Ford Releases Fuel Economy Numbers for 2011 Ford F-150: 3.7-liter V6 Gets 23 MPG!

Pending final EPA certification, the 3.7-liter V6 in the upcoming 2011 Ford F-150 will get you a stellar (for a truck, anyway) 23 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg around town.  The 5.0-liter V8 gets you 15/21 city/highway, which rivals its GM counterparts’ fuel economy numbers.  While these numbers are preliminary, they can’t be too far off base or Ford wouldn’t release them.  Click past the jump for complete breakdowns and comparisons.  Truck fans will be especially interested in the Ford-provided charts at the bottom.

It seems like every year, the automakers bring out new commercials touting their trucks’ fuel economy.  They always compare their V6-powered truck versus the competition’s V8, usually with 4×2 compared to 4×4.  This can throw the numbers off by 2-4 mpg, and is the work of very good spin doctors.  See the chart below, which comes directly from Ford’s press release.  It compares their engines directly with the proper corresponding engines from the competition.

Segment Comparison for 3.7-liter V6

Mfr Engine Horsepower Torque Max towing Max payload 4×2 MPG (c/h)
Ford 3.7L V6 302 @ 6,500 278 @ 4,000 6,100 1,920 16/23
Chevrolet 4.3L V6 195 @ 4,600 260 @ 2,800 5,400 1,956 15/20
Ram 3.7L V6 210 @ 5,200 235 @ 4,000 3,800 1,900 14/20
Toyota 4.0L V6 270 @ 5,600 278 @ 4,400 4,900 1,715 16/20

Segment Comparison for 5.0-liter V8

Mfr Engine Horsepower Torque Max towing Max payload 4×2 MPG
Ford 5.0L V8 360 @ 5,500 380 @ 4,250 10,000 3,060 15/21
Chevrolet 4.8L V8 302 @ 5,600 305 @ 4,600 7,200 1,825 14/19
Ram 4.7L V8 302 @ 5,650 329 @ 3,950 7,650 1,760 14/19
Toyota 4.6L V8 310 @ 5,600 327 @ 3,400 8,600 1,870 15/20

Segment Comparison for 6.2-liter V8

Mfr Engine Horsepower Torque Max towing Max payload 4×2 MPG
Ford 6.2L V8 411 @ 5,500 434 @ 4,500 11,300 1,770 12/17
Chevrolet 6.2L V8 403 @ 5,700 417 @ 4,300 10,700 1,997 13/18

Segment Comparison for 3.5-liter EcoBoost

Mfr Engine Horsepower Torque Max towing Max payload 4×2 MPG
Ford 3.5L EcoBoost 365 @ 5,000 420 @ 2,500 11,300 3,060 TBA
Chevrolet 5.3L V8 315 @ 5,200 335 @ 4,000 10,000 1,774 15/22
Ram 5.7L V8 390 @ 5,800 407 @ 4,200 10,450 1,710 14/20
Toyota 5.7L V8 381 @ 5,600 401 @ 3,600 10,400 2,090 14/18
Nissan 5.6L V8 317 @ 5,200 385 @ 3,400 9,500 2,153 13/18

I will stress again that the 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 are still awaiting final EPA certification, so I’ll have an update if the numbers change.  Also, as seen in the chart above, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 hasn’t been tested at all.  I would expect the city/highway numbers to be 16/24, give or take. Another note: if you’re looking at a 4-wheel drive model of any of the above-listed trucks, expect a 1-2 mpg drop in both city and highway mileage.

It’s an exciting time to be a truck buyer, with all the new engine options coming from Ford, GM and RAM.  Even with the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards years away, the automakers are working hard to get ahead of the curve early.  For more information about CAFE standards, click here.

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by John Suit

Source: Ford

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