on the gas pedal when starting from a stop. Trying to drive as smoothly as possible will help improve your miles per gallon, because the engine does not need to work as hard.

About the Author

Vanessa Padgalskas was born and raised in Spokane, Wash., and currently resides in Portland, Ore. Padgalskas graduated from American University in 2007 with degrees in international studies and economics. She holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

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