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2011 Ford F-150 V-6: First Drive Page 2

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2011 Ford F-150 XL

A projected best-in-class fuel economy figure won't hurt the V-6's chances of wooing truck drivers up a class from the mid-size Dakotas, Tacomas and Frontiers of the world. Given last year's base F-150 fuel economy of 15/22 mpg and the Toyota Tundra's best figures of 15/21 mpg, we're betting Ford has pegged the F-150 V-6 fuel economy at 16/22 mpg or more. Is it easily achieved with a light payload? Our indicated 22 mpg on a short mixed-cycle drive seems to line up with those figures.

Without many cosmetic changes--save for some rejiggered trim lines, a new 4-inch LCD panel on the instrument cluster that adds some customizable features to the tripometer and other basic functions--the F-150's angle here simply is to cut fuel use, and to bring the best-selling truck in America into line with coming fuel-economy rules. On paper, and under foot, it feels like it's hit its targets with cargo room to spare.

Ford's launching four new engines this year--find out more as we cover all of them and explain which F-150 might be best for you.

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