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2017 Ford F-150 Wins AAA Green Car Guide’s Top Green Vehicle Award for Trucks

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2017 Ford F-150 XLT

2017 Ford F-150 XLT

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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