Good fuel economy is not something normally associated with a pickup truck – one reason the truck market crashed when gas prices spiked past $4 a gallon in 2008. But Ford Motor Co. is betting that a new array of powertrains, including a high-mileage V6, will help revive demand among personal users as well as those watching their budget at work.
The compact 3.7-liter six is one of four powertrains that will be offered with the 2011 Ford F-150, a list that also includes a new truck-based application of the maker’s EcoBoost engine, a premium offering that is designed to pair both fuel economy and performance in one package.
But the V6 is the 2011 F-150’s mileage king, delivering 16 mpg on the EPA City cycle and 23 on the highway. By comparison, the Chevrolet Silverado gets, at best 14/19 mpg with its current base engine, a 4.8-liter V8. And while the Silverado Hybrid is rated at 21 City, it still delivers only 22 on the Highway cycle.
Overall, Ford claims its new F-Series powertrain line-up is 20% more efficient than the engine offerings from the 2010 model-year, meeting what truck marketing manager Doug Scott calls, “the number one unmet need in the segment.”