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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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By joe.attaboy on 6/2/2011 1:05:35 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I don't know if Ford markets the Mustang V6 as an Eco-Boost, but the specs are nearly identical. And, you can't really judge MPG ratings fairly between a sports sedan and a pickup, but I was pretty impressed not only with the power, but the mileage. We averaged 25-27 MPG over a weekend in a brand new Mustang rental (450 miles on the odometer when I picked it up). This includes a 2+ hour period of sitting in massive traffic on New York's infamous Belt Parkway.

I own a 2003 F-150 with a V-6, and I still manage to squeeze 17-19 MPG highway, even with 138,000 miles on the old beast. I'm looking forward to the day I buy a new one, if these V-6 plants are as good in trucks as they are in their cars.

By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 1:54:47 PM , Rating: 2
We averaged 25-27 MPG over a weekend in a brand new Mustang rental (450 miles on the odometer when I picked it up). This includes a 2+ hour period of sitting in massive traffic on New York's infamous Belt Parkway.

I just rented a Ford Escort for 2 days and averaged 29, no long sitting in traffic. Had I known Budget had Mustangs I would have opted for it. It had 800 miles on it.

The new car smell was too plasticy and the trans was very relunctant to downshift. It did move out well from a standstill and was pretty quiet, a reasonable long distance commuter.

By DanNeely on 6/2/2011 4:37:01 PM , Rating: 2
The couple times I looked, you pay a rather huge price premium for renting a sports car. Not sure if it's due to idiots abusing them and running up the repair bills or a decision to treat them as a cash cow; but the price gap vs a normal car is huge.

By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 5:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
Avis has Mustangs for around $180/day. Camaroes, possible convertibles, were about $50-$60 more per day.

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