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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 dgingeri on 6/2/2011 1:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
Here's what I've seen:

Just last week, I'm cruising home on I-25 northbound at 55 in a 65 zone (due to rush hour traffic) and a little Honda merges onto the highway doing <40. He just moves over as if everyone is just supposed to let him in. About two dozen cars in both right lanes have to brake to avoid hitting him, and 5 cars about 8 cars behind this guy crash into each other in the right lane because they never see it coming. Even when they don't cause accidents, they cause major backups because tons of people have to slow down for each one of them moving in.

idiots like this are everywhere. they don't get hit directly and think they're driving safe because they're slow, but in reality they're creating situations where bunches of other people get hurt because of them. (I've been hit from behind 5 times because someone merged onto a highway in front of me going far too slow. It's cost me 3 cars and $13,000 in medical expenses out of my pocket.)

The worse part is that these little cars, even floored, can't get up to highway speeds by the end of many highway on ramps. They're running 60-80hp motors in a 4000lb car and can't get up to speed. These vehicles should be banned from US roads. if they aren't capable of getting up to speed before merging, they are a danger to everyone on the road.

By lagomorpha on 6/2/2011 1:34:00 PM , Rating: 2
1) This isn't a problem with slow cars, it's a problem with slow drivers. I've seen plenty of V8 Cadillacs and Mercedes pull onto the highway at 40mph. The real problem is letting senile people drive.

2) You won't find 60-80hp cars on US roads weighing 4000 lbs. The least powerful thing you'll likely find is a CRX HF from the 80s and those only weighed around 1800 lbs. There is a legal minimum power/weight ratio for US roads but the only vehicles that even approach it are fully loaded semi-trucks and they seem to manage somehow. If you want to complain about things that cause trouble merging, complain about truckers.

RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By jabber on 6/2/2011 1:43:43 PM , Rating: 2
1. You need to look whats going on and anticipate traffic better. Again a driving issue not a power issue.

2. Folks joining too slow. Again a driving skills and awareness issue not power.

3. 4000lb car in a Hyundai or Civic type? Even a Dodge Charger weighs in under 4000lbs.

By Dr of crap on 6/3/2011 8:45:55 AM , Rating: 2
The two posters ahead have hit it on the head.
WE DO NOT teach drivers well.

Merging skills, and the ability to manage your car is missing from a vast majority of drivers!

It's not the Honda's on the road that can't get up to speed, ITS THE DRIVERS! I seen plenty of large cars and trucks that merge onto the freeway, and the way is clear, that take twice as long as they should. Don't go off on the small car as the reason for bad merging.

It drivers skill!

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