Who Says Trucks Can’t Be Green?

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American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy adds 2017 Ford F-150 to its ‘Greener Choices’ list.

Ford’s F-150 truck is getting major props from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which is no small feat. After all, pickup trucks, especially full-size ones like the Ford F-150, aren’t exactly known for being fuel-efficient. Sure, trucks have come a long way, but comparing the mostly eco-friendly full-size truck to something that’s actually fuel-efficient, like a Toyota Prius, reveals the cavernous difference between the two.

Drivers that want the versatility of a pickup with good fuel efficiency gravitate towards smaller offerings, like a midsize truck. But as Ford points out, when you compare apples to apples – or full-size pickups to other large trucks – the F-150 is green.

The F-150 with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 was the only full-size pickup truck to make the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s list for “Greener Choices.”

The F-150 4X2 with the EcoBoost V6 earned an ACEEE Green Score of 39, putting the truck twelfth overall in the Greener Choices for 2017. ACEEE’s Greener Choices list is compromised of petroleum-fueled cars that are equipped with an automatic transmission.

The 2.7-liter V6 engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft. of torque and is rated to get 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Ford claims those figures are best in class and, thanks to the addition of the truck to the council’s list, the automaker has another bragging right for its F-150.

 

‘Continuous innovation is at the core of Ford’s F-Series success, making it America’s best-selling truck for 40 years.

 

“Continuous innovation is at the core of Ford’s F-Series success, making it America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 35 straight years,” said Ford in a press statement. “As the toughest, smartest and most capable Ford trucks, Ford continues to innovate with a variety of powertrain and fuel saving options, including the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission on a production truck, and standard stop/start technologies to improve fuel economy. It’s why Ford F-150 was also named a three-peat winner of Kelley Blue Book’s ‘Best Buy of the Year’ (for trucks) award, among other accolades.”

Because, you know, being the best-selling pickup in the U.S. isn’t always enough.

Joel Patel contributes to Corvette Forum, Rennlist, Club Lexus, Harley-Davidson Forums, and YotaTech, among other auto sites. Check out his blog Man, Adventure, Wheels.

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