The 2011 model year marks the biggest shakeup for the Ford F-150 pickup truck’s powertrain lineup in almost 62 years of production, thanks namely to the introduction of a pair of V-6 engines, one of which--due later this year--features turbocharging and direct injection technologies. Ford claims the new engine lineup boosts fuel efficiency by as much as 20 percent compared to the outgoing 2010 lineup, which would also make the 2011 Ford F-150 best-in-class in terms of fuel economy.
According to the Blue Oval, the F-150 equipped with the base 3.7-liter V-7 engine will deliver fuel economy of up to 16/23 mpg city/highway. No official numbers are out as the EPA is yet to publish its own results.
If Ford’s numbers prove accurate, however, the new F-150 will be more efficient than the current crown-holder, the 2011 Toyota Tundra V-6. The Toyota returns a claimed 16/20 mpg city/highway fuel economy. Next in line is the 2011 Dodge Ram 2WD, which returns 14/20 mpg city/highway when equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6.
Ford also expects its 2011 F-150 2WD model equipped with the new 5.0-liter V-8 to offer best-in-class fuel economy, though the difference between it and the runner up, the 2011 Toyota Tundra 2WD with a 4.6-liter V-8, will be almost negligible in real world conditions.
Either way, we will have to wait for the all important EPA results to be released before any firm conclusion can be made. In the meantime, you can check out our 2011 Ford F-150 buyers guide by clicking here.