Ford Announces 2018 F-150 Gasoline Fuel Economy
Most Engines See Efficiency Uptick, 3.5L EcoBoost Tows Up to 13,200 Pounds
The 2018 F-150 has official EPA fuel economy ratings, with the most efficient gasoline engine offering 20 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg.
The owner of those impressive efficiency ratings is the F-150 4x2 equipped with a 2.7L EcoBoost V-6. Adding four-wheel drive results in a 19/24/21 mpg rating, respectable numbers for a fullsize pickup with 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Each of the 4x4’s EPA ratings (as well as the 4x2’s city rating) are up 1 mpg compared to the 2017 F-150’s 2.7L engine, an impressive feat considering the new truck also has 25 extra lb-ft of torque. A newly standard 10-speed automatic transmission helps improve efficiency, and it should provide better performance as well.
Also commendable are the 5.0L V-8’s EPA numbers. At 17 city/23 highway/19 combined mpg, the 4x2 makes better efficiency numbers than even the fuel-sipping Chevy Silverado 1500. The F-150 4x4’s 16/22/18 mpg are similarly class-leading compared to other V-8 pickups. As on the small EcoBoost engine, the 2018 F-150 5.0L V-8’s numbers are 1-2 mpg better than the truck it replaces, aided in part by the same 10-speed automatic found behind Ford’s EcoBoost engines.
Finally, the F-150’s downsized base 3.3L V-6 is more efficient than the naturally aspirated 3.5L engine it replaces, in spite of being more powerful (290 hp) and torquier (265 lb-ft). So equipped, a 4x2 pickup achieves 19 city/25 highway/22 mpg, while a 4x4 gets 18/23/20 mpg.
The expected mileage leader of the F-150 lineup, the 3.0L diesel V-6, has yet to be rated by the EPA. We can expect those numbers in November or December, closer to the powertrain offering’s launch early in 2018.
Ford’s other engine offerings, the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and its high-output variant, receive unchanged EPA ratings for 2018, having been extensively reengineered for the 2017 model year. However, the regular-output 3.5 gets an increased towing rating, at 13,200 pounds. We must admit some trepidation, as we’ve had experience towing loads near the previous F-150 EcoBoost’s limit, and it can be a nervous machine when saddled with 10,000 pounds in tow. Nevertheless, Ford’s class-leading tow rating is very impressive indeed, as those numbers were once the exclusive purview of heavy-duty pickups.
Thanks to its new powertrains, Ford can rest assured that its offerings are now among the most efficient gasoline-powered fullsize trucks on the market, with the best-in-class 2.7L EcoBoost’s efficiency ratings even outstripping smaller, less powerful machinery like the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and Honda Ridgeline. We can’t wait to see what the 3.0L Power Stroke will be able to throw down.