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Ford EcoBoost V6
High gas prices and a potent turbocharged engine drive V6 sales for Ford's best seller

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.

According to, 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.

Ford’s 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.

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RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By Brandon Hill on 6/2/2011 11:33:19 AM , Rating: 4
The EcoBoost mileage is better compared to the V8 which is rated at 15/21 and has less power/torque.

RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By Samus on 6/2/2011 12:21:52 PM , Rating: 4
It's not all that surprising the V6 take rate is so high. These V6s have more power than all the 5.0 F150s of the 80's and 90's had and what most of the 5.4's had in the past decade.

Direct injection is amazing. Which is why Toyota and GM aren't selling V6s in their mid-sized trucks. Their V6 offerings are weak. Which is too bad, because the Tundra V8 is awful, being plagued with recalls, electronic failures, exhaust manifold cracks and cam reliability problems. What I find most interesting about the Tundra V8 is that is in a North American market exclusive, built here in the land of the V8, and it is still awful. It isn't like Toyota has no experience with V8s either. They cleaned up in F1 back in the day, and even made a pushrod V8 for Nascar in the 90's that was unbeatable for the sole season they competed. I guess that technology never trickled down to the consumer market.

RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By YashBudini on 6/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By LRonaldHubbs on 6/2/2011 2:49:57 PM , Rating: 2
Sure looks like plastic to me...

RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By YashBudini on 6/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By Samus on 6/3/2011 1:25:24 AM , Rating: 2
F1 has used composite intake and EXHAUST manifolds for two decades.

Even the old 80's Mustangs toyed with plastic manifolds. However, they warped over time and occasionally cracked, leading to parts getting sucked into the engine. It wasn't common, but it did happen enough for them to stop producing them.

Of course, we've come a long way in the consumer market since the 80's. Most vehicles now have composite intake manifolds because of its superior weather resistance, wear capacity and thermal properties, and it is cheaper than aluminum. Sometimes it's even dual stage so the internal runners shorten at higher RPM to increase flow (make more power, less torque) and go to long runners at low RPM (more torque, less power) something that simply can't be accomplished with an aluminum design.

It's only a matter of time before many components like suspension are made of composites. Fiberglass is far superior to steel (mostly weight savings, but they never sag and the spring rate will never change over time.) I look forward to a composite cylinder head, though. That'll be the day!

By YashBudini on 6/3/2011 12:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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