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Once solely a utilitarian affair, pickup trucks have become more powerful, more efficient and more comfortable. Beyond their towing and hauling capabilities, they offer heaps of modern technology and luxuries. Some improvements are practical, such as advanced traction control systems and trailer backup assist systems, and some are high-end perks such as leather upholstery and smartphone integration. New engine technologies have pushed power output higher than ever, and new manufacturing approaches have reduced weight and improved handling and ride quality. Of course, functionality and utility remain as important as ever, and basic work trucks still abound in the market. A diversity of body styles and bed lengths can be combined to accommodate any need. Regular-cab, crew-cab and extended-cab bodies can be fitted with short, medium and long beds, then combined with a dizzying number of different powertrains to meet any requirement, whether for work or play.

Once solely a utilitarian affair, pickup trucks have become more powerful, more efficient and more comfortable. Beyond their towing and hauling capabilities, they offer heaps of modern technology and luxuries. Some improvements are practical, such as advanced traction control systems and trailer backup assist systems, and some are high-end perks such as leather upholstery and smartphone integration. New engine technologies have pushed power output higher than ever, and new manufacturing approaches have reduced weight and improved handling and ride quality. Of course, functionality and utility remain as important as ever, and basic work trucks still abound in the market. A diversity of body styles and bed lengths can be combined to accommodate any need. Regular-cab, crew-cab and extended-cab bodies can be fitted with short, medium and long beds, then combined with a dizzying number of different powertrains to meet any requirement, whether for work or play.

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Diesel or Gas? Power Stroke F-150 Faces Off Against Ecoboost

The 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke is the latest half-ton pickup to feature a diesel engine. Fuel economy and towing are the primary attractions, but how does it stack up against its gasoline-fed, EcoBoost-toting stablemate? We took Power Stroke- and EcoBoost-equipped F-150s to the test track to get a better idea of their strengths and weaknesses.

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[Music] I just got back from driving this 2018 Ford f-150 equipped with the new 3 liter power stroke turbo diesel v6 from Denver to Los Angeles and now we're at the test track and we're accompanied by our 2018 Ford f150 2.7 EcoBoost we've had this truck about six months and it's got 10,000 miles on it we've been keeping scrupulous fuel economy data it's rated at 21 miles per gallon combined and 24 on the highway our average is 17 miles per gallon and our best tank isn't even up to the combined number it's 20 point 6 so we're really falling short here well the diesel is slightly better on the window sticker it's 22 miles per gallon combined 25 miles per gallon on the highway on my trip from Denver I got 22 and a half miles per gallon so it's over achieved relative to the commandment number it's a pretty good result right but you know EcoBoost fuel economy is something we've had trouble with in the past and so of others so it's nice to see that the diesel may be doing that a little bit better the only downsides the diesel cost $4,000 more than the 2.7 EcoBoost and it's not available in a low trim levels the way the EcoBoost is right I can get the 2.7 liter EcoBoost all the way down to the XL and the very popular XLT this lariat is the lowest level you can get the Ford Powerstroke diesel in $52,000 kind of like the cheapest crew cab 4x4 diesel you can get the EcoBoost has 325 horsepower and at the track we just tested these trucks in the turbo diesel with it's 250 horsepower is about two seconds slower 260 and almost nine miles per hour slower in the quarter-mile and that has a big impact on towing performance I mean these are not drag racing machines but certainly these numbers that we've generated here do give us a window on what it might be like climbing a grade and you know this truck might struggle a little bit even though it's got a higher tow rate that's true but turbo diesel is a little bit more than ten thousand pounds max towing capacity whereas the two points of EcoBoost is about eight thousand pounds so there's a big difference in power and tow rating but the big unknown that we haven't even scratched the surface of yet is towing fuel economy that's going to be where the turbo diesel should shine but we'll have to test that so stay tuned thanks for watching for more videos about pickups SUVs minivans and sedans check out edmonds and make sure to click Subscribe.

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