Pickup trucks are usually known for their gas-guzzling nature, especially when they are powered by high-output engines. The new Ford F-150 changes this game for the 2017 model year, with both its rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models posting impressive gains not only in terms of max power output and peak torque, but also in the area of fuel efficiency (city, highway and combined).
The core of this improvement on the new 2017 Ford F-150 is none other than the terrific combination of a more powerful yet more efficient new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine (second generation) and the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission that allows for further enhancements in performance (especially acceleration) and efficiency, as well as towing and hauling control. Thanks to this combo, the new Ford F-150 is able to provide better low-end and peak performance, making it suitable for towing heavy trailers as well as hauling heavy payloads.
Ford expects that its EcoBoost-equipped F-150 trucks will account for over a million units running on the road over the next year. This means that over 110 million gallons of gas could be saved by F-150 owners over the next year, while still out-hauling its truck rivals.
The gains in fuel economy in the 2017 Ford F-150 are evident in all three EPA estimates. For instance, the 2017 Ford F-150 4x2 returns fuel economy estimates of 18 mpg city/ 25 mpg highway/ 21 mpg – which are each 1 mpg better than figures of the 2016 Ford F-150 4x2 (17 mpg city/ 24 mpg highway/ 20 mpg). On the other hand, the EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2017 Ford F-150 4x4 are 17 mpg city/ 23 mpg highway/ 20 mpg combined. This means that compared to the 2016 Ford F-150 4x4 (16 mpg city/ 22 mpg highway/ 18 mpg combined), the 2017 iteration returns 1 mpg better economy on the city and highway driving, and 2 mpg better combined fuel economy.
Amazingly, the high-performance version of the F-150 – the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor – is now powered by a high-yield version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that delivers 450 hp (335.6 kW) of output and 510 lb-ft (691.5 Nm) of torque and return fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city/ 18 mpg highway/ 16 mpg combined. These numbers are significantly better than the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine that provides 411 hp (306.5 kW) of output and 434 lb-ft (588.4 Nm) of torque while returning fuel economy ratings of 12 mpg city/ 16 mpg highway/ 13 mpg combined.