Breaking Down the 2015 F-150 EcoBoost Engine

Over the past few months, more and more truck lovers have become huge fans of the aluminum F-150. Part of the reason for this is that every test that comes out (minus the cost of repairs) seems to say the same thing: aluminum is the real deal.

But with all of this attention heaped on the body, many have downplayed the changes made to the truck’s engine. That’s pretty crazy considering the importance.

So, what’s the verdict?

Well, as far as the 2015 F-150’s new EcoBoost engine goes, it appears that truck fans are pretty much in agreement, as well: SOLID. Why? Well, the new 2.7-liter Turbo V6 (there’s also a larger 3.5-liter) is a speedy truck– 7.0 second 0-60 time– while also blending in a strong boost of power.

Take a look at some of the industry’s official reviews:

“And the all-new 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 is the real deal, combining tractable power with impressive fuel economy.”   –Edmunds


“For its part, the 365-hp EcoBoost V-6 feels downright fast. With the 6.2-liter V-8 now reserved for Super Duty trucks, this twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 is now the top engine you can get in the F-150 lineup, and it feels up to the task.” –Automobile Magazine

While those are certainly some great reviews, there has been some criticism with the new engines: the six speed transmission. Of course, this is not a new problem for Ford’s trucks; it kind of just comes with territory.

eco2“The 2.7 EcoBoost pulls hard and feels strong in the midrange,” said Daily News editor Joseph Capparella. “[It] makes me wonder whether the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is a worthy upgrade. My one caveat is the six-speed transmission, which is somewhat reluctant to downshift and upshift.”
Fellow Daily News editor Jake Holmes re-enforced that sentiment, saying, “Very smooth and predictable power delivery, and plenty of power for what a lot of truck buyers really need. It’s a shame, then, that this six-speed automatic seems to be in the wrong gear too often. That 10-speed automatic had better come soon.”

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