Mileage Boost: 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Rated at 16/22 MPG

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We’ve already seen the official power and torque numbers tied to the 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost, but the automaker just released additional figures -- this time tied to fuel economy.

According to Ford, the EPA has rated the F-150 built with the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 at 16 mpg in the city, and 22 mpg on the highway. That rating eclipses the city rating of the Chevrolet Silverado XFE (15/22 mpg), which is fitted with a 315-horsepower, 335-pound foot, 5.3-liter V-8. The Silverado/ GMC Sierra Hybrid beats the EcoBoosted F-150 with a 20/23 mpg rating, but its 6100-pound (2WD) tow rating does fall short of the Ford.

That’s where Ford is claiming its biggest victory, in providing exceptional fuel efficiency with a torquey twin-turbo, gas direct-injection V-6 that maintains big V-8 towing capacity. Ford affixes the EcoBoost F-150 with a maximum towing rating of 11,300 pounds. In contrast, the Chevy Silverado XFE can tow up to 10,000 pounds.

The Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 comes closest to Ford’s metrics with a 10,450-pound tow rating, but its EPA numbers are 14/20 mpg. The Toyota Tundra is next, with 10,400 pounds and an EPA rating of 14/18 mpg when fitted with a 5.7-liter V-8.

Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is rated at 365 horsepower at 5000 rpm, less power than the Hemi Ram’s 390 horsepower and the 381 offered by the Tundra’s 5.7-liter engine. Ford makes up for the difference with a torque rating of 420 pound-feet at 2,500 rpm. The second torquiest engine in the bunch is the Ram’s 5.7-liter Hemi, with 407 pound-feet at 4200 rpm.

Source: Ford

Steve
I have only seen MPG while towing on one review, 8.8 to 9.5 while towing 6700lb trailer. That doesn't seem to good to me. Diesel would have been better for people who want to tow.
Ford Dude
Diesel engines are more fuel efficient but the fuel costs more. E85 gets really poor fuel economy and it is subsidized by the government (aka they are paying for part of the cost, ie we the tax payers). So the idea is to offer better fuel economy but with V8 like torque and horse power. If you do the total value equation you'll find that the Ford EcoBoost offers the best value unless you're keeping that truck for over 5 years.
Roto
Agree with Puhhzzzz, nice effort with twin turbo 6 gas, but even better with diesel. Mileage and torque. Still, impressed with Ford's efforts!
Ryan
Ya, and this is a 4x2 with 3.15 gears... to get the max tow truck, most will get 4x4 and 3.73 gears, both will cause loss of mpg's. You cannot put E85 in the ecoboost... only the new 5.0 and 3.7L
Add E85 to your Gas Tank
Instead of adding an expensive gasoline treatment full of harmful toxic chemicals to your gas tank to clean the fuel system, try adding one gallon of E85 per fill up. Ethanol will slowly clean the fuel system deposits left by gasoline, raise the octane rating of the fuel, plus you will get a whole gallon of fuel for what you would have paid for the fuel additive. Gasoline clogs the many components of the fuel system including the fuel injectors. Clogged fuel injectors can reduce fuel economy by as much as 30%. Ethanol cleans the fuel system and the injectors by removing the gunk and varnish left by gasoline and keeps your engine performing as it did when it was new. When blending ethanol into a car that has run on gasoline for many miles, it is better to start slowly. Ethanol fuel also has much lower sulfur and NOX emissions, reducing soot and particulate matter which are bad for engines, people and the environment. If people realized the amount of energy it takes to mine the ore, refine the metals, forge the engine block and components, plus the energy used during the machining process to make an engine they would demand better fuels that will allow their engine to last longer. Excessive Heat and dirty oil, greatly shortens an engine’s life. Ethanol fuel burns so clean that it causes your engine’s oil to stay cleaner longer. Clean oil = longer engine life = energy conservation. Ethanol also burns around 40 degrees cooler than gasoline. Less BTUs equals cooler engine.
Green Machine
Puhhzzzzz That is terrible. Fords would have done better with a V6 diesel engine and eight speed transmission. Ecoboost is nice but they would have done better with using a diesel engine to improve mileage in their cars and SUVs. I applaud them for creating a diverse product line including small cars and SUV, so when fuel prices go to five dollars again, they would be caught with their pants down,. Chill

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