In the engine department, buyers of the 2015 F-150 have four options to choose from. New to the F-150 nameplate is a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. This engine will also come with a stop-start system to further save fuel and is said to be comparable with “mid-range V-8s” in the power stakes thanks to turbocharging and direct-injection technologies. Fuel economy for the highway is tipped to be as much as 30 mpg.
The Ford F-150 Ecoboost in this comparison test is the outgoing model. For the next model year, Ford has prepared an all-new truck that promises a dramatic 700-pound weight loss combined with a new 2.7 liter EcoBoost as well. According to sources from Ford, the new 2.7 liter will not only produce horsepower figures that are just marginally lower than the 3.5, but will also raise the F-150's fuel efficiency to 30 mpg.
No 2015 F-150 mpg numbers have been posted as of yet but considering the new engine and the lighter weight, Ford should be able to get near 30 mpg.
- Four Wheeler Mag
But the new F-150 – which could crack the 30 mpg fuel-economy barrier
- Dallas Morning News
One dangling teaser from the Detroit show was the fuel economy rating for the F-150, with speculation that it could approach the mystical 30 mpg mark on the highway.
That would steal some thunder from the Ram, which has been touting best-in-class fuel economy of 18 city, 28 highway, and 22 combined.
- Boston Globe
With the weight reduction and subtle aerodynamic improvements, it could be enough to lift the F-150 comfortably above 20 mpg combined in the most efficient variants. In fact, Ford says it's hoping for highway economy of "close to" 30 mpg for the new 2.7--higher than any other full-size pickup to date.
-Christian Science Monitor
A 30 m.p.g. truck?
Bold moves are rare in the pickup segment, which cultivates staunch and loyal buyers. Ford had plenty of critics in 2011 when it put a turbocharged V6 in its trucks, but today 40% of buyers pay extra for the smaller EcoBoost engine.
This move is even bigger. The aluminum body makes the F-150 700 pounds lighter, which enables use of a new 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 as one of four engine choices while dropping the 6.2-liter V8. Given the sheer volume of F-150 sales — Ford sold 763,402 in 2013 — a more fuel-efficient truck will allow Ford to make huge strides to meet more stringent fuel economy standards that are phased in between 2016 and 2025.
“They might have a 30 m.p.g. truck, which would be mind-blowing,” said Phil Martens, former Ford executive and CEO of aluminum supplier Novelis. “A lot of credit goes to (CEO) Alan Mulally for the strategic decision and vision.”
- Detroit Free Press
Ford hasn't listed fuel economy numbers, but several media reports have said the new pickup could hit 30 mpg highway.
- Automotive News
The 2.7-liter V-6 will be the fuel economy leader that Ford says will be aimed at people whose lifestyle demands a pickup but they don’t necessarily need to tow much. It is refreshing to hear a truck maker take this approach and admit that not every truck needs to pull tree stumps and tow a gazillion pounds. If anyone wants to see a fullsize pickup top 30 mpg on the highway, sacrifices must be made. Physics demands it. Also, full-size pickup owners should seriously evaluate how much capability they really need. If you’re towing more than 8000 pounds regularly, perhaps a heavy-duty pickup is something you should consider in the first place. This new F-150 is going to surprise many people when its mileage numbers are announced. If I were to place an over-under bet on a 30 mpg F-150 for the highway, I’d take the over.
- Motor Trend
etc. etc. etc. There are tons of reports saying 30 mpg or close to. It may not get 30, but it is going to be real close.