Ford F-150 3.0L Turbo Diesel V6 Named Best Engine by Wards Auto

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For fuel economy & performance, there is no diesel powertrain that got the job done better than the F-150.

Once again, the Ford F-150 takes home top honors from Wards Auto annual Top 10 Best Engines. Last year, the F-150’s twin-turbo V6 grabbed the top spot. This year the top engine went to the 2019 F-150’s 3.0L DOHC Turbo diesel V6.

Wards cited its fuel economy, durability, and superior performance.

Wards said of the engine: “The smooth, quiet 3.0L PowerStroke V6 available since June in the Ford F-150 earns a 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines trophy for its workman-like disposition, eager to do a good job, without complaint.”

2019 Ford F-150

Wards was especially impressed with the tuned elastomeric damper that reduces engine vibrations. They also praised the forged steel crankshaft, aluminum pistons, and die-cast structural oil pan that provided superior noise control.

“What clinches it for the Wards judges is the 26 mpg (9.0 L/100 km) we observed while logging about 800 miles in an F-150 SuperCrew 4×2.” Wards said. “That’s the best fuel economy we’ve ever seen in a fullsize pickup.”

“This is the best mainstream V-6 diesel I’ve ever driven,” editor Drew Winter wrote on his scoresheet. “Smoother and quieter than anything we’ve tested in a luxury car such as a Mercedes, Audi, BMW or Jaguar, or a comparable pickup. Credit sophisticated combustion engineering and a 10-speed transmission.”

Hey, it’s good to be king.

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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications.

The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

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