4WD Gives F-150 Diesel an On- & Off-Road Workout (Video)

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Four-wheeler magazine tests the Power Stroke F-150 in a variety of settings and shares some interesting numbers about the new truck.

When it comes down to performance, trucks are like sports cars in a way. It’s all about the numbers. Zero to 60 and quarter mile times aren’t as important to a Ford F-150 buyer as they are to a Mustang buyer, but other numbers certainly are. That’s especially the case with the 2018 Ford F-150 with the highly anticipated 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V6.

We’ve known about the baby Power Stroke’s output figures for quite a while. It produces 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque – numbers that trump those generated by the first-generation EcoDiesel offered in the Ram 1500. More importantly, the 3.0 cranks out its peak torque at just 1,750 rpm. Perhaps most importantly, the small diesel enables the F-150 to get up to 30 mpg on the highway despite weighing hundreds of pounds more than the almighty 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

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There are more interesting figures associated with the diesel F-150 than just those, though. In the video above, Youtube channel 4WD Magazine shares some of them with us. It attended the media launch event for the new F-150 variant in Colorado, just like our own Patrick Rall. During the fuel economy challenge part of the drive event, one attendee was able to get more than 40 mpg. However, that was because they were being extremely cautious with their throttle and brake timing and application. After using a SuperCrew 4X4 to tow a 6,000-pound box trailer that fell way below the F-150’s max tow rating of 11,400 pounds, 4WD Magazine got 11.8 mpg. To put that in context, the video host says his Hemi-powered 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 gets the same mileage on the highway without anything in its bed or on its hitch.

To test the new diesel F-150’s off-road chops, 4WD Magazine took a truck with the FX4 suspension package up a 25-degree incline with a 40-foot change in elevation without a problem. Its tires and locking rear differential helped it claw its way to the summit of the muddy trail. The skid plates came in handy, too. Hill Descent Control made easy work of the 30-degree trip down.

4WD Magazine also makes sure to share the diesel F-150’s more practical numbers, saying that it has an estimated design life of 150,000 miles and comes with a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Of course, the Power Stroke V6 also comes at an additional cost relative to other F-150 engines. Compared the 5.0-liter V8, the Power Stroke is a few thousand dollars more expensive. It’s numbers like those that will determine whether or not Ford’s anticipated five percent F-150 diesel take rate will end up being too high or too low.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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