• doug Posted: 5/26/2011 8:30am PDT

    Just towed my 30ft, 10500lb camper with this ford, then with a 2011 silverado 2500. Both ran around 7-8mpg but the Ford had much faster, smoother acceleration stronger hill climbing. hope it holds up

  • smarty Posted: 3/12/2011 9:48am PST

    "extra maintenance" that turbos require??? If you want your truck to last, simply be meticulous with your oil changes and use the oil Ford recommends! Back in 96 people were worried about the 4.6 in a truck cause it had overhead cams and aluminum heads! I bought one of those first Ford 97 4X4's and I put 450,000 kms on it!!! then I sold it for 8 g's, it's probably still going strong. Not too many Dodges can claim that kind of reliability!!! I'm sure not scared to buy a Ford ecoboost turbo V6... in fact I can't wait to hook one up to my 28 ft RV, and pass all the dodge and chev pickups on hills!!! Guys I talked to are getting 30 mpg with these already. Face it people, Ford is light years ahead of chev or dodge.

  • Joe Posted: 2/16/2011 11:59am PST

    Those engines you refer have such longevity because they are DIESELS not because they are turbos. The longevity of diesel engines over gas engines has never been in question. Also, diesel trucks undergo regular maintenance because they are money makers for their operators and expensive to replace. For the average driver, they won't be thinking about the extra maintenance the turbos require. You only have to look at all the turbo powered sporty cars from the last 25 years that went to early graves due to lack of proper maintenance as proof that the average driver simply does not take care of these cars like they should.

  • dojo Posted: 1/21/2011 12:35pm PST

    I have had 2 1500 Dodge HEMI and the v-6 I test drove put them to SHAME..the HEMI is JUNK and wont stand up to ANY good v-8 motor in a run...FORD DEFINATLY wins over HEMI !!1

  • Joe E. Posted: 1/14/2011 10:37am PST

    I think the real thing that scares a ram owner to death is the thought of a ford 6 banger beat that pos hemi in about every performance category and durability and the notion that his dodge will more than likely have more issues than that ford ever will if trends continue.

  • Paul D Posted: 12/29/2010 6:04am PST

    Not impressed by this. Ram 1500 HEMI V-8 has 390 HP and equivalent torque and towing with same or better mileage with MDS ( 4 cylinder/8 cylinder thing). A twin turbo in a truck scares me to death. We truck owners do not have a sports car mentality with respect to tune-ups and being tied to the dealer with respect to maintenance of such an engine. This is absolute foolishness!!!

  • David Posted: 12/13/2010 3:21pm PST

    I second the notion that that slight increase in fuel economy is nothing to brag about. What's the real world difference between the V8 and ecoboost in MPG? Very Very Little. EPA numbers are so close that in real world driving there will be no difference. And I agree this adds complexity to something that doesn't need it.

  • ChinMan Posted: 11/29/2010 5:56pm PST

    Cool burnout video. Unfortunately, it doesn't really prove a thing. I can power brake a Ranger (underpowered p o s) and get the same result. Oh well, I am sure the video was fun to make.

  • Doug Posted: 11/1/2010 10:16pm PDT

    You folks are thinking in 1980's terms. Turbo technology has come a long way in the last 20 years. Some of the most reliable and durable engines on the road are Turbo Diesels. You think 300,000 miles is impressive. That's not even middle age for an 18 wheeler turbo diesel engine. A Turbo gasoline engine will in many cases outlive a naturally aspirated model because turbocharged engines are generally over engineered for durability.The import guys for years have been tweaking turbo 4-banger and sixes and getting 2-3 times the power output with minimal loss in reliability. I have full confidence that this will be one of the great engines of our time, and once the word gets out there will no longer be a need for a V-8 in a non commercial pickup.
    P.S. All engines today are pretty complicated electronically, mechanically a turbo engine is not really complicated. Its just a couple exhaust driven compressors on your exhaust manifolds.

  • Kevin Posted: 9/29/2010 2:33pm PDT

    Nice HP/TQ numbers, but 15/21mpg is nothing to brag about. The 4.6 will last forever. A much more complicated (and expensive) twin turbo V6 will eventually need some expensive repairs. When I buy a vehicle, I expect a 15-20 year lifespan with regular maintanence. I dont think the V6 will pay for itself in the long run

  • Matt Posted: 9/28/2010 8:10am PDT

    Impressive use of high technology in this segment. I wonder how well they will hold up over the very long term. Pickups stay on the road for 20 years plus and a twin turbo V6 is a complicated beast that will not appreciate deferred maintenance; something sure to happen with these trucks when they are 10+ years old.

  • marty avatar Marty Posted: 9/28/2010 2:39am PDT

    You're so right Mlosuno. I just fixed it. Thanks.

  • Mlosuno Posted: 9/27/2010 10:37pm PDT

    @David Very true that the F150 has had a V6. My dad had an 87 Straight 6 with a 3 speed manual until the Cash for Clunkers. I think more what they are getting at here is the turbochargers on a gasoline engine more than simply the fact that it's a V6. But the way Ford has been going lately, I have full confidence in them that this engine will meet and exceed even the most stringent buyer's expectations.

  • Mlosuno Posted: 9/27/2010 10:26pm PDT

    You need to check the displacement of the Ecoboost. It's only 3.5 L. The 3.7 is only on the base V6.

  • David Posted: 9/27/2010 10:24pm PDT

    What do you mean by "are we ready for the notion of a V6 F-150"? The F-150 has always had 6 cylinder power. The model of the 1980s/90s had a 4.9L straight six, while the 1997 redesign introduced a new 4.2L V6. The V6 was only discontinued relatively recently.