2015 Ford F-150: Engine Looks Ugly, Performs Well
April 29, 2015
Can't say that I was surprised when I popped the hood on our 2015 Ford F-150. It's ugly under there, all plastic pipes and flimsy covers. Pretty standard stuff on modern engines of any type.
Doesn't really matter much, though, as this new 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 delivers impressive performance where it counts. My fellow editors have already noted that it has plenty of punch for towing, but I'm just as impressed by how refined this engine feels during day-to-day driving.
It has instant throttle response and an incredibly smooth torque curve. In other words, you get immediate power that doesn't trail off. And even if you jump on and off the gas while dicing through traffic, the engine feels strong at almost any engine speed. It's only when you wind it out to redline that it starts to get noticeably winded, which is hardly an issue in a full-size pickup truck.
At this point, I think the only shortcoming of this engine is its lack of efficiency. The EPA says it should deliver 20 mpg in combined driving, but we've been solidly in the 16s up to this point. That's sure to increase as the miles pile up, but I wouldn't bet on it topping 18 mpg anytime soon.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 5,810 miles