Ford’s 2.7 Ecoboost Lands On Wards Auto’s 10 Best Engines List
Making an amazing 121 hp per liter, the Blue Oval’s latest 2.7 Ecoboost is a pint-sized wonder.
Sure, we love a good V8 as much as anybody. But no one can deny that Ford’s lineup of Ecoboost powerplants is anything short of revolutionary. Yet, even among the turbo V6 lineup, the mighty 3.5-liter typically gets all the press. After all, it is the most powerful. That’s a mistake, however, because Ford’s 2.7 Ecoboost is an amazing little feat of engineering in itself. Enough so that it has rightfully been named one of Wards Auto’s 10 Best Engines of 2018.
Honestly, did anyone ever expect such a small displacement motor to not only land in the F-150, but also become the most popular engine option in America’s best-selling pickup? And yet, it is. You can thank an incredible output of 121 hp per liter for that. Altogether, the fact that such a tiny engine can produce 325 hp and (even more impressively) 400 lb-ft of torque is quite the achievement.
As Wards points out, the 2.7 Ecoboost not only matches the torque output of the 5.0-liter V8, but also reaches peak torque at a lower rpm – 2,750 compared to 4,500. It even makes more torque than the 5.3-liter V8 Chevy puts in the Silverado, at nearly half the displacement. And according to Wards, it does all that with a “vibration-free idle” and a “tomb-like quiet” cabin that rivals luxury cars.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Wards tested a 2018 F-150 SuperCrew with the 2.7 Ecoboost back in November, and came away very impressed. Most notably, they found that “never once did this head-snapping 2.7L Ecoboost feel outmatched by the heft of the F-150.” Better yet, they recorded 22 mpg along the way.
All in all, the 2.7 Ecoboost is a mighty little engine that “plays much bigger than it is,” according to Wards editor Bob Gritzinger. Proving once again that Ford engineers are some of the brightest minds in the industry. And as impressive as these new turbo sixes are, it looks like there is a replacement for displacement, after all.