With so many different powertrains to choose from, which F-150 engine is right for you?
Where most trucks end at two or three engines, the Ford F-150 has six--count ‘em, SIX--different engine options. That’s a lot of engines, and it can be hard to keep track of just what each one is capable of.
Lucky for us, the boys over at The Fast Lane Truck have created a handy video to keep track of all those engines.
First is the base 3.3-L Cyclone V6. At 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, it’s the least powerful engine available for the F-150, but it’s also the cheapest. It’s also not too bad on gas with an EPA fuel rating of 19/24/21 MPG, which is surprising considering it’s mated to the old 6-speed automatic, but there are better options in the lineup for pretty much whatever statistic you can think of.
Next is the 2.7-L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6. This engine is a huge upgrade from the base 3.3-L with 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. It also comes attached to Ford’s very efficient 10-speed automatic which gives it the best fuel economy of any 2WD F-150 at 20/26/22 MPG.
At only $995 to upgrade, this should really be where the F-150 starts
However, everyone who owns a truck wants a big V8. Ford offers the 5.0-L Coyote V8, with 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. That’s the same amount of torque as the 2.7-L turbo, but the little turbo can access that torque much lower in the powerband than the big V8.
That said, nothing beats V8 sound, provided you can afford the $1,995 upgrade cost.
Now we get to the larger EcoBoost engine, the 3.5-L twin-turbo V6. In non-Raptor form, this engine produces 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is great, and it gives the F-150 a max towing capacity of 13,200 lbs. Unfortunately, it’s not the most fuel efficient engine, and it costs $2,595 over base.
But it’s not as expensive as the High Output 3.5-L EcoBoost V6. Only available on the Raptor and most recently the Limited trim, the High Output V6 produces 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. There’s no denying that the F-150 with this engine is the quickest truck on the road, but prepare to spend between $60-$70 grand to own it.
Finally, Ford’s humble 3.0-L Power Stroke V6 turbodiesel offers good overall fuel economy, good overall payload and towing capacity (1,940 lbs / 11,400 lbs), and good low-end torque. Unfortunately, it’s not fast at all, and it also means you’ll need to fuel up with diesel which can be a little harder to come by.