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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: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By Dr of crap on 6/2/2011 12:35:30 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree with your ability to buy whatever car you want, I've seen plenty of "sport cars" driven so slowly on the entrance ramp, my 2.2 liter 4cyl can beat them onto the freeway.

It's not the car that's slow, it's the driver.
I can't stand people that can't merge onto the freeway properly! That being AT SPEED!

There are plenty of Mustangs being driven way to slowly for their own good.

RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By mindless1 on 6/2/2011 2:44:55 PM , Rating: 1
It's not a matter of how fast a car "can" accelerate, it's that you're ragging it out if you're always asking high(er) RPMS to get the same job done, as well as more stress on a suspension/etc if the car wasn't built for sustained use at that performance level.

People want a car with RESERVE power, not something that barely gets the job done, though I'm not implying a midsized or smaller vehicle needs in excess of 200HP.

RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By jabber on 6/2/11, Rating: -1
By Spuke on 6/2/2011 6:19:13 PM , Rating: 3
But things will change. As mentioned you'll be largely 4 cylinder bound within 10 years. Enjoy it while you can. The last hurrah.
I, and it seems most Americans, don't have a problem with cylinder count, we just want some power. Non issue with today's 4's. I hate to bring up facts but if you look at actual US cars sales, you'll see that most Americans have been driving 4 cylinder cars for decades now. Americans typically go for lower optioned vehicles and 4 cylinders make up the bulk of those vehicles. Add some power to them like they're doing today and even V6's getting supplanted.

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