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Ford sold 45,435 F-150s in April, up 11 percent versus the top-selling truck's April 2010 totals. That's a solid month for truck sales with soaring fuel prices, but the finer sales details show that truck buyers are very mindful of prices at the pump.

Ford announced in its monthly sales totals release that V6-equipped F-150s accounted for 50 percent of retail sales, up considerably from the 40 percent mix in March. The 3.7-liter V6 offers truck buyers 305 horsepower and 23 miles per gallon on the highway, so it's not surprising that some owners are opting for the smaller mill.

But the more popular V6 offering is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which boasts 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Ford says 75 percent of those V6 sales are of the EcoBoost variety, which makes sense, given the fact that the boosted mill accounted for 36 percent of all F-150 sales in April. The EcoBoost F-150 gets up to 22 mpg on the highway, which is still as good as or better than the other pickup trucks on the market.


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      mitytitywhitey
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am one of those 50%, and specifically the 30+% that got the Ecoboost. Torque band is better than any of the Ford V8s I've ever tested. And I had the old 351m/400, Windsor, 4.6, 5.4.... Aside from the price, I just can't see the need for the V8 in this truck anymore. Ford left a lot on the table too, it's not like the Ecoboost can't eventually be tuned up to be better than the 6.2 by a wide margin in all categories.
      e46mike
      • 4 Years Ago
      My Father-in-law just bought Super Crew 4x4 with an Eco-Boost in it and it's a runnin' SOB! It'll run away and hide from my 05 FX4...
      mickaloha
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how the other 50% is split between the 5.0 and the 6.2?
        SheldonRoss
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mickaloha
        I'd guess at least 75% 5.0 That 6.2 is powerful, but man is it thirsty and a pretty penny more.
      JayP
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow- depending on the trim level, the Ecoboost can be a $4400 option over base, $3400 more than the 5.0. I'm surprised that many trucks are sold with a new V6 engine to a traditionally V8 crowd.
      • 4 Years Ago
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        Mike
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL I can tell you don't know much about the Eco Boost motor. As a 2010 Taurus SHO owner I can tell you in stock form the Ecoboost isn't coming close to being maxed out with the stock tune.
        Wheelspin
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll let you find the other tests... but after the dyno shock testing, hauling timber in the place of a heavy equipment unit called a skidder, pulling 2 stock cars at full throttle for 24 hours non stop around a racetrack... they put it head to head with 162,000 miles on it, pulling a 9,000 pound trailer uphill against a brand new 5.3L Chev towing. And it smoked it. It beat the brand new Hemi by 3.2 secs. The brand new Vortec by 42.9 seconds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCQ6Du0fFag&feature=related Chevy fail. Then they ran the same damn engine in the Baja 1000 and finished flawlessly. Then they took it apart: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2011/01/what-the-inside-of-a-torture-tested-ecoboost-v-6-looks-like.html yeah, I think it's gonna hold up just fine there fella.
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 4 Years Ago
        A lot if non-turbo V6 get over 300 hp, so this one is by far not overtuned. I'm quite sure you can tune it to get over 500 hp, but then the lifetime would really start to decrease.
      Hazdaz
      • 4 Years Ago
      If HALF of F150 customers are picking a V6 over an 8, that proves to me that those folks aren't doing a ridiculous amount of hauling or towing. Many of those folks would probably be much better served with a smaller, Ranger-sized pickup (or *GOSH* possibly even something that isn't a truck at all). I hope with the 50% take on the V6, this moves the development of the next-gen F150 to be either smaller, or lighter, or both and possibly jumpstarts the development of a USDM Ranger based off the international model.
        JotaTe
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        The Eco-boost can tow/haul more than the 5.0L V8, has more torque across all ranges and is cheap than the 6.2L...also can tow/haul the same as the 6.2L with more low end torque and better fuel economy. The stat doesn't prove people are not towing, it shows people realize a twiin turbo is the better performer and better buy!
        slap
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        The F150 has a *larger* towing and hauling capacity with the V6 EcoBoost than with the V8. And a F150 with the regular V6 can tow more than a Ranger. And obviously, the F150 can haul bulkier loads than the Ranger.
        SheldonRoss
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Or that the V6 is as capable as older V8s, and people still do use trucks as their meant to. Just because I don't need a V8 does not mean I'm gonna start throwing hay bales in a subaru.
          montoym
          • 4 Years Ago
          @SheldonRoss
          Agreed. These new trucks, even with the V6's have more power than the V8 offerings of full-size pickups built not long ago. Heck, even the last generation Ford F-150 V8's didn't make 300+hp unless you opted for the 5.4L and even then it was 310hp. And yes, I understand that HP isn't the only figure and torque is important in a truck engine, but the fact remains that these new V6's are not exactly boat anchors. That said, it's still telling that the more popular V6 is the higher-powered twin-turbo one, by a margin of 3 to 1 no less. It's the decision I'd make as well, it offers a ton more capability and a lot more power while not giving much of a detriment in fuel economy. The EB 3.5L is rated 1mpg worse than the 3.7L across the board. That's more than acceptable in my eyes. I just think it's just more indicative of the fact that ICE technology is advancing and allowing more powerful engines with smaller displacements. Even the 3.7L V6 can tow over 6,000lbs when properly equipped while the EB 3.5L can tow 11,300lbs when properly equipped. By comparison, the Ranger is capable of towing 5,960lbs when properly equipped as a regular cab, 7ft bed, 4.0L automatic, not exactly the most popular configuration. 4cyl version are limited to just over 2,000lbs.
          Hazdaz
          • 4 Years Ago
          @SheldonRoss
          "...people still do use trucks as their meant to..." LOL Now THAT is one of the funniest things I've read all day. Suburbanite Cowboys getting their shiny trucks dirty or throwing stuff in the bed that might scratch the paint?!? Yeah, keep dreamin. While a large percent of pickups are used and abused like a good truck should, they have also become a symbol for wannabes that like to pretend they know the difference between a hammer drill and a hammer, but usually don't.
      J
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call me crazy but I'm not that impressed by 22mpg highway. I have a 2004 (pre-mds cylinder deactivation) Ram 2500 Quad Cab SLT with the hemi engine, a few performance mods and the truck set on a performance tune, and I average around 19 highway, and occasionally in the low 20's. 21+ was common fare when the truck was stock. I think a lot of the modern fullsize trucks are be right on the heels of this V6's rating and it doesn't convince consumers enough to make the switch to a V6 or the unthinkable, jump brands. If Ford could squeeze an extra 5-6 mpg out of one of these, and push the bar up near 30, I have a feeling the % of sales would sky rocket among the F series and pull from competitors.
        • 4 Years Ago
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          onewayroll
          • 4 Years Ago
          POS V6?????....go back to land of fan boys...your not wanted here.
      Pete Tocci
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats pretty much the best looking pickup on the planet
      Damian Posey
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I was a Ford guy I would choose the 3.7 or the 5.0 over the ecoboost. twin turbos on a gas powered truck just doesn't seem like a truck I would be comfortable with after the warranty expires. You guys really didn't think that the ecoboost torture test would fail during Ford's publicised torture test did you?
        mdm adph
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Damian Posey
        Yeah... ever heard of diesel engines? They're made about the same way, with turbos and direct injection. And they last a long, long time.
      wegner426
      • 4 Years Ago
      I must admit that this is an interesting engine, but there is a lot to go wrong with it and Ford's warranty sucks compared to the competition. Imagine replacing turbos and direct injection components on this after the warranty is up. No thanks.
        montoym
        • 4 Years Ago
        @wegner426
        Doesn't stop people from buying diesel engines in pickups and those have had turbos and high pressure direct injection for years and years.
      Paulsimonmac Macke
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the article and the pictures. Also is this the best fuel economy, for all pickup trucks on the market ? Or just for US made trucks ?
      Stinkyboy
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sharp looking truck.
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