Ford’s best F-150 engine lineup yet offers choice of top payload, towing, mileage

Updated Aug 25, 2017

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Ford has provided more details on its 2018 F-150 engine lineup and says the new power options not only increase the truck’s capability, but also its efficiency.

Notably, the new engine lineup offers customers a great deal of choice. Whether your priority is towing, payload or mileage, you can find an engine tailored to deliver.

We’ll start with the fuel efficiency gains as three of the six available engines for the new trucks have seen improvements.

First up is the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, which Ford says has seen a 1 mile-per-gallon improvement to city mileage on both 4×2 and 4×4 configurations along with a 1 mpg boost in highway and combined mileage on the 4×4. The 2.7L EcoBoost now provides the F-150 with what Ford says is a best-in-class 20/26/22 (city/highway/combined) mpg.

Meanwhile, the 3.3L V6 provides 19/25/22 on the 4×4 (an improvement of +1/+1/+2 over last year’s model) and 18/23/20 on the 4×4 (improvement of +1/=/+1). The 5L V8 gets 17/23/19 on the 4×2 ( improvement of +2/+1/+1) and 16/22/18 on the 4×4 (improvement of +1/+1/+1).

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Though the automaker has made mention of it, Ford has not yet provided details of the F-150’s new 3L diesel V6 other than to say it will be paired with a 10-speed automatic when it becomes available in the spring of 2018. However, it’s likely that this engine will be the same that is currently available in Jaguar’s Land Rover vehicles. The 3L engine that powers the Land Rover Discovery is rated at 254 horsepower, 443 lb.-ft. of torque, 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Moving on to how the new lineup improves power, Ford says the 325-hp 2.7L EcoBoost has received a 25 lb.-ft. increase in torque to bring it to 400 lb.-ft. at 2,750 rpm. For comparison, the 3.3L port fuel direct-injection V6 Ford offers with this truck is rated at 290 hp and 265 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm.

The new 5L V8 Ford is offering will give the F-150 best-in-class payload capacity, Ford says. The automaker calls the improvements to this engine for 2018 “significant,” noting that hp has increased by 10 to 395 while torque has increased by 13 to 400 at 4,500 rpm. The 2018 F-150 marks the first time that the V8 will be paired with a Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission.

If you want best-in-class towing out of your 2018 F-150, it’s best to select the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. This second-generation engine provides 13,200 pounds of towing capacity thanks to 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm and 375 hp. A high-output 3.5L EcoBoost is available at 450 hp and 510 lb.-ft. of torque.

Auto Start-Stop will be standard equipment across all models and engines.

The 2018 Ford F-150 arrives in dealerships this fall.

All-new 3.3-liter V6 delivers even more power, torque and better EPA-estimated gas mileage than the previous 3.5-liter V6, further reinforcing how Ford F-150’s light-weighting strategy enables customers to get more done with two fewer cylindersAll-new 3.3-liter V6 delivers even more power, torque and better EPA-estimated gas mileage than the previous 3.5-liter V6, further reinforcing how Ford F-150’s light-weighting strategy enables customers to get more done with two fewer cylinders