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Ford F-150: 11/14 mpg (Raptor) -- 17/23 mpg (base V-6)
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
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
With no powertrain changes announced for the 2013 model year, the Ford F-150's gas-mileage ratings are expected to remain unchanged from last year. In some cases, they're among the best in the segment, and Ford's had great success shifting many of its buyers from thirstier V-8s into more efficient turbocharged V-6 versions.
It's better than most pickups--and acknowledges the reality that even small improvements in pickup-truck efficiency mean huge reductions in fuel usage, since the F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in America.Back in 2011, Ford updated the entire powertrain lineup in the F-150, replacing a modular V-8 with a pair of V-6s and a pair of 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. There's a new 2013 Ram 1500 V-6 with an eight-speed automatic coming soon, too, and its promised fuel economy numbers are exceptional. Once it's rated by the EPA, we'll update this section to reflect any changes.
EcoBoost F-150s have excellent gas mileage and performance, and now account for almost half of the truck's sales.