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$22,100
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$23,500
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Raptors are thirsty creatures, but the base Ford F-150 and the EcoBoost V-6 versions are very economical full-size pickup trucks.
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2012 Ford F-150: 11/14 mpg (Raptor) -- 17/23 mpg (base V-6)
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Most noteworthy here is the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Obviously, this is a desperate grab for improved corporate average fuel economy, as is the six-speed automatic
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the EcoBoost will eke out an extra few miles from each gallon of (regular grade) crude pumped into the tank, both when compared to its competitors from other automakers as well as Ford's own 6.2-liter V8
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Some of the engines in Ford's 2012 F-150 lineup are the most efficient in the class--and because they account for a significant part of the sales volume of the best selling vehicle on the planet, we've given the F-150 a better green score than most full-size trucks.

Ford replaced all the engines in the F-150 lineup in the 2011 model year, with two V-6s and two V-8s. The most powerful engine found in the off-road-ready Raptor guzzles gas to the tune of 11/14 mpg--but the base six-cylinder that can replace an eight for many buyers is rated as high as 17/23 mpg, tops in big pickups. Even the turbocharged V-6, a suitable V-8 replacement for almost any need, gets an EPA-rated 16/22 mpg.

With these claims from Ford there's a technical catch: Hybrid versions of the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado are rated at 20/23 mpg. But both models are significantly more expensive than their base versions, and are sold in very limited volumes--whereas Ford says V-6 F-150s now account for almost half its full-size trucks sales.

Conclusion

Raptors are thirsty creatures, but the base Ford F-150 and the EcoBoost V-6 versions are very economical full-size pickup trucks.

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