Ford Announces Fuel Economy for 2018 F-150 Power Stroke Diesel
Most Efficient Configuration Hits 30 MPG
In addition to best-in-class towing and payload, Ford can also add best 1/2-ton pickup fuel economy to its trophy case, because the 2018 F-150 Power Stroke diesel has been rated at a max of 22 city/30 highway/25 combined mpg (presumably with two-wheel drive). That EPA-estimated fuel efficiency is not only tops in the fullsize pickup class, it also matches the efficiency ratings of the midsize Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel.
The 2018 F-150 achieves such numbers thanks to its 3.0L turbodiesel V-6, branded a Power Stroke but sharing much with the Ford-developed oil burner found under the hood of some Land Rover and Jaguar products. In the pickup, the V-6 makes 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, eclipsing the 240 hp and 420 lb-ft produced by the Ram 1500’s EcoDiesel V-6. The Ford also gets a standard ten-speed automatic, while the Ram makes do with an eight-speed, hampering its fuel economy just slightly. In its most efficient form (an aero-enhanced EcoDiesel HFE), the 2018 Ram 1500 musters a still impressive 21/29/24 mpg, but it’s no longer the fuel economy champ.
The Ford is also a bit better at hard work than the Ram, numbers-wise: The F-150 Power Stroke is capable of towing 11,400 pounds and hauling 1,940 pounds of stuff in the bed (2,020 pounds for fleet applications). Ram doesn’t quite match volley with the 2018 1500 EcoDiesel’s 9,210-pound towing and 1,600-pound hauling cap, though we’ve yet to hear official ratings for the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
Both big trucks handle tough work a bit better than the only other light-duty diesel entrants on the pickup scene, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. The midsize GM twins, powered by a 2.8L Duramax I-4 with 181 hp and 369 lb-ft, are capable of towing 7,700 pounds and hauling 1,513 pounds in their hardest-working forms.
Regardless of which route the buyer takes, we’re now spoiled for choice when it comes to light-duty pickups. With a range of conventional V-8s, economical V-6s, torquey diesels, and fast-spinning turbocharged gasoline engines, there’s a wealth of options out there for those in the market for a truck. And it’s only going to get better: The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is on its way, and GM is getting into the 1/2-ton diesel game as well with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, which will be available with a very intriguing 3.0L Duramax I-6 that was developed in-house.
So even though Ford has thrown down the efficiency gauntlet with the 2018 F-150 Power Stroke, it’s very clear that the company shouldn’t rest on its laurels too long.