The Ford F-150 Wins a Big Pickup Challenge with Its 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6
We know Ford has been evaluating the performance of a diesel engine in an F-150, but one power plant that’s already in the half-ton has already passed a big test. An F-150 with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 was the named the winner of PickupTrucks.com’s Texas Truck Showdown Max MPG challenge.
According to the EPA, in a 4X2 F-150, the truck’s entry-level EcoBoost engine (which features gas-saving Auto Start-Stop technology) is good for 19 city, 26 highway, and 22 combined mpg. PickupTrucks.com‘s evaluation was more demanding. It tested the 2.7-liter-equipped F-150 against the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 5.3-liter V8, the Toyota Tundra with the 4.6-liter V8, and the Ram 1500 with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 in terms of head-to-head mpg while driving, accelerating, and braking, loaded and unloaded. Characteristics such as seating comfort, ergonomics, infotainment, ride quality, visibility, and value also factored into the final results. (Hit this link for the full run-down of tests and outcomes.)
Although the 325-horsepower/375-lb.-ft. Blue Oval didn’t beat the Ram’s fuel economy or range, it came out on top over all. Its 0-60 mph and quarter mile times were particularly strong. Mark Williams, editor of PickupTrucks.com, said, “In the end, we were impressed with the F-150 for its capability, fuel efficiency and composure when pushed hard. For a small V-6 engine, it’s very impressive how well it almost eliminates the typical compromises half-ton customers have become accustomed to.”
F-150 EcoBoost engines as a whole are doing well. Sixty percent of the trucks sold have a 2.7-liter or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine under their hoods.
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