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In an effort to show off just how dominant its engines are in the 2011 F-150, Ford has put together a head-to-head comparison site showing how the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8 stack up against the competition. Start by selecting work or play, and then drag the slider to reflect how much you normally tow or haul.

Surprisingly, you're in EcoBoost V6 territory all the way to 1,900 pounds of hauling and 6,000 pounds of towing. The 3.7-liter still pumps out an impressive 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, and coupled with a claimed 23 mpg highway, things are looking pretty good. According to Ford, the V8 in the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado puts down 315 horses and 338 lb-ft, but only gets 22 mpg.

Blow past the V6's capacities, though, and the F-150 can be armed with the 5.0-liter V8, which outdoes the Silverado 1500 across the board, and according to Ford, still gets very impressive gas mileage. Want to personalize your own comparison? Hit the link to check it out.


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      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, I've sold Fords and currently sell GM's. And I've quite a bit of experience w/ both makers' trucks in every cab, drive, and engine configuration possible. Having said that, the EcoBoost is a truly impressive piece. If for nothing more than Ford having the brass to make it and sell it to the public in a fullsize truck. It's only a $750 option, gets you more or less the same mileage as the 5.0, but w/ quite a bit more power on tap. Those of you arguing it's merit based upon mileage, not sure I agree w/ you. The trucks I drove seemed to be really no more capable than the 5.0 in terms of fule usage. And if there was an advantage, it was minor. And several sources site the EcoBoost as getting WORSE mileage w/ a load. Again, I still think this is a great engine, but the mileage benefits at least seem to be exagerrated. For those complaing about it's durability, only time will tell, true. But it's already been powering the SHO Taurus and MKS, a number of which w/ upped boost and putting down close to 400awhp. No problems that I'm aware of. Not to mention they did extensive testing of this engine before released. Like, run in a Baja tested. And after being torn down, the engine checked out great. I'd wager that the fears of this engine being unreliable are for not, and mostly unfounded. As for it's place in the market segment, I think it's a no-brainer. It's obviously an overwhelmingly popular option, so I think that speaks sufficiently. Do I think the V8 still has it's place?? Absolutely. But Ford took a gamble, and proved alternative engines could be feasible in the full size truck market. Obviously, I think it's a trend that needs to be followed. Dodge will be the first to make a diesel 1500. And GM really needs to come out w/ some impressive options for the next gen Silverado/Sierrra. The current ones are in dire need of improvement. The 4.8 is a dog, and gets horrid mileage. The 4.3 needs to be put out to pasture. The 5.3 is definitely wanting for power. The 6.2 has a next to nil take rate. They were working on a 4.5 diesel for the 1500, but then apparently shelved it. They need to either take it back off the backburner, or use some variant of the 3.6 DI for truck use. The engine was designed for a capacity up to 4.0 and could work nicely as a base engine. Add twin turbos and you'd have essentially the same thing Ford did to get the EcoBoost. The V8's will get their inevitable improvements w/ the debut of the Gen V small block. Smaller displacement, variable timing, and DI should take care of it's problems. Long story short, love it or hate it, it's prolly safe to say the EcoBoost revolutionized the truck market and paved the way for the competition to follow suit. And for those of you who DO hate it, you can still buy a V8, so who cares??
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
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        smilewithme!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        I suggest you or anyone wondering about durrability go look at the glassing of the "cash for clunker's" videos on YouTube. You will notice something that happens over and over and over again. Anything with a V8 hangs on and on and on and on. Anything without a V8 putters out in half the time. TYVM for playing.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @smilewithme!
          uh huh....and how old are the videos you are looking at, is the theme music "Take on Me"???? Eco engine has been out for 3 years now , it was introduced in the SHO...and guess what....its been BULLET PROOF......
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @smilewithme!
          huh... well i wonder how my dad's '97 F150 with a V6 went 250,000 with no problems.. it was then the transmission finally gave out. o.. and did i mention 90% of those miles had 1500 lbs or more in the bed??? asshat....
      foobar222
      • 3 Years Ago
      All these turbo engines. Great for the fuel economy/power recipe, but I have to wonder about their longevity. I'm not hating on any brand here, but I tend to drive vehicles into the ground - I hope these turbos last as long as the rest of the engine, because a multi-thousand dollar repair bill on a 10 year old vehicle will stink!
        mitytitywhitey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @foobar222
        There is little mechanical difference between the actual turbocharger unit on a DI gas engine, and the diesels that power everything from UPS trucks to school buses to tractors and semis that go 600,000 miles before needing a rebuild. The fear of turbocharging by US bloggers is a bit irrational.
          smilewithme!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          Unfortunatly a Diesel is NOT a gas engine. Everyone with a Diesel waits for it to warm up, most people with a gas engine start it and drive. Turbo autos just don't last as long as NA autos. Which would you trust more? A bearing turning 5 billion times over 10 years? Or one turning 500million in 10 years? Man made materials are still only so good.
        Justin Chavarria
        • 3 Years Ago
        @foobar222
        I completely agree. I'm also afraid these small displacement turbo engines wont last as long as their NA counterparts.
      Joe Bo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Ford put the 3.7 liter v6 from the 2011 mustang in the Fusion with a 6 speed manual.
      GearheadGeek
      • 3 Years Ago
      The article isn't right when it says "You're in Ecoobost V6 territory all the way to 1900 pounds of hauling and 6,000 pounds of towing." That's the 3.7l normally-aspirated V6, and they refer to it correctly in the rest of the article. The EcoBoost is rated to the max towing for the platform, 11300 lb.
      mylz
      • 3 Years Ago
      HA sorry Ford you are full of BS. your stupid turbo v6 in a truck is the dumbest idea ever and is only meant for the people who buy a truck that will never use it for what a truck is suppose to be able to do. I will take a silverado thank you very much. oh ya and it will be used. i could buy a 4 year old ford easily for the same price as a older silverado but thats only because ford trucks are junk. I will take the engine that is way more reliable and a truck that doesnt rust out like a toyota tundra frame. Also the companies i have worked for one used chevys and never had issues, one had chevys but switched to ford because they were cheaper and regrets it. the other uses ford and they are always in the shop. its funny because they have 1 chevy truck with 200k miles on it and its the most reliable truck that branch has lol. and those fords only have around 50k on em and they are rusting, the chevy is still in better shape.
        Stuka87
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        Wow, you have apparently never driven the ecoboost V6 before. But judging from the way you wrote your post, I am going to assume you are still a kid. So I will let it slide. But in the real world, anecdotal information such as yours is only worth the person saying it. For the rest of us, hard facts are preferred. And the facts say that GM doesn't have a gas engine lineup that competes with Ford's.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        @ mylz "i could buy a 4 year old ford easily for the same price as a older silverado but thats only because ford trucks are junk. " Riiiiight. Please re-read this a few times, then slap yourself in the forehead.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          if only vote downs WERE a slap on the forehead.....
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        and they are all rusting? STFU.. god you are so full of **** it isn't even funny... if you're going to make **** up, at least make it believable.. fuckin douchebag..
        clquake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        Is that why Ford F Series is the #1 selling vehicle worldwide?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @clquake
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          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @clquake
          @ True voice Yeah, because Silverados and Rams are REALLY expensive.
        EvilTollMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        Dude, shut the **** up!
        Whafrodamus
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        The dumbest idea ever was giving you a keyboard. What companies have you worked for? Goombah and Goombah Construction? Get a real job, and maybe you can one day afford a real car/truck. I might suggest going to school first though and learning how to write. " i could buy a 4 year old ford easily for the same price as a older silverado but thats only because ford trucks are junk." I think most people could buy a 4 year old ford or chevy with their lunch money. I know it's a hard concept to grasp, but we're talking about new cars.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 3 Years Ago
      The hardest working internal combustion engines are turbocharged. Turbos are only necessary when you want power under load. I.E. they are designed specifically for hard-working engines. Diesel boats? Turbocharged. Farm equipment? Turbocharged. Backup power generators weighing 20 tons and could power a whole military base in the event of a power outage? Turbocharged. The truck that brought the food to your grocery store and the gas to your pump? Turbocharged. Locomotives carrying 1000 tons of coal? Turbocharged. Do superchargers go on a lot of hard working equipment? Nope, turbochargers.
        Paul P.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        Actually, for a long time you did see superchargers. Detroit's 71 series diesel was extremely popular in trucks, boats, farm equipment, buses, military equipment, generators, ect and came equipped with a supercharger. Later models had both a supercharger and a turbocharger.
          GearheadGeek
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Paul P.
          Actually the blower in a 2-cycle Detroit Diesel isn't truly operating as a supercharger. It's necessary for the engine to run at all, and that's why they later added turbos for enhanced induction (and power.) In a 2-cycle Detroit, the blower supplies the intake plenum and the intake air pushes into the cylinders when the piston moves down past the intake ports and the exhaust valves open. Also, this technology was used in more than just the 71-series engines, Detoit Diesel had lots of 2-stroke diesel configurations.
        Paul P.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        The only reason I say was, is because the engine can no longer be produced due to emissions. That's not to say there aren't still plenty of them out there still in use. Really, that's the main reason turbos proliferated in diesels. Emissions and horsepower. You can have a diesel without a turbo, but it would be a dog and manufacturers would have a hell of a time trying to get it to pass current emissions standards.
        whofan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        The new Mercury verado outboards are super charged. They are of the v6 variety.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      bottom line, all three brands are EXCELLENT trucks, and we can all argue strngths and weakness;s untill blue in the face, but the consumer cant go wrong. But in all sincerity, when it comes to drivetrains it seems Ford is in the lead, and contrary to some opinions here, they have been embraced by consumers. What could have been veiwed as risky, seems to have worked out fine, so someone has to do something to knock ford of the throne....although I hear there is something pretty dramatic in the next couple of years....
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      With the eco-boost, you get a diesel like engine or should I say diesel like performance. Since diesel fuel cost more I can see why Ford went this option instead of a F-150 with a small turbo diesel. I have also seen people trash the reliability of the new engine, but most fail to see this engine put to the test and it won! Since the engine is only under full stress when hauling or getting ahead of someone, small displacement with turbos always wins the marketing wars. If this wasn't a good idea, then why is GM and Chrysler playing along with their version of a "ecoboost??"
        Randy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Amen! Now if I can get a Ford Superchief with an EcoBoost I'll be happy!
      L1011
      • 3 Years Ago
      I tried to read the headline and even the article, but couldn't get past the BROWN & TAN paint job. YUCK! Seriously Ford?!? Brown and tan? Really?!?
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Engine might be good, but that two-toned brown paint job reeks of late '70s and old candy bars. Yuck.
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        You don't have to buy it in that color...it isn't the Model T after all...
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      old troll, new name
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