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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 M4gery on 6/2/2011 12:06:26 PM , Rating: 1
I just dont see the point in this if its not more efficient than the V8 when actually doing work. But then, I never really cared much for Fords in the first place.

By bah12 on 6/2/2011 12:19:21 PM , Rating: 3
Then you don't need/use a truck to tow. The torque curve is very similar to a diesel, and that lends itself very well to towing. Just like a PC is not all about the Ghz a truck is not all about the HP. Low end torque is a BIG deal to people that actually tow with it.

RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By Manch on 6/2/2011 12:44:30 PM , Rating: 3
Well 420lb/ft @ 2500 vs 380lb/ft @ 4250. That's ~10% more Tq @ 2/3 the rpm. That means pulling the same weight, the ecoboost will be able to get up to speed quicker and easier, so it will burn less gas getting up to speed, so it is more efficient.

RE: I'm curious as to the ACTUAL mileage
By lagomorpha on 6/2/2011 1:20:43 PM , Rating: 2
You can't really directly calculate fuel economy based on torque curves. If you get more torque at lower rpm but use a turbo you're going to have more fuel/air in each cylinder and have to take that into account. What you want to look for is the "Brake Specific Fuel Consumption" graph and plug in typical driving conditions. Brake specific fuel consumption does usually improve during most driving for engines tuned for lower rpm power but there are more factors involved.

By Manch on 6/3/2011 9:46:47 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not, I was just trying to keep it simple. :D

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