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Benefits of turbocharged engines questioned

DETROIT — Consumer Reports is warning car buyers that turbocharged engines may not deliver the speed or fuel economy they expect.

The magazine said Tuesday that its tests showed turbocharged models from Ford, Hyundai, and Kia are less efficient than competitors. It also said the turbocharged Chevrolet Cruze got little extra power or fuel economy than a ­non-turbocharged engine.

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The magazine did praise a turbocharged four-cylinder engine from BMW.

Turbochargers pump extra air into engines so more fuel can be added to boost power. Carmakers charge more for them, promising extra power.

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Consumer Reports said a new Ford Fusion with an optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine was slower and got lower fuel economy than a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, or Nissan Altima with regular engines.

Ford said its surveys show EcoBoost customers are satisfied with their fuel economy.

A spokeswoman for General Motors Co. says the Cruze turbocharged engine provides more power and better acceleration when compared with the non-turbocharged engine. She said people who drive with a heavy foot on the accelerator of a turbocharged engine will not see a lot of gas mileage benefits.

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