The 5.0 looks to be a real overachiever, and possibly the best overall engine in the line-up.
It will interesting to see how they respond to basic bolt-ons and LTs, if they are anything like the Mustang the gains are going to be huge!
Thank God Ford gave up on the 3V!
I guess this kinda kills the 5.4L vs 5.0L arguement huh? Many people were worried that the 5.0L wouldn't be a good low end engine because of its above 4K RPM peak Torque. But the proof is in the pudding in this test. The 5.0 can...Outrun the 5.4L and get better fuel econmy while doing it. And it can also drag a 9,000lb trailer like its not even there. Most people I know who own a 5.4L F-150 get nausiated at the idea of dragging a 9,000lb trailer threw the mountains. Sounds like this new 5.0 has enough power on reserve to easily pull the extra weight.
I'm not bashing the 5.4L by any means, I know they are solid and dependable ''At least in my experience'' but they were just getting old is all. They weren't really competitive with the compatiton anymore. But all of the new engine's Ford has introduced is changing that.
Towing mpg sounded good. City/highway did not. I think the ecoboost will beat it on all counts- just gotta wait for it to get here
The unloaded mileage was disappointing, but they didn't say exactly what conditions it was evaluated under (sounds like mostly a city mix with perhaps lots of idling in traffic), nor how it was determined (hand calculated or computer). I'd really like to see some on-highway and off-highway numbers, hand calculated, but those seem tough to come by right now.
I suspect that the EcoBoost will beat it, but I wouldn't expect it to do materially better. The EPA average is only 1 mpg better than the 5.0, with most of the benefit coming on the highway. During my recent test drive of an EcoBoost at my dealer, the live computer display of fuel economy tanked (appeared to be around 10-12mpg) anytime I even gently touched the accelerator, and wasn't as impressive as I had hoped for cruising at around 50 mph on rural roads (low 20s.) My observations did seem to validate the EPA numbers, though.