• Apr 28, 2011
2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost – Click above for high-res image gallery

When gas prices hit $4 per gallon in the past, pickup sales suffered as a result. We have to wait until April sales are released to know how much truck sales have been hurt by the latest spike at the pump, but it's clear that the Ford F-150 is getting a big boost from its turbocharged V6.

Automotive News reports that 36 percent of all F-150s are equipped with the optional EcoBoost V6, which costs between $750 and $1,750 depending on the model. What's more, the EcoBoost model is reportedly accounting for 40 percent of all F-150 orders, and there is currently a scant 13-day supply of the boosted trucks.

Traditionally, full-size truck buyers have been more inclined to opt for larger V8 engines, but the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 appears to have changed some minds. The mill's V8-like 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque means that capability won't be compromised, while fuel economy rises by up to 20 percent. The Environmental Protection Agency gave the boosted F-150 a 16 mile per gallon city rating and a 22 mpg rating in highway driving.

At the same time, Ford claims a maximum tow rating of 11,300 pounds with an EcoBoost-equipped F-150, depending on the model configuration. For comparison's sake, F-150s that come with the 411-hp, 6.2-liter V8 can also tow 11,300 pounds, but fuel economy tops out at only 18 mpg in highway driving.

With the EcoBoost F-150 off to a rousing start, the next big question is whether the boosted V6 has staying power in the event gas prices drop back down to more normal levels. We'll have to wait and see, but with power and capability that matches other trucks in the F-150 lineup and a significant fuel economy savings, we can't see why not.



Photos copyright ©2010 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL and Ford Motor Company

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe seeing truck buyers embrace a less traditional engine will encourage Ford to reconsider diesel.
      jimmyt505
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm quite surprised that truck buyers have taken to the EcoBoost like a ducks to water. I expected a fair bit of "Ain't no dang ol' truck of mine gonna have a V6" but obviously the reception to new (to trucks) technology has been pretty warm. Even the anti-Ford die hards have to admit that the new TT V6 is a legitimate engine in half ton applications. If I were in the market for a truck, it would probably be an F150. The thing is, I honestly couldn't choose between the 3.5L EcoBoost and the 5.0L V8. On the one hand, the TT V6 has the mileage, power, and fuel economy advantage. On the other, the V8 has the sound and longevity advantage. Plus it can be had with a 36 gallon tank, which I would never need but I like the idea of being able to drive for 8 hours without refueling. Of course, there are those who don't mind 12 mpg in town and opt for the 6.2L.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know they made a big splash with the durability test and teardown of an EcoBoost engine, but the real test is going to be how these hold up in the hands of owners.
        Duncan1800
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Yeah, that was my thought. Turbo + Clueless owner = Warranty pain at the dealers. I could be wrong, but I don't think the average car buyer's knowledge about the proper care and feeding of turbochargers has improved much since the mid-1980s.
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      the 5.0 V8 is no slouch...and the base 3.7 isnt bad at all. Most buyers would be fine with the base 3.7
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bobmarley
        You are absolutely right. If you aren't doing that much towing, and no extremely heavy loads then the 3.7 will be perfectly fine.
      Skunkwood
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this is such a good idea for the F series trucks, why isn't it offered in the E series cargo vans? I'd guess that there is more business use of cargo vans than business use of pickups. Ford could save their business customers a lot of money.
      Freightliner
      • 3 Years Ago
      The article says "F-150s that come with the 411-hp, 6.2-liter V8 can also tow 11,300 pounds, but fuel economy tops out at only 18 mpg in city driving." if that is true is is BETTER than the ecoboost? There is a typo somewhere.
        longducdong
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Freightliner
        I believe they meant to say the V8 only gets 18 mpgs HIGHWAY, not city. Me thinks....
        4gasem
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Freightliner
        Agreed! WTF? Highway perhaps... 18 is actually pretty decent IMO... My 5.4 doesn't do that and it's NO WHERE near as powerful. I'd buy the 3.5 EB If I bought one right now. FO SHO!
        SheldonRoss
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Freightliner
        Yeah it should be 18 highway. The F150 6.2 is rated at 13/18
      EvilTollMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hell, maybe they should put an EB 2.0 4banger in place of the 3.7 V6..
      jtav2002
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a little surprised that this many people are opting for this motor. Not that it's a bad thing. Just didn't expect people to warm up so quickly to the idea. Good for Ford though. Hopefully it continues to do well and people continue to view it as a viable alternative to the V8.
      styxmiko
      • 3 Years Ago
      now this is what I call a truck...not that endless pussyfooting what the japanese are doing!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't you ever get bored of sounding like a moron? Must suck to be you having to wake up every morning knowing your only joy in life is coming on the internet and bashing a car company you have an unsubstantiated bias against.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        They didn't make the 5.0 worse, they detuned it for heavy truck use. The EcoBoost really doesn't suck fuel that bad, and it's better than the 5.0 for towing. More torque from a twin-turbo than in a NA V8.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @QAZZY
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        Smooth3D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Was u drop on ya head or something? Your rhetoric is getting old!
        cnashford
        • 3 Years Ago
        I took delivery of my Lariat F-150 with the Ecoboost engine option and 3.55 limited slip rear on March 16th. I pull a 5000 lb landscape trailer with mowers and other assorted tools. So far, I am averaging 16.4 mpg in town and on a trip to Orlando I was very pleased to average 23.4 at 70 mph with the cruise set. At $3.89 per gallon I figure it is saving me around $30.00 per week. At that rate, that will be about 1 1/4 tank of fuel per month. That is big when you do 300 miles per week!
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        Welcome back, Matt.
        Slim
        • 3 Years Ago
        You Jelly?
      Alan Kegel
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to dramatical in crease fuel mpg at hyw miles , most of the pick up truck market is non city markets , you need a hybrid system like my truck , soon i will launch the hottest pu truck in america , 100-mpg yea it is possible/////
        KDAWG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alan Kegel
        Since when were hybrids "highway efficient"? Typically they are completely city based since the ICE is running constantly while on the highway, you don't see any benefit.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @KDAWG
          100MPG in a truck? Ummm, no. Don't argue with this guy. He obviously has NO idea of what he is talking about.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Working at a Ford dealer, I'm shocked the take rate isn't higher. A good 75% of the F150's we sell are EcoBoost. Noone wants the 5.0 when the EcoBoost gets better mileage and makes more power. And you can't give a 6.2 away. And the 6.2's mpg ratings are optimistic. You're going to get more like 15-16mpg on the highway. The EcoBoost really is a great engine. Loads of power, good mileage, and it's a very cheap option. This engine will only grow in popularity.
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