I’m a huge fan of Ford’s 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine, since it makes power like a V8 but sips gas like a V6. I just spent a week living with the engine in the Lincoln MKS, and it was virtually indistinguishable from a V8. No turbo lag, no sudden rush of acceleration and no turbo whine; just usable power from low end to redline. Ford’s gone to some extraordinary lengths to prove the reliability of the EcoBoost V6, including dyno testing a motor beyond 100k miles, then using it to skid logs, pull a trailer around Miami Homestead speedway for 12 hours and race Chevy and Dodge in a trailer pulling competition. The same motor was then used to race the Baja 1000, finishing the race without any mechanical issues.
The first question from most truck guys will be, “how does the EcoBoost V6 stack up against V8s from Chevy and Dodge?” Unfortunately, this video only shows you an EcoBoost equipped F-150 eating a 3.7 liter Ford V6 for lunch; it does, however give us a time for the quarter mile of 14.67 seconds at 94.6 miles per hour. Bangshift tells us that there are, um, “computer enhancements” that can be made to drop the time to the low 14s, before you even begin spending money on stuff like intakes and exhaust systems.
By comparison, a 2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the 403 horsepower, 6.2 liter V8 ran the quarter mile in 15.52 seconds (nearly a second slower) and a 2009 Dodge Ram with the 390 horsepower, 5.7 liter Hemi ran the quarter in 15.8 seconds. I couldn’t find information on the 2011 models, but both Chevy and Dodge still offer the same powertrain options as they did in 2009. For now, I’d score that as advantage, Ford.