2015 Ford F-150: EcoBoost V6 Still Worth Bragging About
June 10, 2015
There's been some grumbling about our 2015 Ford F-150 not meeting its EPA fuel economy estimates. Less apparent are this powertrain's benefits, namely abundant power and good response. When put in proper perspective, its fuel economy is downright impressive, too.
Step on the throttle in the F-150 and there's immediate and abundant acceleration. Drive this engine without looking at the truck's badges and it's a reasonable facsimile of a V8 in terms of grunt, go and, of course, sound.
In fact, the 325-horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque produced by this six-cylinder makes the old three-valve, 5.4-liter Triton V8's output seem laughable, especially at twice the displacement. That admittedly old engine produced 300 hp and 360 lb-feet of torque in 2008. The four-wheel drive version of that truck came with a four-speed automatic and was rated at 14 mpg combined.
Our truck is rated at 20 mpg combined. I'll say that again: 20 mpg. Those are numbers worth considering when you remember that we're talking about a truck that's only seven years old. I've got children that are older.
After a whole lot of miles behind the wheel — towing and otherwise — I've found the 2.7-liter a pleasant engine to drive. It does what I need a truck to do and then some. How it does it concerns me less.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor