2017 Ford F-150 Wins AAA Green Car Guide’s Top Green Vehicle Award for Trucks
Just days removed from Earth Day, AAA Green Car Guide has bestowed the Top Green Vehicle award for pickups to the 2017 Ford F-150 XLT 4×2 equipped with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, which with Auto Start-Stop technology provides best-in-class fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mpg combined. AAA says that the F-150 took top honors for its fuel efficiency, as well as for the advantages supplied by its utilization of military-grade aluminum-alloy in its body.
“Many drivers need the flexibility of a larger vehicle, but still want to make a green choice,” said Megan McKernan, manager, Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center. “AAA awarded the Ford F-150 XLT the 2017 pickup category winner in the AAA Green Car Guide for its best-in-class fuel economy, great visibility, spacious interior, and exceptional handling.”
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The 2017 Ford F-150 also saw the introduction of a new 10-speed automatic transmission—the first of its kind for a production pickup truck—coupled with the launch of a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The 2017 model year also saw the standardization of Auto Start-Stop technology for every F-150 truck equipped with an EcoBoost engine.
Ford revealed earlier this year that for its midcycle refresh, the 2018 F-150 will mate the second-generation version of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost to its new 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Ford F-150 will also receive an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel engine, also with the 10-speed automatic.
According to a survey conducted by AAA, fuel economy is still considered a major purchase consideration for 70% of drivers in the United States despite gas prices being approximately 40% lower today than they were five years ago.
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