New and Improved 2018 Ford F-150 Engines Deliver Best-in-Class Efficiency, Towing, and Payload
America’s favorite pickup truck just keeps getting better.
On Wednesday, Ford revealed that the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6engine offered with the 2018 F-150 will deliver best-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20/25/22 MPG City/Highway/Combined. With the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and updated 5.0-liter V8, the F-150 will deliver best-in-class towing of 13,200 pounds and payload capacity of 3,270 pounds.
“The Ford F-150 lineup again delivers on its promise to give full-size truck customers even more value, functionality, and smart technology innovations, with engines with best-in-class towing, payload, and fuel economy,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Our new F-150 highlights Ford’s commitment to its hardworking truck customers and how we listen to their demands for their new F-150 to be even tougher, even smarter, and even more capable for work and play.”
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Ford revealed in July that three of the F-150’s engine options—the 3.3-liter PFDI V6, 2.7-liter EcoBoost, and 5.0-liter V8—will see notable gains in horsepower and torque output. It has now confirmed, per EPA estimation, that those three engines will deliver gains over the 2017 model year, in terms of fuel economy.
The 3.3-liter V6 will return an estimated 19/25/22 MPG City/Highway/Combined in 4×2 configurations and 18/23/20 MPG City/Highway/Combined in 4×4 configurations. In the case of the former, fuel efficiency increases 1 mpg on the highway and in the city, and 2 mpg combined. With the latter, both highway and combined miles per gallon increase by 1 mpg.
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost is rated at 20/26/22 MPG City/Highway/Combined in 4×2, which is 1 city mpg better than the previous generation. For 4×4 models, the engine produces 19/24/21 MPG City/Highway/Combined, up 1 mpg on all fronts. Helping produce better efficiency ratings for both the 2.7-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter V8 is Ford’s new SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission, which is being mated with both engines for the 2018 model year.
The more powerful 5.0-liter V8 is also more efficient than the outgoing version. 4×2 models are rated at 17/23/19 MPG City/Highway/Combined, which is 2 city mpg and 1 highway and combined mpg better than the outgoing V8. 4×4 models are 1 mpg better all around with an EPA-estimated 16/22/18 MPG City/Highway/Combined.
Efficiency for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 remains the same at 18/25/21 MPG City/Highway/Combined for 4×2 and 17/23/19 MPG City/Highway/Combined for 4×4. The F-150 Raptor’s high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost remains at 15/18/16 MPG City/Highway/Combined.
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