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.

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3 Responses

  1. Bruce

    Ford best hit it out of the park with its new light-duty diesel or the crowd will flock to the Ram EcoDiesel

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  2. Greg Faulkner

    It amazes me how little reviewers are pointing out how far ahead Ford has leaped past the competition in the full-size truck segment. They’ve moved ahead three times without a single brand doing anything about it except Nissan with an all-new Titan, and GM with some kind of near-useless e-assist for the higher priced versions, but the all-new Titan is old drive train technology mated to an all-new truck platform. The easiest way to point out the huge advantage is with respect to the amazing, little 2.7 L Ecoboost, which in my opinion, has the biggest improvement of any of the reworked or new engine choices due to the fact that it reaches the same respectable peak power at 750 RPM lower, and reaches 25 more ft-lbs peak torque at 250 RPM lower than the previous edition, which were already ahead of the competition; both with respect to what’s on paper and unbiased drivers’ reactions

    Power Train Power – RPM Torque-RPM City MPG Hwy MPG Price Over Base
    F150 2.7L EB 325 @ 5000 400 @ 2750 20 city 26 hwy $995
    F150 5.0L V8 395 @ 5750 400 @ 4500 17 city 23 hwy $1995
    Silv 5.3L 355 @ 5600 383 @ 4100 16 23 hwy $1275
    Silv 5.3L e 355 @ 5600 383 @ 4100 17 24 hwy $15,000+*

    Ford’s 2.7 Liter is available in all the lower trims; is only a $995 premium over their base engine; has the highest mpg of any gas-powered 1/2-ton pickup and higher than most mid-size trucks except for some base four cylinders.

    GM is claiming best in class mpg with respect to their V8 with e assist, but if you look closely, it’s available only in a crew cab configuration, which means it basically has a starting price more than $15,000 more than their base truck, whereas Ford will let you have their advance 2.7 Liter for $995 over the base price and it matches up pretty well performance wise as well. If we look at GMs base V8, it matches up pretty evenly with Ford’s new 5.0 with respect to price and performance and mpg, however, I’d give a slight edge to GMs 5.3 because Ford up’d the torque only by 13 but raised the point at which it peaks by 1,000 RPM and now F150 V8 Coyote will be the most racy and least truck like of all V8s on the market.

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  3. Mark-Liebherr

    Ford America and other manufacturers pretent like the Mpg’s on their new 2018 vehicles is quite the achievement….
    Im not impressed..

    It doesnt come even close to a 2017/2018 Volvo XC90 T8 which weighs fully loaded about the same as a Platinum F150…yet still “achieves” an AVERAGE of 140Mpg😜 in Europe…
    But it barely touches 38Mpg here in America…😕
    “The technology for super-efficient-large-luxury-SUV-vehicles-has been available for the past 100years!”

    Yet North America builds “All New Vehicles” around engines with a WORSE gas milage as Fords very first Model A from 1903 which attained a whopping 40 Mpg!
    So…car companies could make fuel efficient vehicles 114 years ago, where are they now?🤔
    Technically: WITH all the “luxury, electrics and gadgets” included these days…
    It IS technically possible to make production vehicles which NEVER have to fill up or need an oilchange, for as long as they last…
    Which is also technically possible to stretch that to 100 years…
    Imagine that…A vehicle that Only Requires tires and brakes….and lasts 100years!

    SOOO make an platinum F150, or Expedition that can run just as or better than that XC90 with 140Mpg on average….Or even 100Mpg..
    THAT would impress me, and id buy 2 of each!

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