Ford’s No. 1 selling vehicle, the F-150, hit a milestone last week by selling the millionth half-ton pickup truck equipped with a direct-injection, twin-turbo EcoBoost engine under the hood. Since it was first made available in the 2011 model year, the EcoBoost engine has proven popular due to its ability to generate significant power — meaning horsepower and torque — in a V-6 package. In terms of fuel economy, the EcoBoost engine is competitive with other V-6 engines.
Ford offers two EcoBoost engines for the F-150: a 2.7-liter V-6 combined with a six-speed transmission with standard auto stop-start and the larger 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 (soon to have more horsepower and torque) that will be combined with a new 10-speed transmission later this year. It also will include standard stop-start technology.
When powering a two-wheel-drive F-150, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 has an EPA fuel economy rating of 18/24/21 mpg city/highway/combined. The current-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost with two-wheel drive has an EPA rating of 16/22/18 mpg. Both EcoBoost engines were rated with the six-speed automatic transmission.
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