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Mileage is all over the news these days, and we admit that paying through the nose for fuel is getting old, but the fact remains that a fullsize truck with a V-8 is going to like visiting the pump. That said, Ford has taken multiple steps to increase its overall fleet mileage average by 1.5 mpg. Advances in aerodynamics and weight reduction have helped this. For example, the new-for-2009 F-150 frames use a mixture of hydroformed and fully boxed high-strength steel, resulting in a more rigid backbone by 10 percent over previous F-150s.