QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Which F-150 Efficiency Engine – EcoBoost or Diesel?

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Thanks to the recent videos capturing a current generation F-150 test truck that obviously had a diesel engine, it seems more likely than ever that the half ton Ford will be getting a small diesel engine. Ford offers the most fuel efficient gasoline engine with the 2.7L EcoBoost, but the Ram EcoDiesel V6 offers the best overall MPG in the segment – albeit with the expected price hike that comes with a diesel engine.

While FoMoCo is happy to offer the most fuel efficient half ton gas truck, we all know that they surely want to be the top of the half ton class overall, and that is where this diesel F-150 comes into play.

We don’t know anything about the diesel F-150, but we can expect that it will offer slightly better MPG than the Ram EcoDiesel, which has an EPA rating of 21 city, 29 highway and 24 combined. I would expect that the diesel F-150 will beat the Ram in every category (with the help of their new 10-speed automatic transmission), but so it should have numbers in the area of 22 city, 30 highway and 25 combined. Compare those numbers to the 19/26/22 offered by the 2.7L EcoBoost, and you have a far more efficient truck – but it will also have a markup making it far more expensive than the EcoBoost engine.

With that in mind, we come to our Question of the Week.

Would you pay $4,000 more for an F-150 diesel that would offer best-in-class fuel economy, or would you save the money and buy the 2.7L EcoBoost?

Click here to head into the forum to give us your input!

 

Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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