All 2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Trucks Getting Auto Stop-Start
3.5L Trucks Join 2.7L Engine with Feature, Including New Raptor
Auto stop-start has been a common feature in European models for many years, and it’s no surprise, considering fuel can be as much as $9 a gallon in some regions. Early iterations of the technology were panned for their crude, abrupt operation, causing many drivers to instinctively override the feature. However, Ford has been able to create one of the smoothest-operating auto stop-start systems in the business, thanks to the company’s expertise with hybrid vehicles. In our experience with both the I-4 engines in the company’s cars and the 2.7L EcoBoost V-6, we found the operation of Ford’s system to be nearly as smooth as a hybrid, which is high praise indeed. Whether or not you’re a fan of this feature, if you buy a 2017 Ford F-150 with an EcoBoost V-6 engine, you won’t have a choice.
Starting with the next model year, all F-150 EcoBoost models equipped with the 2.7L or 3.5L V-6, will have the feature as standard, including the 2017 Raptor. As with the current 2.7L models, the function can be manually overridden and the truck will automatically disable the feature when in four-wheel drive or when towing. Auto stop-start has been found to improve fuel economy as much as 10 percent in congested, urban conditions, when a significant amount of time is spent waiting at stoplights or stopped on congested freeways.