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Ford F-150 Pickup Beats Competitors With 26 MPG Rating

10 August 2017

A redesigned 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and a 10-speed SelectShift transmission help make the 2018 F-150 lineup the most efficient yet.

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For best-in-class towing, the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers 13,200 pounds of towing capacity, thanks to its 470 lb. -ft. of torque that beats all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with almost twice its displacement. With the 5.0-liter V8, its payload rating of 3,270 pounds is yet another best-in-class figure.

The refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck will offer best-in-class fuel economy when it goes on sale this fall. In the case of the former, fuel efficiency increases 1 mpg on the highway and in the city and 2 mpg combined. The 2.7-liter offers the same 325 HP as before, but torque is up 25 lb-ft.to 400 lb-ft.

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The 2.7-liter EcoBoost is rated at 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mpg combined in 4×2, which is 1 city mpg better than the previous generation. And once again, Ford gets to claim best-in-class, thanks to the 2.7-liter V6, which achieves 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway in 2WD. For 4×4 models, the engine produces 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway/21 mpg combined, up 1 mpg on all fronts. Four-wheel drive versions are rated at 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.

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. In the middle of the range is the 5.0-liter V8 with 395 horsepower. When combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission (y'know, then only available combination in 2018), the truck is rated at 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with four-wheel-drive, and 20/26 mpg with two-wheel-drive.

Ford attributes the improvements to the addition of standard Auto Start-Stop and a 10-speed automatic transmission developed in tandem with General Motors.

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GM is expected to use the jointly-developed transmission for the first time a truck with its upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

Diesel fans, you'll have to wait until next spring to pick up the 2018 F-150 with its new 3.0-liter diesel V6. No word on power or economy for the new engine, mind.

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Ford F-150 Pickup Beats Competitors With 26 MPG Rating