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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: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By VahnTitrio on 6/2/2011 12:37:08 PM , Rating: 2
At times it hard to explain to people outside the US (or people outside the Midwest at times) how necessary something large that can move a lot of stuff is. Towing is a necessity around here. There is no way any 4 cylinder engine will ever be used to tow my boat. I don't need a V8 to pull it (a V6 works just fine, although with the V8 on my brothers truck it definitely is much easier).


By acsa77 on 6/2/2011 2:05:13 PM , Rating: 2
If you need more towing capacity, there are also 2.4-2.5 diesel engines + capable transmissions for this. Not much more expensive than the 2.0-2.2 engines. And for really heavy duty you have still 3.0 diesels which decapitate you when flooring. With an average mileage of 27.

And about acceleration: even the most choked recent 2.0 diesels can easily keep up on highway - they are tuned for this, they have sophisticated charging and injection.


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