2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost: Video Road Test and Review

The Ford F-150 is the American automaker’s best selling full size pick up truck.  Offered with a choice of four power plants, the entry level F-150 is equipped with a 3.7 Liter V6 engine producing 302 HP. The next step up is the twin turbocharged 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6 that pumps out a total of 365 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque while returning as much as 16 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.  Consumption comparable to the naturally aspirated six cylinder and power on par with the much larger 5.0 Liter V8, that makes 360 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque.  However the 6.2 Liter V8 is the king of the lineup with 411 HP and 434 lb-ft of torque.

The F-150 EcoBoost is Ford’s answer to preserving the pickup and other heavy duty work based vehicles from hyper miler forced extinction. By combining fuel efficient and horsepower producing technologies like turbocharging and direct gasoline injection Ford’s engineers have developed the EcoBoost V6 to accept a denser intake charge by cramming pressurized air into the combustion chamber, making more with less. This has also given the F-150 EcoBoost the most towing capacity in its class of full size pickups under 8,500 lbs. that are nonhybrid.

The EcoBoost option is available on the base F-150 XL, the $25,880 XLT, the $33,460 flashy FX2, the well appointed $34,495 Lariat, the four wheel drive $37,135 FX4, the two tone and branded $42,300 King Ranch as well as the $44,110 F-150 Platinum, which rides on a set of 20 inch polished multi spoke rollers.

Similar models include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, RAM 1500 and the Toyota Tundra.

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