Review: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat EcoBoost 4×4

By Kevin Gordon

I have heard that the first step to beating an addiction is admitting that you have one. Automotive sales prove that Americans have an addiction to full size pickup trucks. Recent fuel prices have pushed some potential truck buyers into withdrawal as they make more fuel efficient choices. Since full size pickups still drive enormous sales numbers even with gas above $4.00 a gallon (in the US) the challenge is to keep sales high as gas prices continue to rise. As a result, manufacturers have attempted a number of strategies to push up their MPG numbers. Some use packages that push up their economy numbers and others have gone so far to deploy hybrid drivetrains. Ford took a new approach and put a small displacement direct injected V6 with two turbos into the 2011 F-150 and have branded it the F-150 EcoBoost.

During my time with the truck I found myself describing the engine to people who knew nothing about the motor as a diesel design that runs on gasoline. I was shocked at how many well informed “car guys” had no clue what this motor was. I have know about it since it was a very early rumor on the Internet and have spent an unhealthy amount of time watching it progress into a mass produced product. This includes all of and also their seemly relentless advertising during televised auto races. While it might strange to say that this engine is using diesel technology, with direct injection, water cooled turbos, and a slight whistle while boost builds, it isn’t a giant leap. So has Ford changed the truck game and allowed buyers to fulfill their jones for a full size pickup without the pump penalty? Hit the jump to find out.

F-150 EcoBoost V6

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Before I get to all of the details, allow me to pull back the curtain a bit and share with you the struggle I had while outlining my thoughts about this truck. I can only promise that it isn’t my intention to endlessly gush, but after spending a significant amount of time behind the wheel of the 2011 F-150 EcoBoost I can honestly say that there are few better ways to spend $47k (that is sticker, with some negotiation the true cost would be closer to $40k) on an automobile. It might not be the greenest choice, but if you ever need to move something larger than a lawn chair there may be nothing better than this full size pickup. I just can’t think of another place you can get this much leather, steel, power, and technology for the price. As a car to take family vacations in, the amount of rear seat leg room affords the ability to easily manage car seats while still having the ability to store things on the rear floor and in the bed. As a daily commuter, the truck provides luxury levels of refinement and comfort. It is so good that I managed to convert quite a few people who previously thought that full size pickups were useless, and that a full size SUV was the thing to have, into agreeing that it would be the large family vehicle to own.

With that warning, I think it is only fair to balance it with the bad news. First, the headlights on the F-150 are severely underpowered and do not do a sufficient job of lighting the road ahead. Even with the fog lights lit, I found myself constantly over driving the low beams, to flick on the high beams only to grumble that they provide almost no more illumination. Next, at this price point there were two things missing from this truck. First, it didn’t have any kind of running board or tubular step bar. I realize that this is only an option check away, but in a truck this tall, at this level of trim, they should be included. It took shorter passengers some instruction on how to gracefully enter the truck. The simplest solution to this problem is to buy the next version up (the Platinum model) and get the power deployable running boards typically found on Lincoln models as part of the package. Second, Ford needs to improve their bed management in their F-150 range. The fact that you only get four tie-down points in the bed is a noticeable omission from their option list. I own a fishing kayak and took it on a few trips during my time with the truck. By the end of my test period I found myself wishing there were more options to keep cargo secured in the back of the truck. The third part of this package that was less than ideal was the lack of engine braking and sound from the EcoBoost motor, but more on that later. Finally, the interior of the F-150 is greatly improved compared to their previous models and current competitors, but during times of warm weather the contrast in temperature between the hot dashboard and cool air conditioning cause a noticeable squeak in the main panel that covered the gauge pod.  And with that out of the way, here is the good news:  even with these shortcomings, this truck proves that Ford can compete with the world best manufacturers and win.

F-150 Front Quarter ViewThe primary thing that I wanted to discover during my time with this new motor/truck combination was if it managed to motivate this this large truck while improving on the low-teen miles per gallon typically experienced in full size trucks. When the truck was delivered with Ford’s max tow package I had to question if I could the truck was going to represent itself fairly. The max tow package equips the F-150 with the shortest ratio rear axle available on a standard F-150 which is more focused on pulling power and not highway efficiency. After putting more than 1000 miles on the odometer I think I have a pretty solid understanding of what one can expect out of this truck/motor combination.

Here is the result: I drove the truck for a total of 1,022.4 miles. During that time I burned 59.1 gallons of 87 octane resulting in an average of 17.3 miles per gallon across the entire trip. The truck was running for a little over 34 hours to travel this many miles, which means I averaged a measly 29.2 miles per hour. The important part of this number is that it shows that these were very mixed driving conditions, there was a lot of city, and stop and go driving as well as longer highway blasts. This trip also included towing a mid-sized trailer for 70 of the miles. Since most of the highway driving in my area has a 65 MPH speed limit, most clear highway travel was a closer average to 75. The difference in fuel economy between 55-60 and 65-70 is substantial. Instant fuel economy readings during steady state highway travel in the 60 MPH range showed at about 21.5 miles per gallon while travel at 70 MPH dropped that number to around 19 MPG. Here again is where that shorter rear end made a difference. At 70 MPH, the engine is spinning much more than required to move the truck through the air. I have to believe that a truck equipped with a 3.55 or 3.31 rear would improve economy a few tenths on all of these numbers. A few tenths of a mile per gallon might not sound like a lot, but in some cases it could add up to a five percent improvement. A small gain like that over the long life of a truck would be substantial. The economy of the truck is impressive; the best mixed driving number I have experienced in a truck with this much power previously ranged around 14 MPG. The fact that this truck can come close to the real world fuel economy of my wife’s Honda Pilot points that something special is happening here.

2011 F150 Productivity CenterI made sure to attempt some towing with the truck, since otherwise I’d be wasting this F-150’s max tow package. This package equips the truck with a 3.73 ratio axle, large manually extendable towing mirrors, and a trailer brake controller. I understand why this is an option, as this package is what allows Ford to claim a 11,300 lbs load number for the EcoBoost motor, but unless you’re towing something close to to 10,000 lbs, I would recommend something with a taller final drive. With that said, the truck tows beautifully. The backup camera with zoom makes connecting a snap, and once hooked up, the trailer brake controller is simple to adjust.  In addition, the ability to store multiple trailers in memory would be a real convenience if you frequently switched between trailers.

The information center gives a good level of detail about what is happening behind you as well. I didn’t necessarily challenge the truck while towing a 20’ enclosed featherlite trailer loaded with approximately 3000 pounds of used wheels and tires, but it did give me a clear impression that Ford has done their homework ensuring that both truck and engine are capable of moving large loads. To be honest, having a few extra thousand pounds behind the truck really didn’t change the personality the way it drives. I believe a lot of this credit is due to the electric power steering  (EPS) in the F-150. The steering remains well weighted with a trailer and its ability to compensate for a cross wind is proof that EPS is useful for more than just saving fuel. I remember towing in an older Toyota Tundra that was greatly unsettled by mid corner bumps while braking downhill. Here again, Ford’s sway control managed to keep things controlled and smooth while I jerked, braked, and generally did things you’re not supposed to while towing. The only major shortcoming of towing with the EcoBoost is a general lack of engine braking. The transmission, while in tow haul mode, does a good job of downshifting while descending hills, but the little V6 just doesn’t do a lot to slow the progress of the truck. Here again, there is more good news, the braking system of the 2011 F-150’s provided the most solid pedal I have experienced in a Ford truck and it appears as if the brakes could take quite a bit of punishment before cooking themselves.

2011 EcoBoost Rear Quarter ViewBraking capability is important in something this big that is as quick as it is. The EcoBoost isn’t a tire shredder from idle, but once a bit of boost builds it pulls with a strong and quiet authority. However, I have it on good authority that burnouts are possible in an F-150 EcoBoost. While in motion, the turbos feel instantly ready to respond regardless of speed or RPM. Highway passing takes no planning; just mash the gas and you are instantly gaining speed. It is rare that in something this large, pulling around this much weight, you find yourself merging into traffic at a higher rate of speed than it is traveling, but that is how authoritatively it gains speed. Think Rolls Royce Ghost, not Mustang GT, but it always accomplishes its goal. Here is a minor gripe: the engine just doesn’t make any noise. In some ways, this adds to a refined experience, but leaves the enthusiast a little wanting. If you crack the windows you can hear the turbos spool and it is an intoxicating noise. Also, during full throttle acceleration there is a nice little burble during the shift between first and second. It is similar to what you get from a direct shift turbo BMW, but so muted you really need to listen to hear it.   It will be interesting to see what the aftermarket does with this truck. Someone will be greatly improving this motor’s soundtrack.

The truck is far from a sports car, but with the excellent power steering and a solid chassis it is capable of being pushed on a back road with some feedback making back to the driver about what is happening around him or her. With traction control fully disabled (thank you Ford for making this possible) it is more than possible to play with the rear end on damp roads. Ride is good for a full size truck that is capable of pulling 10,000 pounds. Over choppy roads, an the unloaded rear it will bounce and stutter from time-to-time. Still, it manages as well at the last Dodge Ram that I drove, and that truck has abandoned leaf springs for rear coils to improve its ride. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to test the 4×4 capabilities, other than to slip the truck into and out of four wheel drive while driving on hard-packed sand.

2011 Ford F-150 Lariat InteriorOnce you’ve climbed into the high driver’s seat of the Lariat level trim spec truck, the driver is greeted with good quality leather seats. Ford has done a good job of balancing comfort for a wide Americans without being so flat you feel like you’re going to fall out of the door (I’m looking at you, Toyota). This tester was equipped with the heated/cooled seat option, which at $995 is a worthwhile option if you live anywhere that temperatures exceed 90 degrees F. The center stack was fitted with light-colored fake wood that received mixed reactions, and the dash is covered in rawhide grain-imprinted vinyl. It isn’t going to fool the connoisseur, but they have made an effort to provide a pleasant place to spend some time. Against that standard, they have accomplished their goal. With the ability to power adjust the pedals and the seat and to manually adjust the tilt and telescope of the steering wheel it would be a challenge to be in an uncomfortable driving position. I took a few two- hour trips and never found myself uncomfortable or needing a break for a stretch. Speaking of stretching, if you’ve never experienced the rear seat of a modern four door F-150, take the time to visit one. Rear seat leg room borders on excessive. With a rear facing child seat installed, my older daughter was still capable of walking behind the drivers seat adjusted for my six foot frame. The seat bottoms also fold up, leaving a completely flat rear floor, with the exception of the Sony branded sub-woofer on the passenger side floor.

Also installed on this truck was the Sony Navigation Radio with Ford Sync. We have spent a lot of time talking about how excellent Sync is, so I will not repeat that praise here, but I do feel like it is important to talk about the stereo/infotainment system in the truck. Ford’s Sony stereo system has managed to strike a good balance of being loud, providing good separation, while maintaining clarity that competing Bose, JBL, and Rockford systems can’t quite match. One important note for drivers: turn off speed sensitive volume compensation. Ford’s system suffers for the same problem as almost every other manufacturer, the EQ settings that these speed sensitive system use distort bass so badly that they ruin the quality of music.

F-150 Navigation InterfaceThe navigation interface is a good one and would leave an owner of a new Ford Explorer with MyTouch wanting. There are a lot of buttons, but they provide clear paths to commonly used features and can be operated in gloves. The best part is that there are knobs for volume and tuning. From a user interface perspective, nothing works like controls that are universally understood and can be found and operated by touch. Additionally, most features can be operated by redundant steering wheel buttons, or by voice commands. On the steering wheel there is also a four way toggle button that controls a 4.2” screen between the speedo and tach which Ford has named the Productivity Center. Here, a driver can see vehicle information, fuel economy, off-road data, and towing information. I frequently left it on the instant mile per gallon bar graph, which does a decent job of coaching to be light on the gas.

With the EcoBoost Ford hasn’t completely changed the fuel economy game, but they have taken a step in the correct direction. People craving full size truck goodness can now have it with less of a penalty while being rewarded with class-leading torque and towing. This is Ford showing that they know how to build the best selling full size truck. They take a package that works, and iteratively improve it. So for those whose who need a half ton pickup for work or hobbies, the F-150 EcoBoost is a required test drive. Those who just have come to be psychologically dependent on the convenience of a large vehicle with a bed that can actually carry items that would foul the interior of your full size SUV, take a serious look at the F-150 EcoBoost.

Author: Kevin Gordon

Kevin is Techshake's owner and Editor-in-Chief, responsible for setting the overall strategy and editorial direction of Techshake. He's also the primary contributor to Techshake's YouTube channel ( where you can find a comprehensive library of new-car reviews.

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  1. While I like the idea of a good v6 in a pickup, I can promise you I would much rather have the 5.0 V8 instead of EcoBoosted V6!

    I like getting good fuel miliage but being realiable is more important to me when payin g$40,000 for a pickup, dont think the V6 will be only a few miles per gallon better!

    Now lets say the V6 is getting 23 and the V8 is getting only 14 then thats a different story! Plus Dodge is advertising their Hemis getting 20!I agree Ford needs to get higher gear ratios on 4/4 pickups!

    Really like the style and interior of the new Ford!!!

  2. Great review. Now go buy one! ha! I did and I love it. The EB is really something else, and I don’t miss engine breaking or the extra noise. The torque makes me smile every time I’ve had to punch the throttle to get moving… I’ve NEVER driven a truck with this kind of punch. I highly recommend the EB. .. and I bought a Lariat

  3. RobM – Stay tuned. We took your advice and added one as a long term test truck.

  4. Here’s what the V8 lovers don’t get… It’s not about the fuel economy, it’s about the power. The EcoBoost will smoke the 5.0L, beat the 6.2L, and do so even more convincingly if you live/drive at altitude.

    The fact that it does it while *still* getting better gas mileage is the icing on the cake.

    Great overall review… Agree on almost all counts. Though I think complaining about running boards is pretty silly. I wen’t out of my way to find a truck without them so I could put N-Fab’s on.

    And I love the “super quick and super quiet” aspect as well!

  5. Like Charles I thought I was a die hard V8 guy until I drove an Ecoboost. But it’s not just the power, it’s the RPM range that you GET the power. Honestly after the Eco test drive I was sold and didn’t even drive a V8. I have a friend that just bought a 5.0 SuperCab because he “liked the sound”. I’ll take the power over the sound and the little bit better MPG is icing on the cake. But like Kevin said, the headlights suck! At first I thought they just weren’t working properly then I discovered that’s as good as it gets. I have to do something about the lights because I can’t live with that. Most of my night driving is winding mountain roads.

  6. Why do people think sound is important? The quieter the better in my book.

    The lights aren’t what they could be, but I find they are adequate. Certainly room for improvement here though.

  7. Still a die hard V8 guy!!!!

    You dont get much more power or tons better fuel mileage than the V8!!!

    I think Ford made a big mistake by going to overhead cam engines for trucks!

    If they had pushrod engines they would not have to have ecoboost they could have cylinder deactive like Chevy and Dodge would be a better and simplier alternative!

    The 5.0 V8 has enough power for me, without having to worry about turbos!

  8. I bought an ecoboost and the gas milage is ok, 17.6 combined, the power is great, but i’m having serious problems out of the electronics on board. 3 months in ford has replaced a shorted battery and the dealer who is a blue oval can’t find the problem with the backup camera, that go’s fuzzy and go’s blue screen, the setting stopped working ( zoom, backup ass. lines, depth notifacations sounds) and i’m not able to turn them off or on. when the seatbelts are left off the sound system is supposed to shut off it does’nt work anymore.
    I love the truck but Ford has some way to go on their eletronics and that makes me wonder about the NEW drive system now, I hope I did’nt make a $43,000.00 mistake.

  9. I also thought I’d miss my V-8 soundtrack. Traded the ’08 in for an ’11 pretty much the day after I noticed it on the lot. Gotta say the power and speed of this truck are nothing short of amazing. How can something this big be THAT fast!! (I have an XLT screw 4X with the 6.5′ bed) Part of not getting the advert mpg is because the torque curve is just that addictive.

    That being said, I do have a couple of gripes. The rear view camera is not as nice as the ’08, despite having zoom features. The center line (if you use the lines for hooking up, which are nice) is so thick it blocks the hitch and ball and you can’t see what you’re hooking up to anyway. The ’08 had a thinner line. Minor gripe, just send the kid back there or don’t use those guide lines.

    I have the LT tires so I thought it would tow nice and solid, but it doesn’t. We’ve got a 28′ Jayco so loaded up it’s about 5500lbs, and any cross wind and I’m sawing at the wheel more than I’d care to. Anti sway on or off doesn’t make a diff. PSI jacked up to 50 in the rears, but only 45 in front. Maybe that’ll do it. Trailer as level as I can get it too. The ’08 never felt as wiggly and it had P rated tires. I personally wonder if it isn’t the electric PS that’s the issue. Or maybe the tires are crap, they feel under inflated, but they’re not. Crossing the center crown when the truck is empty gives you that sensation that each tire is crossing it on it’s own time…like the rear of the chassis isn’t connected to the front. Very discomforting anyway. Probably why it tows like shi7. Oh it’s got lots of get up and go with the trailer, but it sure doesn’t instill any confidence at anything north of 60 mph.

    I’m sure I’ve got more…but I’ll save it for another time. See how the long termer you guys picked up goes.

  10. Redstuff – nice set of comments. Question for you, how is your trailer loaded? I know you said it is as level as possible, but it sounds to me like it is a little tongue heavy. I’m asking because I was surprised at how well the truck towed with the electric power steering. Even dragging a trailer across bay bridges didn’t really upset the truck. You could tell the trailer was there, but I wouldn’t say I was white knuckling it. Keep us posted.

  11. My husband and I just bought a Black Lariat EcoBoost 4×4 last night, We LOVE IT!!!!!!
    Love the power, the Luxury, Roomy Cab and all the High Tech Bells and Whistles (my husband is a huge techie & he was super impressed). : )

  12. I got mine back in June. I went with the FX4 with the all the goodies and a 6.5 foot box. I put a leveling kit on and 33×12.5 rubber. Let me say the EB does not like those one bit I get 16MPG on the highway at 60mph and when I load up the box with 1300lbs I get 11MPG… I love my truck but the EB gas tank doesn’t like towing nor hauling. I have 8000 miles on her so she is past her break in.

  13. Hi, Is anyone getting over 20 mpg with this truck?…if you have a light foot? By that, I mean that you get can even get crappy fuel economy with a civic if you stomp on the pedal at every stop light. I would like an Ecoboost if someone could tell me they will get better than average fuel economy. Thanks!

  14. I purchased my 2011 Supercrew Cab XLT EcoBoost 4X4 a couple of weeks ago and have over 1,300 miles on it. This is the first Ford I have purchased in over 30 years but so far I love almost everything about the truck. The performance is unbelievable. The best mileage I have gotten on the highway is 17.3 at 70 miles per hour using the cruse control. It towed my 20 ft. trailer with about 6,000 pounds as easily as my 2009 Dodge diesel and averaged 10.5 MPG.

  15. Gas tank is too small and the off road package is too stiff! Otherwise, I drive this more than my Lexus

  16. Question for Joe H.

    I’m having the same fuzzy camera issue as well as a few others such as remote start settings turning it self off. Are you using a flash drive in the USB port? I think this may be the cause. Not possitive but always seems to happen when mine is plugged in and happens at random times.

  17. Mike. Check out our long term truck updates. As of 5000 miles we’re having the issue where the grid lines/distance markers are no longer appearing after restarting the truck. Our larger issue is that at night the rear view monitor is not switching to (what I call) “high contrast” mode. Are you having the same issue? Keep me posted because I would like to take this issue back to Ford with a few other examples. Thanks.

  18. Hi kevin, Problems I still have at 6800 mi are the fuzzy camera when ever it wants to, Toe and heel tire wear at 6000 mi. and my transmission was tore down and nothing found wrong. It was banging and jumping on the down shift from 6-5 then after the tear down at fourth and third on down shift and slip and grap on the up shift with lite throttle. Dealer reflashed computer and seems ok now but still have a whine sound in lower gears under light throttle that showed up with the tranny problems. I loose the rear view lines in the camera as you say it is shutting it self off. My remote start has also shut it self off at the same time. No mirror problems that I noticed side mirror looks blueish at night rear view seems normal.

  19. High contrast at night? Didnt know that I can’t see anything and have to ride the brake light with the left foot to help light things up. I have heard of others replacing back up light bulbs with brighter ones.

  20. I just upgraded from a 5.4 Lariat to a 2011 EB. I do miss the sound from the 5.4. EB is just to quiet. Power,,,easy steering,,,,
    All the above mention extras are great. Cost, excessive but the driving and riding sort of easy the pain. Would I do it over, No, cost to much. All the upgrades, Super.
    I would ask for some engine sound…..

  21. Mike

    Did you say it only got 10.5 miles to the gallon pulling a 20 ft trailer? i will be hauling a 20 ft trailer almost 100%, if this is all it gets for milage I would not be interested. That is not much better then my 99 silverado.

  22. Hi Guys!
    Merry Christmas!

    Bought my 2011 Ford Lariat EB in August!
    Lots of Rebates & Bought it for $35,000!
    This truck is the Best! I get an average of 25 mpg Yup! That’s right! It’s comfortable and the heated seats are HOT! I love this truck!
    Great Price too! It’s Black with a Black Jason Fiberglass cover! This thing looks AWESOME! BEEFY! Always getting compliments on it! Thanks Once again Ford! Great Truck!

  23. The Head Light issue# ihad my eb Two days b4 igot it leveled out. But after igot it leveled it seems like every body I meet on the road at night flashes there high beems at me. Any ford man knows when you drive with your fog lights on, and your high beems aren’t on.

  24. I added 8000K HID head lights and fog lights on my f150

  25. Excellent review. So glad to hear the engine is quiet. We don’t really get why anyone would want the engine to be loud — we like to be able to converse or hear music without engine noise interference. Maybe it is just a guy thing.

    Anyway, trying to decide between the EB and the 5.0 v8. The EB sounds amazing, but we’ve been reading sites that are warning about possible longevity issues due to carbon buildup.

    Not sure what to get at this point…

  26. I had purchased an 11 4×4 crew with 6.5 bed ecoboost. In stock form on the highway I get between 20 to 23 highway, depending on conditions. I make a trip from tennesse to florida once a month. My best was 24.7 going from tennessee to florida, and that’s mostly down hill. On the way back I get 19.6 to 21. On my last trip I had a new set of 20 inch rims and nitto highway grapplers. Fuel economy went to 19.5 to19.8. And this was all at posted speed limits. In the city it sucks!!! And I think its because your always in and out of the turbos, this week I installed 4 inch exhaust, my city milage improved but my highway went back to 22 with a leveling kit and 20 inch rims and tires. The engine is friggin amazing. I have always been a v8 man but this ecoboost technology has made me a fan! Let’s be realistic, a truck is a truck, I want diesel power without the cost of upkeep and fuel prices. Ford hit a home run with the ecoboost in my book. Screw the warranty, with just the exhaust I gained 40 hp and got back the milage, and you won’t overspeed the tubos by leaving on the cats.

  27. Andy, you are getting some amazing mileage. Have any pictures to share of that 4″ exhaust or even better any clips of the way it sounds? We would love to see/hear it. Kevin

  28. I don’t think that the carbon buildup issues are much to worry about. If anything, make sure you run name brand gas. I have owned turbocharged subarus that did get some intake buildup from non-brand gas. Everyone says it is the same, but subaru techs say differently.

  29. Mike, Ford has admitted that there is an issue with the backup camera. At night it should almost go into a night vision mode (the color disappears and it appears to be black and white). If you’re not seeing that it might be worth a visit to your dealer.

  30. L. Scott, let us know how things are going and if you are still happy with everything. Thanks!

  31. I think the v6 is just a gernade wait to blow they are pushing to much power out of the small motor. It’s just a matter of time until rods start coming out threw the sides of the block

  32. @Matt – you certainly raise a valid concern, but Ford very publicly endurance tested at least one of these engines and it held up well. They dismantled the test engine at the Detroit auto show in public, which was a pretty bold step.

  33. i have been reading some of these comments about the ford f150’s different engines. I did some research and the 3.5 l ecoboost v6 is better than the 5.0 l v8 in every way because it has more horsepower, more torque ,larger towing capacity, and most important better gas milage.

    the 3.5 l ecoboost v6 has 365 hp, 420 of torque, it can tow 11,300 lb max. ,and the gas milage is rated for the:
    4*2- 16city/22hwy
    4*4- 15city/21hwy

    the 5.0 l v8 has 360 hp, 380 ft. lb. of torque, it can tow 10,000 lb. max., and the gas milage is rated for the
    4*2- 15city/21hwy
    4*4- 14 city/19hwy

  34. the 3.5 l ecoboost v6 is better than the 5.0 l v8 but its not as good as the 6.2 l v8

  35. I bought my Supercrew 4×4 F150 back in December, I drove the 5.0 and the EB, the EB beat the 5.0 hands down. My Ecoboost has almost 6,000 miles on it now. 3,000 of that was driving from Camp Pendleton, Ca to Camp Lejeune, NC (via Texas) towing 5,500 lbs. I started with about 2,000 miles on the truck leaving California. I noticed that the fuel economy got better as I racked up some miles. The truck was getting between 12 and 14 MPG towing, depending on the hills. The most impressive thing was setting the cruise at 70 and letting the truck do its thing. 4%-6% grades across California, Arizona and Texas and the truck never waivered more than 2-3 MPH. It would just down shift one gear and keep rolling. I was impressed with the ability to step on the throttle and it just kept on pulling in the passing lane, every time. I monitored the tranny temp the entire trip and the cooler did a great job of keeping it around 195-200 day and night. There were times where this truck ran for 2 and 3 hours straight at 70 mph towing 5,500 lbs and never a gripe.

    I am really getting 22+ MPG on the highway if I set the cruise and let it run at 65. Now, that said, it does depend on the terrain, NC is really flat and it helps out. The engine does like to spool up and get stable then the mileage really steadies out and does ok. I love the power and the fact that its almost silent, it freaks people out when they try to shut you out on an entrance ramp for example and you just walk away from them….quietly (and REALLY QUICKLY!)

  36. Clint, we are glad you are enjoying your EcoBoost. A few questions for you: What rear end ratio do you have? We have played with the idea that moving to a 3.55 from our 3.73 might improve highway economy. We’ve also heard that the truck makes it to 60 quicker with the slightly taller rear end. Also, do you have a backup camera? If so, does it go into a higher contrast mode (almost night vision looking) at night?

  37. I have an interesting combo in the truck, I have the 3:55 rear end in the 7200lb truck, equipped with traler brakes etc. It drops the max tow to 9800 lbs in the book. It is very quick and the drive train combo seems to keep the engine right in the strongest part of the torque curve.

    I do not have the back up camera.

    One of the most intersting things I have noticed is how quickly the transmission shifts through the gears, especially 1-3, from a stop. It will be in 3rd by the time you get across an intersection, if you aren’t lead footin’ it. The gearbox has a similar feel to the one in the Powerstroke trucks, in the manner of shift. It keeps the engine loaded with out big rpm drops. I believe (not confirmed) this is meant to keep the engine speed and in turn the boost level more constant and controlled. If you loose engine rpm you would see more turbo lag in the acceleration I think.

  38. I just bought an EB Platium. I have had a few problems with it and it’s just two months old.

    The one was a sensor that was bad and it was coating the tail pipe with black carbon. I had it replaced and it is still doing it. Took it back to the dealer and they reprogramed the comp.
    Now the gas mileage has gone from 18 on the hwy to 15 on the hwy at 70mph.

    I am not real happy with the EB. The truck has 2500 miles on it the dealer says it has to have 6000 to 10000 miles on it for better gas mileage.

  39. I am closing in on 10,000 on the truck. I have spent some higway time and more towing time. On the highway I am getting 22 mpg if I keep it around 65 with the cruise on, even running it hard going up to Virginia, lot of accelerating up and down and speeds in the high 80’s, I still got an average of 17. I got the chance to tow an 18 ft camper, with full water tank, A/C, 3000 watt generator and a lot of personal gear. The truck did very well, the 3.55 gears are tough to use in this part of the country, the speed limits are lower and the truck has to stay in 5th gear. On the way out from California I was pulling in the 70-75 mph range and the truck seemed to like it better. But acceleration is not a problem, the little 3.5l puts out plenty of power.

    For Bill, my mileage did improve but it only took about 2000 miles to start seeing a change, the truck gets good mileage on the highway but in town, especially with the 3.55 and 4WD its nothing to yell about.

    The reality is that the mileage isn’t some miracle thing, but the power is outstanding in this engine. For a half ton pickup it does better than the Dodge or Chevy towing and hauling.
    I call it a “V8 eater”

    I’m looking at the Bully Dog programmer, specifically to use the economy program around town.

  40. Been a long time since I looked in here…

    Re my last (and first) post – turns out the towing issue I had with the thing feeling all wiggly and horrible was the brake lines on the trailer had somehow been cut. Had it in for a checkup and they totally missed that?!! How!? Maybe they did it. It towed there fine with the ’08 but when we picked it up with the ’11 it was awful. 2 months later we were leaving for the BC Rockies and the brakes on the camper stuck. Managed to find a guy to fix them, and when we looked under the trailer and noticed what was wrong…and it was all back up and going like it should, well now she towed like a dream. Straight, and easy. Wind still knocks it around a bit, but what do you expect with a 28′ travel trailer dragging behind a 20′ truck, it looks like a small train it’s so long.

    Here’s my truck on Fuelly

    I think I have one of the worst averages. Am thinking about taking the towing numbers out and adding myself a “second truck” and splitting the two – one towing, one empty.

    Have the same issue with the camera, loses the lines sometimes for no reason, still works though. Night vision sucks, bet my dealer won’t tell me if there’s an upgrade in the software for that, or a fix.

    Funny one guy mentions he does better on flat land. I found when we were in the mtns of BC that it did about 12-14 pulling the camper, whereas back on the flat prairies of Manitoba it was 8-10 – and that’s Imperial mpg, so 6-8 US mpg. Ter.i.ble. Empty in the Rockies – 22-24, and that’s at 70-75 mph. Here…yeah right, and we barely go over 65. Maybe 18 Imp mpg. Maybe I should have gotten the 3.55’s. Maybe next time.

    Do wish I had the 135 l tank. The ’11 max capacity 98l tank is a POS. What was Ford thinking? Towing with an EB or a 5.0 or a 6.2 will net you within 1-2 mpg at best of each other, shoot a 76 Lincoln with a 460 will get the same as an EB or 5.0 towing a 28′ trailer…I don’t care what it is (and I’ve got friends to prove that too!), they shouldn’t have left us early buyers screwed like that. I’d upgrade, but I’m looking at over $100 more/mo if I hand in my lease early. So I’ll probably just keep a jerry can in back from now on (we had a close call last summer on our trip – was about 30km from empty, nearest station was 20 away…bigger tank would’ve taken me there without any issues.

    Other than those few minor quibbles, the thing is awesome. So much torque…yesterday in 30 degree weather (Celcius, so hot) turning at an intersection the thing just wants to break loose and that’s barely off idle…you can hear the tires squishing against the concrete trying to break loose…it’s just kinda cool, even for this 40+ yr old kid. Makes me step in it harder…hence the terrible mileage I guess lol.

    Passing with the trailer’s a breeze now too. Get it to drop a gear or two and it’s probably as quick as the ’08 was empty. (gotta say those 5.4’s make all kinds of noise, but they don’t make any additional progress to go along with it) We were passing diesel F250-350s in the mtns. Granted they had slightly bigger trailers, 5th wheels usually, but it aint like mine is little for a 1/2 ton. Other 1/2 tons couldn’t keep up going up, but always caught up going down. Where this thing downshifts to keep your set speed, I’m sure those others just pick up 10 mph coming down. Don’t know, but assume they do. This is better because the cops always sit at the bottom right?

    That’s about it I guess…

  41. Redstuff,

    Great comment, and I’m happy to hear the towing issue was not an issue with the truck. We liked it so much we bought one to test as a long termer and all has been good so far. Keep us posted!

  42. i have a 2011 ford ecoboost.. i am not impressed with it. i loved my truck at first. and now i regret spending almost $50,000 on it. ive had it a year and within that year, its been causing me problems. and pretty much something new every month. not impressed. and definitely not impressed with the workers at the ford dealership. for one, if your not up past a certain rpm on a hill most time, it bucks alot. like its working really hard to get up over the hill. i brought the truck in to the dealership and they say that it isnt showing up in the computer so they cant fix something they dont know whats causing it. but isnt that what machanics are for? or do they just rely on a computer to tell them the problem all the time? then, ive just been driving along in town, going 40 and it sounded and felt like the stupid thing slipped out of gear. done it twice in a row.,now lately, the service advancetrac comes on, the light, and it wont go off. i press the button to turn it pff and t says off but the light is still on and it still says on my dash that its on. also when this happens, my signal lights does not work…. i have an infant baby. as far as im concerned, that is a safety issue. and they cannot do anything for me until a week and a half later. and they have no other vehicle to give me to use. really pissed about that. not everyone can afford to pay 900 a month on a vehicle especially when you have a newborn. and thats what warrenty is for.. isnt it? i really thing that ford needs to get there shit together..

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