Ford Introduces Three New Light-Duty Engines for 2011 F-150 Pickup Trucks

Ford Introduces Three New Light-Duty Engines for 2011 F-150 Pickup Trucks

The best-selling half-ton truck in the country is getting an all-new engine lineup for 2011. Ford is replacing its legacy two-valve and three-valve 4.6-liter V-8 twins and the venerable three-valve 5.4-liter V-8 in the F-150 with technically advanced six- and eight-cylinder engines that Ford says will be the most fuel-efficient in the industry. The truck maker is also shifting exclusively to six-speed automatic transmissions for every powertrain.

3.7-liter V-6

Six-cylinder engines are the unloved stepchildren of the half-ton segment. These entry-level mills have significantly less power and are only marginally more fuel efficient than most available eight-cylinder engines, making them an unpopular choice to power a full-size truck.

Ford dropped its old 4.2-liter V-6 from the F-150 lineup after 2008 – offering only V-8 engines – because even its two-valve 4.6-liter V-8 with a four-speed automatic was less thirsty yet delivered more power.

But for 2011, V-6 is no longer a dirty word when it comes to full-size pickups.

3.7-liter V-6

Ford’s all-new Duratec 3.7-liter V-6 is the new base engine for the F-150. It’s rated at 300 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque on regular unleaded fuel, though it will also burn E85 ethanol. It debuted earlier this year in the 2011 Ford Mustang, where it’s rated at 305 hp and 280 pounds-feet of torque. It’s also shared with the Ford Edge crossover.

Fleet owners are most likely to be its customers, looking for a low-cost capable pickup. Ford Ranger buyers are another potential target for the 3.7-liter V-6, when production of Ford’s compact pickup ends in 2011. Ford also says it will be the most fuel-efficient engine in the segment.

The dual-overhead-cam, all-aluminum, 60-degree V-6 is stuffed with technology. Starting with composite upper and lower intake manifolds to feed air to the engine, the engine’s heads have four valves per cylinder (two intake, two exhaust) that are combined with twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT in Ford speak. Ti-VCT varies valve actuation throughout the power band so there’s improved torque at the low end, cleaner emissions and better fuel economy throughout the rpm range. Bucket tappets that actuate the valves are low-friction and designed to boost mileage further.

The 3.7-liter V-6 also features a die-cast aluminum deep-sump oil pan that helps the engine go up to 10,000 miles between oil changes. The high use of aluminum throughout the engine saves weight and further improves fuel economy.

3.7-liter V-6

With all of this power, maximum trailer towing with the 3.7-liter V-6 is up to 6,100 pounds. That’s more than the maximum 5,760 pounds for today’s Ranger.

The 3.7-liter V-6 will be available for all cab configurations, up to a two-wheel-drive SuperCrew – the only V-6 full-size pickup with a crew cab.

Which F-150 Models Get It? XL, STX, XLT

Availability? Fourth quarter of 2010

3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6

3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6

Ford isn’t bringing back just one V-6 for 2011. It’s offering two. However, the second six-cylinder engine has about as much in common with the first as Jaws does with Flipper. And this is one six-cylinder with lots of teeth.

As originally announced in 2009, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 will be the first application of Ford’s gasoline direct-injection twin-turbo technology in a half-ton pickup. It’s Ford’s effort to shrink engine displacement for improved fuel economy while delivering tons of low-end power.

How much power? Ford is still coy, but we estimate the 3.5 will be about 400 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque, enough to give it best-in-class towing and highway fuel economy. Ford says it will be able to pull up to 11,300 pounds, which is today’s maximum towing rating for the F-150. That’s amazing when you imagine its displacement is smaller than a pair of 2-liter bottles of Coke.

EcoBoost V-6 performance is said to be diesel-like, with peak torque coming on early in the power band and staying flat throughout the rev range.

3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6

The twin-turbo setup should also prove ideal for towing at altitude, where a naturally aspirated engine can have difficulty feeding air to its cylinders.

In the engine lineup, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 6.2-liter V-8 will occupy the top two slots. Ford hasn’t said how much it will cost. It may carry a premium over the 6.2.

Official fuel economy and power figures will be revealed during the State Fair of Texas in September. We’ll be there to bring you initial driving impressions, too.

Which F-150 Models Get It? All except for Harley-Davidson and SVT Raptor

Availability? First quarter of 2011

5.0-liter V-8

5.0-liter V-8

The 3.7-liter V-6 isn’t the only engine that the F-150 will share with the Mustang. It’s also getting the all-new 5.0-liter “Coyote” V-8.

The engine, which makes 360 hp (at 5,500 rpm) and 380 pounds-feet of torque (at 4,250 rpm), is positioned as the midrange engine choice for the F-150, below the 3.5-liter V-6 and conventional large-displacement 6.2-liter V-8.

Although the 5.0 produces more power than the outgoing 5.4-liter V-8, it won’t carry as high a tow rating. Its maximum will be only 9,800 pounds trailering, instead of 11,300 pounds. Peak torque has also moved up the rpm band, from a low 3,500 rpm in the 5.4-liter V-8.

“It’s positioned as an entry-level V-8,” said Mike Harrison, Ford V-8 engine programs manager. “It’s one step up from the 3.7-liter V-6. It’s really replacing the [discontinued 2010] three-valve 4.6-liter V-8.”

The F-150’s 5.0 benefits from some of the work done on the Mustang’s 5.0, which was engineered with the goal of being able to add a supercharger at a later date to boost performance, Harrison said.

“We put a forged crank and good rods in [the Mustang’s 412 hp, 390 pounds-feet 5.0 V-8],” Harrison said. “The head bolts are upsized. The main bearing bolts are upsized. That then lends itself for a very robust truck application.”

5.0-liter V-8

The 5.0 also uses Ti-VCT to continually optimize power and fuel economy during two cam timing schedules – one for performance and one for mileage. It’s also E85 ethanol capable, which gives it increased power figures (and lower fuel economy), though Ford won’t say by how much.

There are some physical changes, too. The exhaust headers for both engines are different from each other for extra durability in the F-150. Instead of the Mustang’s unique tubular stainless-steel exhaust headers, the F-150 uses thermally tougher conventional cast-iron exhaust manifolds that give it a small loss in low-speed torque and performance, which has to recovered to improve the driving experience and meet long-duration high temperature work demands – such as during cross-country towing. To do that, Harrison’s team shrank the duration of the intake cam duration from 260 degrees to 240 degrees, dropped the compression ratio from 11:1 to 10.5:1 and advanced spark timing for extra low-speed torque. The changes also help F-150 owners run their 5.0 V-8 with regular unleaded instead of super unleaded for optimal performance in the Mustang.

The F-150 5.0 also gets a heavy-duty oil cooler that's not shared with the Mustang.

Which F-150 Models Get It? All except Harley-Davidson and SVT Raptor

Availability? Fourth quarter of 2010

6.2-liter V-8

6.2-liter V-8

The single-overhead cam 6.2-liter V-8 that debuted in the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is rated at a brawny 411 horsepower and 434 pounds-feet of torque. But compared to the other engines for 2011, it’s a bit of a throwback. It has two valves and two spark plugs per cylinder, a cast-iron engine block and aluminum cylinder heads. It also features a cast-iron crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods and cast-aluminum pistons. "Powered by Ford" is proudly embossed on the valve covers.

Since it only has a single cam per cylinder bank, instead of Ti-VCT, the 6.2 uses dual-equal variable cam timing, where the intake and exhaust valve opening and closings are phased at the same time.

We expect that in the next two to three years Ford will revise the 6.2 with new heads, four-valves per cylinder, direct injection and Ti-VCT for improved mileage and power.

For now, this engine is a brute force power lifter that’s rated to tow up to 11,300 pounds (depending on model), the same as the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6.

Which F-150 Models Get It? Harley-Davidson, SVT Raptor and Platinum and Lariat with Max Trailering Packages

Availability? Now

2011 Ford F-150 Engine Chart

Six-Speed Automatic Transmission

Every engine for 2011 will be paired with the F-150’s existing 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission, but Ford has improved the gearbox as well, with features inherited from the 2011 F-Series Super Duty HD pickups.

Progressive Range Select allows a driver to reduce the number of available gears so it’s easier to tow up a grade and hold a specific top gear without worrying about the truck upshifting and getting bogged down in a higher gear.

There’s also a manual shift function, which lets a driver operate the truck like it had a manual transmission. The driver can shift whenever needed, as long as it doesn’t over-rev the engine.

The transmission also receives new ratios so it can operate with a lower final drive ratio for improved highway mileage – we’re waiting for the final ratios from Ford and word about rear axle changes – tow/haul mode has been re-calibrated for improved grade-shifting during descents and there’s also a new one-way clutch for smoother 1-2 and 2-1 shifts between the first two cogs.

Which F-150 Models Get It? All 2011 models. No more four-speeds.

Availability? Fourth quarter of 2010


@ mike why does the f250 6.2 only get 385 and the f150 get the 411 hp. is that a marketing thing so they dont have a 400 hp gas against a 400 hp diesel. these are some great sounding numbers for the f150

@bobsled80: Power diff between F-150 and Super Duty is because different weight ratings of trucks require different power certs. One is engine dyno, other is chassis dyno.

What use is Ford going to have for the estimated 400.000 4.4-litre diesel V8s that will be produced at gthe same Chihuahua-plant that the 6.7 litre Scorpion comes from?

If you need to tow I would buy an F250 XLT Super Duty with the 6.2 L. It will most likely be cheaper than a Lariat F150 with max tow package and 6.2 L and handle the job better. I'm ready to jump into the 21 st century an try one of those EB engines in an F150. If it has a flat torque curve like a diesel then it may be the best towing choice.

@mike levine:
is there any talk at all about bringing back the lightning or anything of that nature? imagine the 5.0 with a supercharger or even better yet the 6.2 with a supercharger... ah how i miss it....

@Jonathan: I'm on the lookout for a 6.2-L V-8 reg cab, like the SEMA truck we saw last year. But that's just me. ;-)

@Wlle sorry for getting your panties in a bunch but damn I was only kidding. Not trying to start an argument - arguments on here are stupid and pointless. I don't just concentrate on the power numbers, but even you have to admit (maybe not with the newest Ram) but in general the Ram is well known for its terrible fuel mileage. Most times they don't even get close to their posted EPA limit. Overall I don't have much against the Ram but it will be as it always has been a niche truck for a select few loyalist who continue to drive them. Does that make it a bad truck, no but when they have a more stable all around truck like Ford or GM then it might be a great truck.

@mike levine:
exactly get like an stx reg. cab put some nice rims huge back tires and the 6.2.... and i mean a few extra HP's wont hurt so have the supercharger optional... lol

@Jonathan I think Ford is taking a wait and see approach. After 2 or 3 years the new 6.2 will get new heads and Ti-VCT and a nice bump up in HP then the 5.0 will be uprated to what the HP should already be at which is around 400+. I agree with Mike that the 5.0 seems to be detuned so it will stay out of the way of the current king the 6.2L But keep in mind the 5.0 is already set up for a supercharger more or less. At least thats how I read the story.

I'm with moparman.
Call me a traditionalist, but I was hoping for a new v8 similar to the outgoing 5.4 The new 5.0 isn't big enough, the 6.2 is too big and not comfortable with the EB yet.
It does sound like FORD is heading in the right direction with their engines.
GM needs to get to work on their upgrades on the vortecs

@shawn yeah when i read that about the supercharger i instantly thought lightning lol

@ mike, thanks any time frame on a drive test for these new motors

Does this report of the F-150 not getting an all new model until the 2015 or 2016 model year make any sense to you? Originally you said there would be an all new F-150 in or about 2012. Then you said if not 2012, 2013. Where are they getting this 2015/2016 info from?

"Ford will redesign the F-150 for the 2015 or 2016 model year and switch it to a new platform, which it calls P552."

To put things in perspective about the 5.0 and those who are dissapointed, it is, as the article states, intended as a midlevel replacement for the 4.6L, I'd say that is quite a jump in performance....292/320 to 360/380, that also trumps every truck in the industries current midlevel or base V-8 offering, plus instead of 2 engine options there is now 4, widening their customer base that much further. Looks like a win for anyones needs, unless your a diehard diesel in a half ton fan.

@jason - while you may be very knowledgeable on tundra, you're not fully informed of what's involved in a max tow rating and you have no proof that the advertised numbers are wrong. The max tow ratings are based on a lot more than engine power. While engine power can be a limiting factor there's a lot more involved with setting a max tow limit - such as cooling, brakes, payload, chassis, GCWR, etc. etc Any one of these can be the limiting factor. While the new 6.2L has more power than the 5.4L it doesn't necessarily mean that it should have a higher max tow rating. There's other limiting factors such as those I mentioned. Regarding the 5.0L it has less low end torque than the 5.4L and it doesn't have the max trailer tow pkg parts available such as cooling. At 9,800 lbs max towing the 5.0L still gets the job done for a base V8. The competitions base V8's can't compete.

This VVT stuff is a maintenance nightmare.New GMs are having mega problems with their V6s with the VVT and oil sludging.Have oil pressure drop on a Hyundai with V6/VVT and the first thing to go is the valve train with all those lovely cam timing gears/motors.To the tune of $6K.I forsee massive maintenance issues once these get some miles on them,and some neglect from construction companies/fleets.This will sadly take Ford's long lasting "tough" reputation down the hill.As everyone soon will use VVT (Chrysler's new Pentastar V6 has it),the problems are coming.Long live the old pushrod V6s and V8s......

Just wanted to clarify for people that were wondering why the 5.0L is reduced in towing capacity over the 5.4L:

Ford traditionally uses two block sizes for their modular engines. The previous 4.6L was the short deck block, built to be compact and free-revving. The 5.4L was built on a tall deck block, larger and heavier, but more stout with a longer stroke for better torque characteristics.

The new V8's still follow that principle. The 5.0L is built on the smaller block design, while the 6.2L is built on a larger block design. The 6.2L block is actually roughly the same size as the 5.4L; while the 5.0L block is roughly the same size as the 4.6L.

While the 5.0L has more power than the 5.4L, it lacks the longer stroke and beefier block of the 5.4L, meaning the torque characteristics and potentially durability characteristic aren't as ideal for a truck application. Basically, expect an engine that requires one to wind it out a bit to really get the power, like Gm's 5.3L V8 vs Ford's 5.4L torquer.

This is the first reason why it's not going to carry the same towing rating as the 5.4L, at least not right away. People that would expect it to tow better than the 5.4L would probably be dissapointed with its performance when pressed into service moving an 11,000+ lb load. An oversimplified explanation is basically that the 5.0L was built to perform best in a car application and was adapted for truck use, while the 5.4L was a truck engine adapted for use in a car.

The second big reason is the ecoboost...Ford wants to push that engine. The problem is the stigma the V6 engines have as being weak and under-performing. If they present the ecoboost as more powerful and better at towing than the 5.0L V8, it might get some people to consider the ecoboost that previously would have only considered the V8 models. Especially if the fuel mileage is better.

The 6.2L, on the other hand, should (and does) absolutely destroy the 5.4L in every way. That will be a beast unto itself. The 6.2L is rated at 434ft-lbs tq @ 4500rpm, while the 5.4L is rated at 365 @ 3500rpm. You might say, hey, the RPM is lower on the 5.4L....but it's really not. At 3500rpm the 6.2L will still be making more torque than the 5.4L , but it has a better bore to stroke ratio, so it will also be able to rev a bit better and make significantly more torque over all. All without a significant fuel mileage penalty.

I would love to see the numbers the 6.2L makes when run on E85, as I have no doubt it picks up a significant amount of HP and TQ. The other awesome thing to consider about the 6.2L is it's a 2v SOHC engine. If they want more power they could make a 4v DOHC version like the 5.0L. The 6.2L also has the room to grow to at least 7 Liters if need be. We're only seeing the beginning of what that engine is capable of and that has me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Basically, if you want to draw a comparison as to which new engine replaces which former engine, it goes:

3.7L V6>4.6L 2v v8
5.0L v8>4.6L 3v v8
3.5Lt v6>5.4L v8
6.2L v8> s/c 5.4L v8

Looks like some people won't be happy till they have 1000HP, 100mpg and can pull 100,000lbs and 0-60 in 1 second. But for those among us who are realistic in their expectations, these engines sound very promising.

wow big still a ford,nothing have the same engine for years about time ,for new engine...

Is the redline still at 7,000 on the 5.0? I think it's time the F-150 was fitted with flappy paddle shifters on the steering wheel! :)

Come on GM, lets see that 4.5L Duramax PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can't wait to see Bob's and the rest of the GM faithfuls response to finding out that now there is absolutely not one way chevy is better than ford. Any of these engines would walk all over its GM or dodge counterpart. Ford is now literally at the top of the domestic automotive industry looking down and laughing upon all others. Government Motors i mean GM and Fiat i mean import i mean Ram have no response to ford. the only thing that we will see is some bogus hp increase in gmc denali only 403 horsepower 6.2 liter engine, just like they did with their v6 camaro in response to finding out that the mustang is faster than the 2011 camaro. i guarantee GM will come out with some crap oh we have underrated our 6.2 for years and it actually makes 412 horsepower and 435 ft lbs of torque. Ford wins hands down in any category, so dont even think about bringing that onstart bullcrap into this conversation. Hey Bob, guess what...let it be written, let it be done, ford is now tops is horspower in each level engine: base v6, midlevel v8s, premium v8s, towing, payload, fuel economy, trucks sold yearly, monthly, best selling automobile in the u.s., ect ect and Ford just answered chevys own tag line...may the best car of truck win...haha looks like ford just backed it up and reaffirmed their position on top!!!! ford wins, as usual

@fordman101 I like how you think sir! LMAO

I'm not disappointed with the new engines Ford is bringing to market, not one bit. I would love to have a XLT with the 5.0 any day.

The best just keeps getting better.I hope every obama vehicle chokes on the exhaust fumes of every ford on the road.Smaller engines with more power and better mileage nothing more to say but GO BLUE OVAL!!!!!!!

CHEVY HASN'T DONE ANYTHING NEW!!!! when they do they'll get articles..... this site isn't biased ford is just doing WAY more then chevy so stop crying chevy cheerleaders, i'm tired of yall.

So awesome these engines Ford will always be number 1 in my books !!! Ford is the best of the best

@ Paul on the VVT...

Only seen 1 3.6 V6 with the timing chain stretch. You know what I think the problem is? Over extended oil changes. Going 8-14k on DINO oil because your car's computer said you have oil life. They are just cycling through the same oil, running at high and low rpms. It can only be cleaned for so long. Also, all additives will just break right down over a long interval. I feel that is what could be causing any issues with the motors.

On the new F-150 motors...

I am sorry, but the truck is still very heavy. The 3.7 I feel would be a dog, especially in bigger configurations. The 5.4 and 4.6 are already weak for the truck in the first place. The 5.0 should do the job better, but the lack of the 6.2 in atleast XLT will dissapoint.

No diesel? No Manual tranny? Not interested.

Cant' wait to see the tow rating tables on these new engines.
The 5.0 L rating of 9,800 lb is in line with the 4.6 3V and 5.4 3V.
A 4.6 3V with 3.73 rear is 9,300.
A 5.4 with 3.55 rear is 9,500.
The 5.4 max tow package comes with 3.73's at 11,300 lb.
I don't think the 5.4 tow capacity is "over rated".
I like the sounds of the 5.0 L engine.
Good to see that Ford is running 6 speed tranny's across the board.
good news for Ford guys and truck guys. Bad news for rival fanboi's.

I like what I see. I also cannot wait to see what the competition brings out and who know maybe we will have another power war like the Heavy Duty counterparts are having. Either way the next couple of years will be interesting and provide a lot of nice choices.

I congratulate Ford on the new engines.

Eco-boost inline 6 in five years? I'm dreamin'. The whole 5.0 in a F150 is bringing me back to a teen! I will be getting another truck! What about bed size? Crew cab with 8' bed!

Bout damn time Ford has a decent V8... Its only been 10 years...

Im still not even that impressed... 5.0 with only 360 HP? weak...

@mark: Now that these powertrains have arrived -- I think our sources did a great job getting us info on them! -- I'm turning my attention to the next-gen F-150. Latest speculation is 2013/2014 calendar year. Probably 2014. *Early* news from our sources is that it will definitely have an all-new platform. I've got some details that the next frame will be a big leap forward and gamble in architecture and composition. I'm not prepared to say what those changes could be just yet. For a hint, look at some of the cutting-edge frame stuff that a few high-end European makers are doing. It's not identical but it's along those same lines.

Awesome job Mike!!


government might slide all the way to 4th place behind the unreliable toyota.

@Jake - the initail 5 L V8's "way back when" were in the neighborhood of 195 hp.
You also have to realize that these engines are at the start of their developement cycle.
The 5.0 was designed with a supercharger in mind.
Maybe a twin turbo EB variant down the road?

By the way, if I write something here about a future product, that means I'm not confident or haven't confirmed the details enough to write a story about it. When I write a story about something (at that time), I know that's what's very likely planned. Stay tuned for news about Ford and other truck makers -- as long as it's not embargoed and someone hasn't broken the embargo.

Just had to get that little disclaimer out.

I get my best secrets from Delta's in-flight magazine in the seatback pocket. I'm anxiously waiting for the next issue. LOL. :-)

@Mike - as always : excellent job.

@Cooter Brown @Lou: Thanks! Glad you both liked the coverage. We want to bring you the best and most accurate truck news and reviews first.

No HEMI ?, no MDS ? no MPG ? whats the news?
10 years old engines. People wake up. This is 15 years old technology, but new in america. Lets celebrate! Whats next ? 3 Litre turbodiesel with 280Hp and 400lb.-ft. Welcome to 1999 idiots. I am sick and tired of this automotive industry bullsht. I refuse to replace my 2004 Hemi.
I can beet any ford , GM or Toyo on the green light and still pull 8000lb with better mileage.
I will wait for 4.5 Litre Cummins turbodiesel or for this one. 3 Litre 247 Hp 406lb.-ft. More torque than ecoboost and I am 100% sure better MPG and lifetime. Don't forget please,that ecoboost require Premium.

I have a question for mike. I seen articles about ford bring back the bronco and i was wondering if it was true? I also found articles saying there going to start producing soon and others saying they killed it already I was just wondering what your heard about it. sorry about being off subject i just wanted to know if the bronco was coming back.

I'm kind of embarrassed that I missed the whole section on them getting the same 6 speed AUTO tranny. Interesting... and awesome. Dono why people are complaining about the lack of a stick shift. i'd take an auto that allows you to shift it LIKE a manual any day over a stick shift. Usually they are teens or people in their young 20's complaining about it anyways.

@Mike Levine:
Excellent work! I am a ford nut and that is great news!
It is nice to be able to order a 5.0 ford truck again (like you could until 1996), though
it is of course an entirely different engine. The 6.2 and 5.0 look awsome! This is a formidable linup. Finally.
I realy hope that these new v6s will be as durable as the v8s.
If I had the money, I would buy 4x4 ext cab with the 5.0 (can I say 302:)? ) with some exhaust and intake modifications to make it scream!

Watched your video. Your starting to sound like a ford salesman. Me no like .

Mike, do you know if this engine line uses the two pice sparkplug like the 5.4.....has anyone changed a plug in the 5.4?
you get half in your hand and half remains in the head.
read all day job.

Z-71: I have an 03 SuperCrew with the 5.4L and have changed the plugs, if you take the time to prep and do it right it takes about 2hrs, and I had no issues, I moved the fuel rail and injectors out of the way and made sure I had my socket properly seated....problem is not all people who attempt this take the time to do that and end up running into problems like breaking plugs off.

I have owned an F150 for half my life, since I was 16, and Ford has never disappointed...My current vehicle is an 2003 with a 4.6L from my 6 year stint building homes. I can't wait to buy my next F150 in a couple years!!! These engines and Fords continued research and development (with their own money!!!) is why I can't imagine any other company American or not will be able to outdo them anytime soon...

So can we assume that the gear ratios of the 6 speed automatic will be the same as the Super Duty?

That change from the ZF ratios makes reverse substantively taller. 8%, which make reversing with a trailer more difficult.

This engine lineup looks good on paper, but...
The 3.7 V6 only makes more power than the 4.6's above 6,000 rpm (relative to the 3 valve) and 5,000 rpm (relative to the 2 valve).
The 5.4 makes more torque under 3,800 rpm than the 5.0 does.
The 6.2 is rated for premium, but should hopefully make 400hp with regular.
Will the Ecoboost make 400hp with regular fuel.

Now, will Ford offer 'appropriate' axle ratios to make up for the transmission ratio changes, and the reduced low end torque?

@Z-71 The 04 5.4 had an issue with the plugs breaking in half and it is a pain to extract it out of the head when it happens. Since 04 the two peice plug is welded not crimped like in 04. My 06 5.4 took 30 mins no problems. The plugs on the 06 cost $120.00 for 8.

Wow, Ford really went after the biggest weakness in the F150 and turn it into its biggest strength! 4 motors seems a little overkill at first glance, but each one fits a target group of consumers with specific needs.

Also, I wouldn't get hung up on the 1,500lbs. lower tow rating for the 5.0. If I were towing 9,800lbs, I would much rather use a 2011 5.0 than the 2010 5.4 with max tow pkg. The 5.0 tows significantly more weight than the 3.7 and will probably only cost a little extra money. I bet there is a big premuim to pay when you go for the Ecoboost or the 6.2.

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