What good is a big ‘old domestic full-size pickup truck without
a V8 engine under the hood? Half-ton pickups and V8 engines go together like
peanut butter and jelly or Smith & Wesson. But with gas
prices putting the squeeze on many consumers, those who can actually afford
to purchase brand new vehicles are trying to be more economical.
We already reported in late April that Ford is seeing
incredible demand for its new EcoBoost V6 engine in the Ford F-150. Reports
pegged the EcoBoost V6 engine option as taking
36 percent of all F-150 sales.
However, that figure jumped to 41 percent for the month of
May. In addition, the 3.7-liter V6 engine option captured 14 percent, bringing
the total haul for V6 engines to over half of all F-150 sales for the month.
to PickupTrucks.com, the
increasing interest in Ford's V6 engine options should come as no surprise
given the current state of gas pries in the United States. However, the
phenomena is still amazing when you consider that the take rate for V6 engines
in competing Toyota Tundra and GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado full size pickups
is in the single-digit range.
3.7-liter V6 engine generates 300hp @ 6,500 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at
4,500 rpm. It is EPA rated at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The
popular EcoBoost V6 makes 365hp @ 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at a low
2,500 rpm. It has EPA ratings of 16/22.
Both engines run on regular unleaded gasoline, which is a plus
with high gasoline prices.
quote: We averaged 25-27 MPG over a weekend in a brand new Mustang rental (450 miles on the odometer when I picked it up). This includes a 2+ hour period of sitting in massive traffic on New York's infamous Belt Parkway.
quote: But things will change. As mentioned you'll be largely 4 cylinder bound within 10 years. Enjoy it while you can. The last hurrah.
quote: Should Dodge decide to start selling 1/2 ton trucks with a 4 cylinder Cummins B series turbodiesel from the factory I predict you'll see more excitement than complaints.
quote: NO ONE and I mean NO ONE would buy a 4 cyl diesel in a 1/2 ton truck in the US. Do I really need to explain why?
quote: Are the vans you are talking about, and the trucks you are talking about, carrying those kinds of loads?
quote: No we use whats called an articulated lorry.
quote: I was just saying we use whats we call a lorry. After all why own a large inefficient truck for the two days a year you might need it when as you point out, you can have someone else do it.
quote: have someone else do it
quote: As for getting sheets of plywood, we dont often need them as our houses are not made from plywood. Brick rules here.
quote: If we did need plywood we call the building supplies place in town and they deliver it in a transit van quite easily. Larger stuff delivered on a flatbed truck with a crane. Moving house is done by removal firms with custom built removal vans or like I did last time I rented a transit van for the day. All pretty easy. as for safety, yet again we dont drive around in matchboxes either. Again excuses that dont really add up.
quote: as for safety, yet again we dont drive around in matchboxes either.
quote: They are trained like monkeys in school and in their media (with the cooperation of our media) that all Europeans are socialist dupes, laid-back idiots. No amount of explanation will help him get out of his cultural presuppositions.
quote: There are so many "econo" cars out there that lack the ability to get up to highway speed by the end of the entrance ramp it's causing massive traffic jams all over the US.