Climbing Hills on I64 in WV
The other day I was traveling along I64 in West Virginia. I was loaded with 12 pax plus luggage. The cruise control was set at 73 in a 70 MPH zone. Without touching the accelerator, I started the climb on a 7% grade.
At the top of the 5 mile run (distance not change in elevation) the engine had smoothly downshifted twice and was still running at 63 MPH all without touching the accelerator & cruise control still engaged. I was still passing cars. I am impressed with the overall power of Ford's 'little' I5 diesel with 6 speed transmission, 3.73 limited slip rear end.
My 2003 F350 V10 gasser would have dropped off the cruise control and be huffing and puffing, even empty, on such a climb.
Charles County, Maryland
2015 Transit 350-HD XL Wagon, HR, EL, DRW, 3.2L PS Diesel, 3.73 LS Rear Axle, 15 passenger, Tuxedo Black, Charcoal cloth seats