Admit it: the first thing you think of when you hear the word’s “full size pickup” isn’t good fuel economy. Pickup trucks have traditionally been measured by capabilities first, fuel efficiency second. Ford, however, is out to change all that with its new 3.7 liter V6 motor and its new 5.0 liter V8; both motors are projected to have best in class fuel mileage, as well as best in class horsepower.
The 3.7 liter V6 is normally aspirated, and not to be confused with the 3.5 liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost motor. Pending final EPA certification, Ford’s 3.7 liter motor is projected to deliver 16 city MPG and 23 highway MPG, which would indeed make it best in class. Only Toyota’s 4.0 liter V6 is close, delivering 16 MPG city and 20 MPG highway. Ford’s 302 horsepower beats the next closest competitor (again, Toyota) by some 32 horsepower.
The 5.0 liter V8 is projected to deliver 15 MPG city and 21 MPG highway, beating the fuel economy of Toyota’s 4.6 liter V8, which is the current class leader. Ford’s 360 horsepower is nearly 20% better than what Chevy and Dodge deliver, and is a full 50 horsepower better than the Toyota.
Ford will also offer the 3.5 liter EcoBoost motor in the 2011 F150, as well as the 6.2 liter V8 currently used in the SVT Raptor. The EcoBoost motor will be used to power Ford’s Baja 1000 entry, and should be an available option in early 2011.