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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 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.

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 shaidorsai on 6/2/2011 12:12:29 PM , Rating: 2
How do you figure 365 hp vs 300 for a 1 mpg reduction isnt an improvement? 365 hp is a big step up for 300...and the torque number is huge too.

All I can say is I wish the 3.7L v6 was available back in 2006 when I bought my F150. The 4.6L V8 makes just over 200HP and only gets around 17 mpg on the highway. The 23 reported here would have made me very happy and is a solid gain in both performance and efficiency.


By Manch on 6/2/2011 12:34:03 PM , Rating: 2
YOu're truck was also tested using the old EPA calculations, so it's mileage is a bit less using the new ones.


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