How Do You Feel About Ford’s 10-Speed Transmission?
Are more gears a good thing or a potential problem down the road? FTE sounds off on the new 10-speed transmission.
When Ford rolled out its new 10-speed transmission last year, it did so to much fanfare. After all, more gears is a good thing, right? It equals better gas mileage and improved acceleration. And according to Ford, the new 10-speed transmission does all that without annoying you as it constantly changes gears. Which is a problem that these types of automatic transmissions have historically been plagued with.
Despite these benefits, many remain skeptical. Like any other technological advance, they wonder how reliable this complicated piece of machinery will prove to be in the long run. Surely more shifting will lead to more problems, right? Regardless, Ford is all-in with the 10-speed transmission. But that won’t stop FTE members from debating its merits, not by a long shot!
Among them, motomed sounds pretty concerned about it.
“Am I the only one who thinks this is a terrible idea? More shifting and an engine that will likely be designed to make very efficient power over a smaller rpm range to go along with it all sounds bad to me. I understand manufacturers are willing to do almost anything to save a few fractions of an mpg, but it’s gotta stop somewhere.
Maybe I’m just getting old and don’t want change. But it seems like a lot of the things that have changed on vehicles are solely for sake of emissions and mileage. And if I’m being honest, I don’t much care about either. Especially when we’re adding complexity and repair costs for microscopic gains in those areas.”
Spoken like a true old schooler. But in reality, Ford has designed its new 10-speed transmission (with GM…ugh) with closer ratios up top, not necessarily toward the bottom, as cficare points out.
“Yes, but the 10-speed is designed for most of those shifts to occur at higher speeds, and be almost unnoticed by the operator. Supposed to not feel like it’s “hunting.” The F150’s 10-speed is supposed to downshift to a gear which is pretty close to the top gear. Very close gear ratios at the upper end. And the engine remains at a favorable RPM when going uphill. This means more to a gas engine than a high-torque diesel.”
And with the Ecoboost in particular, more gears will actually help a lot, according to unit.
“In this case, more is better. Ford is championing smaller V6 engines with turbos and they don’t have a long, flat torque curve. Keeping the engine rpms in the sweet spot maximizes performance and driver enjoyment. I have not read many complaints about 10 and 11-speed transmissions in any of the reviews I see online. These are electronically controlled transmissions, and many early shifting problems are easily fixed with a new tune. If you have a tuner, you can modify the shift points yourself. GM and Ford are also using the 8 and 10-speed transmissions in V8 cars and trucks – they are the future!”
One of the important takeaways here is to reserve judgement until you’ve actually driven one, of course.
“I have a 2017 F-150 4×4, 3.5 Ecoboost, 10-speed,” says 72GTS. “The combo is a great package. Trans is smooth – it holds gears very well. I drive 50 miles one way to work every day. There’s a good sized hill on the way, and it holds 10th all the way up. No down shifts at all @ 70 mph. I think Ford hit the nail on the head with this trans.”
“Purchased my wife a similar F-150 with the 10-speed transmission,” adds blkout50. “Very happy with the 10-speed. I agree Ford (and GM) did a great job on the 10-speed trans. BTW, trans will skip gears when not needed, so you will not get the excessive shifts that typically cause wear.”
So far, the responses are pretty much in-tune with what we’ve seen everywhere. Folks are understandably skeptical about the new 10-speed transmission. But those that have actually driven F-150s equipped with it have zero complaints. But we still want to know what you think! Do you like the idea of more gears? Would you consider buying one, or will you wait and see how they perform over time? Head over here and chime in with your thoughts!