Submitted by Patrick Rall
Earlier this year, Ford announced that the 2011 F150 pickups would get an all-new engine lineup and since then, they have slowly released information on those new engines. The base model engine for the 2011 F150 is the 3.7L V6, followed by the 5.0L V8 and the 6.2L V8, with the premium engine option being the 3.5L EcoBoost V6.
Along the way, Ford has promised that this powerful new engine lineup would offer fuel economy numbers that would lead the class and today, Ford officially announced their preliminary mpg ratings for the 2011 F150. These numbers are not official until they have been approved by the EPA and Ford has continued to tease a bit with the EcoBoost, as the Motor Company has yet to release their estimated numbers for the turbocharged V6.
The 2011 Ford F150 offers the best fuel economy across the segment
Ford made a big statement when they rolled out this powerful new engine lineup for the 2011 F150 but as much as the company focused on big power, they put just as much effort into these new engines being fuel efficient… and it shows.
The entry level 3.7L V6 of the 2011 Ford F150 offers 302hp and 278lb-ft of torque – both the best among V6 half-ton pickups. The closest competitor to the new V6 F150 is the Toyota Tundra’s 4.0L V6 which makes 270hp and 278lb-ft of torque but when it comes to fuel economy, the Ford takes it with 23mpg on the highway and 16 around town (the Toyota gets 20 and 16).
Next, the 2011 F150 powered by the 5.0L borrowed from the 2011 Ford Mustang offers 360hp and 380lb-ft of torque, while also getting 15mpg around town and 21 on the highway. Once again, Toyota is the next closest competitor (Ford uses Dodge’s balmy 4.7L V8 for this segment comparison) with 310hp and 327lb-ft of torque, but the new Ford takes the slight edge in fuel economy as the Toyota 4.6L V8 gets just 15/20. Ford uses the Ram’s 5.7L Hemi as the comparison engine for the 3.5L EcoBoost but even in the event that Ford had compared the Hemi to the 5.0L, the F150 engine would offer an advantage in fuel economy.
The next engine in the lineup – and the final one listed on the fuel economy announcement is the mighty 6.2L V8 which is the standard engine in the 2011 SVT Raptor F150. This engine makes 411hp and 434lb-ft of torque and yields fuel economy of 12 around town and 17 on the highway (ouch!). This engine offers more horsepower and torque than the 6.2L Chevrolet V8 but the GM engine offers slightly better fuel economy with 13 around town and 18 on the open road.
Ford has not offered any fuel economy numbers on the new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 but I expect to see the 365hp twin turbo V6 offering better fuel economy than the engines Ford plans to compare it to – the Ram 5.7L Hemi, the Chevy 5.3L, and the Toyota 5.7L – with the best of them (in terms of mpg) being the Chevy 5.3L with 15 around town and 22 on the highway.