Some say miles per gallon is the new horsepower, but if you can have both at the same time, why not? That’s what the 2017 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost delivers thanks to an extensively reengineered engine and all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. The changes result in a 1 mile-per-gallon (mpg) improvement in both city and highway fuel economy for the F-150, increasing figures from 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for two-wheel-drive models to 18 and 25 mpg, respectively. Four-wheel-drive models see an increase from 16 city/22 highway to 17 city/23 highway and a combined mpg increase from 18 to 20 mpg.
An additional fuel-saving feature on the 2017 F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost is auto stop-start, integrated into the control module for the 10-speed transmission, providing smooth and quick starts from a stop. The updated engine produces 10 more horsepower than last year’s model for 375 hp and 50 lb-ft more torque for a total of 470 lb-ft. For the truly power-hungry, Ford announced the output for the upcoming F-150 Raptor, which has a high-output version of the 3.5L EcoBoost making 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. However, be prepared to pay to play, with the Raptor earning an EPA rating of 15 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.
Those seeking the ultimate in fullsize truck fuel economy will likely be thrilled at the almost certain 2018 F-150 diesel, which is expected to pack a 3.0L V-6 turbodiesel shared with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, making 254 hp, 440 lb-ft of torque and the possibility of delivering 30 mpg or greater highway mpg.