The refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck will offer best-in-class fuel economy when it goes on sale this fall.
When equipped with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, an Environmental Protection Agency rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined gives the F-150 eco-friendly bragging rights over its top competitors, the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500.
Ford will offer five gasoline engine choices in the 2018 F-150. A 5.0-liter V8 boasts best-in-class payload capacity of 3,270 pounds, and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 tops the class with up to 13,200 pounds of towing capacity.
The updated 2.7-liter V6 achieved a 1 mpg city improvement, while maintaining 325 horsepower and adding more torque for a total of 400 pound-feet. In four-wheel drive configuration, the engine improved by 1 mpg across the board to 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.
The 5.0-liter V8 gained 10 horsepower for a total of 395, and 13 pound-feet of torque for a total of 400. Its EPA ratings improved to 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. Four-wheel drive versions are rated at 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.
The base 3.3-liter V6 gained 8 horsepower to total 290, as well as 12 pound-feet of torque to reach 265. Its fuel economy increased to 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined for rear-wheel drive models. Figures fall to 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined for four-wheel drive.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is available on the F-150 for the first time. It offers 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is E.P.A. rated at 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined for rear-wheel drive, and 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined for four-wheel drive models.
A high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 comes in the F-150 Raptor off-road performance truck with 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
The highest rated variant of the Chevrolet Silverado is a 4.3-liter V6 engine with 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. The most fuel efficient Ram 1500 boasts a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
Ford attributes the improvements to the addition of standard Auto Start-Stop and a 10-speed automatic transmission developed in tandem with General Motors. The 10-speed will be included on the 2.7-liter V6, 3.5-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8. Only the 3.3-liter V6 is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
GM is expected to use the jointly-developed transmission for the first time a truck with its upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.
However, Ram also offers a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 with 21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.
Ford will counter in spring 2018 with the introduction of its all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine, also mated to the 10-speed transmission. Power and fuel economy figures have not been released.
GM will likely add a diesel of its own in the 2019 Silverado.