With 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel, the power curve is quite similar to a larger displacement engine. The F-150 has kept up with the times and like the other trucks in the segment, have added comfort, luxury and up-to-date styling, but where Ford stands out is under the hood. However, the area in which I was visiting had very few causes to stop so there was almost no stop and go driving during my test sessions in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. Once I got onto the I280, heading towards the Ohio Turnpike, the fuel economy figures on the on board vehicle computer improved considerably and by the time I had spent an hour cruising along the wide open vastness of the northern Ohio plains, the fuel economy of the 2012 Ford F150 EcoBoost had climbed up into the expected combined fuel economy range of 18 miles per gallon. Design: The F-150 follows the pick-up truck design doctrine; boxy front end, big square cab, followed by a rectangular cargo box. While it has a ride that you would expect from a half ton pickup capable of towing over 11,000 pounds, the 2012 F150 was surprisingly smooth and very comfortable on the highway. An available electronic locking rear axle replaces most of the limited-slip offerings on the 3.
We are committed to the highest ethics, providing diverse voices, to accuracy, making corrections, and the best standards of automotive journalism. During this long run across northern Ohio, I also made a stop to check the actual fuel economy figures and the on-board computer was very accurate — with my test truck getting 21 miles per gallon. . Our test truck came with the technically advanced 3. Ford was concerned early on that the skeptics would outweight those buyers who were interested in a twin turbo V6 pickup truck but the real world results with the EcoBoost F150 lead me to believe that this engine will be around for a very long time. More importantly, I found that when cruising at the 65mph speed limit on the traffic-free Ohio Turnpike, the trip computer stated that I was getting around 21-22 miles per gallon.
From the twin turbo EcoBoost engine to the smartly styled exterior and cab interior, this is a nice truck. I wish that there were some tie-downs mounted lower in the bed to allow better fastening of certain cargo, but this problem is not unique to Ford. The headlights get an interesting shape thanks to the turn indicator lamps being incorporated. Incredible power and impressive fuel economy for a truck of this size combine to make for one great drivetrain — leaving no question as to why the EcoBoost V6 has quickly become the most popular engine in the F150 family. By the end of my 370 mile drive, my actual fuel economy figure for the drive was 17. The four-by-four system works with minimal involvement by the driver and delivers traction in mud or snow when an empty pick-up can be a handful. The mission of Torque News is funded by advertising, hosted on the website.
I should point out that while cruising on the highway, when the speeds climbed up into the 75-80mph range, fuel economy figures dropped into the range of 18-19mpg so those with a lead foot in an area with a higher speed limit may have a more difficult time hitting those 21mpg figures. The addition of neutral tow capability allows owners to flat-tow their F-150, making the truck even more usable. That includes civilians like you and me who use a truck for daily driving and occasional loads or trailer hauling to the cottage or lake. In the case of the F-150, it makes for a natural choice for a medium-duty truck. The centre console between the front seats is the typical massive storage bin found on all trucks in this market. The ability to perform these truck tasks by this relatively small twin turbocharged engine has been questioned by numerous skeptics but in the long run, the EcoBoost proved that it can do anything that the V8 options in any modern half-ton pickup can do. Ford spent millions developing their EcoBoost engine and have been placing the twin-turbocharged power plant in many of their vehicles, both cars and trucks.
The addition of some cleverly retractable steps ahead of the rear wheels aids in accessing the cargo box from the sides to make tying down a load much easier than its competitors. The tough truck theme continues on the inside of the F-150 with a no-nonsense look to the dashboard. A new feature, Hill Start Assist, helps keep the truck from rolling backward at a stop, making it easier to pull away when on a slope or hill, especially when towing. Brake pressure is held in the braking system, and the truck remains stationary on the slope for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal. While my test truck was fitted with the base model sound system, it still sounded great on my long drive and the steering wheel mounted controls for the radio and the cruise controls system allowed me to make changes on the fly without taking my hands off of the wheel. The interior and exterior both look super, very clean and roomy.
Torque News provides a fresh perspective not found on other auto websites with unique pieces on design, international events, product news and industry trends. This presented what were essentially the worst aspects of city driving as we moved in bursts of about a quarter mile at a time, reaching speeds only in the mid 30s before being forced to lurch back to a stop. That is because of the hills and gas here in sw Michigan. Our professional team of reporters have many years of experience covering the latest cars, trucks, upcoming new-car launches and car shows. The readout for the stereo system appears on a thin screen mounted along the top edge of the center stack and dashboard. Some old school truck buyer might question the ability of the EcoBoost V6 to conduct itself like an American V8 but with fuel economy figures topping the 20mpg range on the highway in real world testing, the Ford F150 EcoBoost 4x4 makes good on all of the promises made by Ford Motor Company. The speed limit fluctuated between 55 and 65 miles per hour but the hills decreased the fuel economy into the range of 17-18 miles per gallon.
Ford has played up the big, boxy look of the F-150 in recent years and it is much better looking in my opinion than the soft-edged, melting-in-the-sun rounded look of the previous generation. The Final Word After my second time in a 2012 Ford F150 powered by the EcoBoost V6, I have found that not only can the twin turbocharged V6 do anything that a V8 can but it can also reach incredible fuel economy figures when it is not under heavy load. Ford has had the best-selling domestic pick-up truck for a very long time, but their engineers have not rested on their backsides, letting the competition gain on their success. The styling comes in the details like the large grille opening with lots of horizontal bars and body-coloured surround. With the brake pedal pressed, sensors detect if the vehicle is on a slope and the system is automatically activated.
Performance: Ford offers a variety of engine packages for the F-150, from a 3. Four small gauges reside above an information display and are framed at either end by the large tachometer and speedometer. This went on until we were well south of Detroit and as we neared the Ohio Turnpike, our fuel economy figures were hovering around a disappointing 16 miles per gallon but I am admit that my frustration with the stupid traffic caused me to drive in a manner that was less than idea for achieving great fuel economy. With the use of small turbos, there is no noticeable lag in power because they spool up to speed very easily. During this drive, I made regular gas stops along the way to test the actual fuel economy figures based on gallons of gas used and miles driven. Do you think with this now it would be safer to venture out without worrying about the gas and hills. While cruising on the highway, the EcoBoost V6 has absolutely no audible drone in the cabin and even when you thrust the EcoBoost into passing gear, the truck is still surprisingly quiet.
During the early stages of my trip, the 2012 Ford F150 4x4 with the EcoBoost V6 was averaging less than 14 miles per gallon when dealing with the frustrating stop and go traffic on I94 and I75 around the Detroit area. . . . . . .
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