Ford is dropping the "superior fuel economy" label from two-wheel-drive F-150 pickups equipped with the 4.6-liter, three-valve V-8 next year, but keeping the SFE's 15/21 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating.
According to Ford, fuel economy had moved from 10th place to third place among half-ton pickup buyers' top purchasing considerations, so Ford introduced the SFE package for 2009 for its 4x2 XL and XLT F-150.
The SFE F-150 competes directly with General Motors' Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra XFE half-ton pickups. The Ford and GM rigs are rated the same, at 15/21 mpg, but Ford says its SFE F-150 has several notable distinctions compared with the XFE twins. The SFE F-150 tows 500 pounds more, doesn't require a tonneau cover for improved aerodynamics and doesn't require removal of the front chin spoiler if the truck is taken off-road.