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2017 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy Increases with New 3.5-Liter EcoBoost, 10-Speed Automatic

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2017 Ford F-150 XLT

2017 Ford F-150 XLT

Ford announced earlier this year that the upcoming 2017 F-150 would receive both a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission, ensuring that the new model year would see better fuel economy and performance.

This week, the automaker confirmed as much, revealing that the F-150 4×2 will see fuel economy improvements of 1 mpg across the board and that the F-150 4×4 will be 1 mpg more efficient in the city and on the highway and 2 mpg better combined.

The 2017 F-150 4×2 now boasts fuel economy of 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21 mpg combined, up from the 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined of the 2016 F-150 4×2. The 2017 F-150 4×4 will achieve 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway/20 mpg combined, improving from the 2016 F-150 4×4’s EPA-estimated 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway/18 mpg combined.

Fuel economy is no doubt aided by the utilization of Auto Start-Stop technology, which was announced this past February as being standard technology for all 2017 F-150s equipped with EcoBoost powertrains.

2017 Ford F-150 XLT

2017 Ford F-150 XLT

Ford also notes that the combination of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed automatic tranmssion will provide better low-end and peak performance, making it stand out for truck buyers looks for hauling and towing performance. With 50 lb-ft more peak torque for a combined 470 lb-ft of torque, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-150 will provide more torque than any other truck in its segment, including any truck powered by a diesel engine or V8 engine.

The 10-speed automatic helps to harness that torque by creating closer ratios between gears and with the assistance of tow/haul mode. It also contributes to the F-150’s continued emphasis on lightweighting, cutting two pounds from curb weight thanks to an integrated converter/turbine clutch and the use of advanced materials and alloys as opposed to cast iron.