And that was with the six-speed automatic. It seemed like the 4. The twin-turbo V6 is quicker than the V8; that added performance aids merging into traffic, reducing the white-knuckle factor. The biggest news from Ford's freshening of the is the addition of the 3. We are committed to the highest ethics, providing diverse voices, to accuracy, making corrections, and the best standards of automotive journalism.
When the 2009 F-150 won Truck of the Year, the biggest shortcoming was its engines. Regardless of the difference, our two trucks were well matched when it came to capability. . My test F150 was a 4x4, which is said to yield 15mpg around town, 21 on the open road and a combined average of 17mpg. In real-world driving, we got 17. I have heard people question the ability of the EcoBoost to properly cool itself once that intercooler which is mounted low behind the front fascia opening or the radiator get muddy but the EcoBoost never missed a beat and none of the temperature gauges ever crept passed the midpoint.
Hit the jump to check out the official Ford press release. So does the well-crafted interior, which combines black leather captain's chairs, light-hued wood on the dash, and an extremely roomy second row, which would seem to suggest this truck isn't ready for hard work. When we tested the 5. While turbochargers have gotten a lot more reliable over time, there is no denying that the V8 is a simpler engine. The V8 had to work hard on the hills; one long hill on a 65-mph highway required flooring the accelerator pedal to maintain speed. An added benefit is improved driveability and responsiveness across the torque curve.
We also measured fuel economy while towing over a 33-mile mixed driving loop that combined steep hills, rolling two-lane roads, and some highway stretches. How do all of these numbers play out in the real world? As was the case during the on-road testing, the 3. If they can get enough people in them, they will have converts left and right. Ford is quick to point out that the EcoBoost is the most efficient non-hybrid truck on the market, offering 22mpg on the highway and 16 around town but that is in two wheel drive configuration. That all looks great on paper but can the F150 with the EcoBoost V6 really go head to head with the big engines of the class? Towing performance actually rivals that of some turbodiesel heavy-duty ¾-ton trucks.
See for yourself by spotting all of those EcoBoost trucks on the road by their offset front license plate, which allows airflow to the giant intercooler. Independent adjustment of intake and exhaust valve timing allows maximum fuel economy at part-throttle, while delivering optimized power in full-throttle situations. The F-150s did pretty well for a truck, tying the 5. The EcoBoost engine doesn't sound like a V-8, but it certainly pulls like one. In a second word, towing. But as much as we're looking forward to rocking the new 411-horsepower 6.
Our professional team of reporters have many years of experience covering the latest cars, trucks, upcoming new-car launches and car shows. Throughout the tank of 87 octane where I put about 100 miles of towing a two horse trailer around 5,000lbs and hauled 300lbs in the bed around 40 miles, I got 13. Yet, despite what seems initially like shortcomings, has made this engine its franchise player, declaring a V-6 the top-of-the-line engine. Consumers have embraced the EcoBoost technology, with initial trucks sales being stronger than expected. The EcoBoost has 40 more pound-feet of maximum torque at a lower 1,750 rpm. We then clocked 0-60 mph acceleration and 45-65 mph passing times at our track. The bigger story is the mill's promised 420 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm.
By contrast, the EcoBoost was quiet and relaxed, rarely going over 2,500 rpm. But our F-150 tests show that its performance scales up to the heavier pickup and heavier trailers. The true benefit is with torque, where the gain is 40 lb-ft 420 versus the 5. Is the EcoBoost more fuel efficient? Not only that, but offers the EcoBoost in a regular cab model. The computer modeling and system analysis especially have been key. I also happened to find out that the EcoBoost F150 will very easily handle a Nissan Titan in a short sprint…just in case you are looking to buy your next truck to do some drag racing.
Whether you are launching hard from a stoplight or putting the hammer down while cruising on the highway — the 3. The EcoBoost V6 in this application makes 365 horsepower and 420lb-ft of torque — making it the premium engine option for the F150 with the exception of the 6. The EcoBoost engine is more relaxed to drive with better mid-range oomph. This combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection delivers a wealth of low-end torque and maintains it across a broad rpm range, which is key in towing applications. The thermal cycling test, for example, replicated conditions from the Arctic Circle to Death Valley to simulate 10 years of use in the harshest environments.
Impressive stuff, indeed, but we'll only be blown away if the twin-turbo mill can also manage best in-class fuel economy. And, depending on the engine, the transmission was either a four- or six-speed automatic. That is an absolute bargain, and in that truck, 0-60 times would be even faster than in the SuperCrew. But pricing is aggressive: The upgrade from the 5. After some major housecleaning for 2011, there are four new engines: a 3.