One of Ford's main goals was to improve fuel economy across the 2011 F-150 line. Weight reduction measures, including a switch to electric power-assisted steering and all-aluminum engines, certainly don't hurt the MPG cause. Ford anticipates a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy overall. In addition, the updated electric steering setup makes it easier to maneuver at low speeds, say, through a parking lot, and it's quick to respond on the highway without feeling twitchy.

There are plenty of other changes to the F-150 for 2011, many of which were inherited from the Super Duty range. The new TorqShift transmission has manual mode and Progressive Range Select -- you can choose what the top gear is, which can be helpful when towing -- and tow/haul mode is now standard. The gauge clusters are new, and flank the Super Duty's cool productivity screen, which shows fuel economy, off-road data, and more, based on what you choose to toggle through for the display. New features include a 110-volt outlet, telescoping steering, and HD Radio. The brakes were upgraded for the 2010 model year and stay the same for 2011; pedal response is quick and feels grabby compared with the F-150's competitors.

Official pricing hasn't been announced, but Ford hinted that there will be no change in pricing on the Lariat, for example, and that the XLT SuperCrew will cost $450 less. The 2011 Ford F-150 lineup has a lot to offer, namely more power, capability, and better fuel economy. But for the EcoBoost to be a success, two things have to happen: first, truck guys have to become convinced that these V-6s have the capability and the durability to be a better option than the V-8s they replace, and the price has to be right.


2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost
Powertrain
Drivetrain layout Front engine, RWD/4WD
Engine type 60-deg twin-turbo V-6, aluminum block/heads
Valvetrain DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
Displacement 213.3 cu in/3496 cc
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Power (SAE net) 365 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque (SAE net) 420 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Weight to power 13.6-15.8 lb/hp
Transmission 6R-80E 6-speed automatic
Axle/final ratios 3.15:1, 3.31:1, 3.55:1, 3.73:1/1.92:1, 2.02:1, 2.17:1, 2.28:1
Suspension, front; rear Control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; live axle, leaf springs
Steering ratio 17.0:1, 20.0:1 (depending on wheelbase)
Brakes, f;r 13.8-in vented disc; 13.7-in vented disc, ABS
Wheels 17-, 18-, 20-in cast aluminum
Tires 245/75R17, 255/65R17, 275/65R18, 275/55R20
111S Pirelli Scorpion ATR M+S
DIMENSIONS
Wheelbases 125.9, 144.5, 156.5, 163.1 in
Track, f/r 67.0/67.0 in
Length x width x height 213.2-250.4 x 79.2 x 74.8-76.7 in
Turning circle 41.7-52.3 ft
Curb weight 4950-5750 lb
Seating capacity 3-6
Headroom, f/r 41.0/39.7-40.3 in
Legroom, f/r 41.4/33.4-43.5 in
Shoulder room, f/r 65.9/64.6-65.4 in
Pickup box L x W x H 67.0-97.4 x 65.2 x 22.4 in
Width btwn wheelhouses 50.0 in
Payload capacity 1760-2080 lb
Towing capacity 8000-11,300 lb
CONSUMER INFO
Base price range $25,440-$48,770
Stability/traction control Yes/yes
Airbags Dual front, front side, f/r curtain
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Fuel capacity 26.0, 36.0 gal
EPA city/hwy econ Not yet rated
Recommended fuel Unleaded regular
2011 Ford F-150 6.2-liter
Base price range $42,525-$52,115
Vehicle layout Front engine, RWD/4WD, 4-6-pass, 4-door truck
Engine 6.2-liter/411-hp/434-lb-ft SOHC V-8
Transmissions 6-speed auto
Curb weight 5600-5850 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 144.5 in
Length x Width x Height 231.9 x 79.2 x 74.8-75.9 in
0-60 mph 6.5-7.1 sec (MT est)
EPA City/Hwy Fuel Econ Not yet rated
On sale in U.S. Late 2010
2011 Ford F-150 5.0-liter
Base price range $24,390-$44,575
Vehicle layout Front engine, RWD/4WD, 3-6-pass, 2+2- or 4-door truck
Engine 5.0-liter/360-hp/380-lb-ft DOHC V-8
Transmissions 6-speed auto
Curb weight 4800-5700 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 125.9-144.5 in
Length x Width x Height 213.2-231.9 x 79.2 x 74.8-75.9 in
0-60 mph 7.5 sec (MT est)
EPA City/Hwy Fuel Econ Not yet rated
On sale in U.S. Late 2010
2011 Ford F-150 3.7-liter
Base price range $23,390-$31,285
Vehicle layout Front engine, RWD/4WD, 3-6-pass, 2+2- or 4-door truck
Engine 3.7-liter/302-hp/278-lb-ft DOHC V-6
Transmissions 6-speed auto
Curb weight 4700-5350 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 125.9-144.5 in
Length x Width x Height 213.2-250.4 x 79.2 x 74.8-76.7 in
0-60 mph 8.9 sec (MT est)
EPA City/Hwy Fuel Econ Not yet rated
On sale in U.S. Late 2010

6 comments
09G8GT
09G8GT

For the first time in 30 years I am truckless although we do have an '08 Tahoe Hybrid and an '09 HHR besides the '09 Pontiac G8 GT. The eco boost V6 in a standard cab short bed would make a fine revived Lightning to build on. I don't see it being used like a real truck, though, more closely it appears to resemble the usefulness and effectiveness of a Ridgeline. It could be a nice quick little hot-shot truck for delivery companies.

aggiewoodie
aggiewoodie

I'll take the F-150 4x4 King Ranch with the Ecoboost. Everyone is a bit worried about durability- but as little as I drive, and tow, it'll be perfect for 3-5 years, even if it does prove to be less durable in the long run. My gut, though, is that it will be just as strong as any of the other engines. Ford has too much riding on it. I'm wondering what the 0-60 time will be on the EB- TT is thinking 6.7-7.4 for the 6.2L, without much more power or torque.

nortenodecorazon
nortenodecorazon

too expensive to sale in big numbers. lets see if ford can pull this one out.

ColoradoRaptor123
ColoradoRaptor123

Id love to get that Eco Boost in my Raptor. Its in the rest of the product line...and they are testing in in Baja...WHY NOT!!

Thrumcap
Thrumcap

Wouldn't it make sense to offer these engine choices in the Expedition? I have heard nothing about this...

lasvegascolonel
lasvegascolonel

Yes, indeed, people will need to be convinced a V6 will do the job AND hold up. If it's being stressed, it's life may be shortened. The other factor is, if a person pays more for this engine...how many tankfuls of gas savings will it take for the engine to pay for itself? If it's more costly than a V8, even the 5.0L, and it will take years to pay for itself, few people will want to do that, although some people do pay more for more economical vehicles. Ford is also trying to do this with the new Explorer, charging more for the lower powered 4 cylinder than the more powerful V6. We'll see if there are many takers.

Truck Trend
2011 Ford F-150 3.7-liter
Base price range $23,390-$31,285
Vehicle layout Front engine, RWD/4WD, 3-6-pass, 2+2- or 4-door truck
Engine 3.7-liter/302-hp/278-lb-ft DOHC V-6
Transmissions 6-speed auto
Curb weight 4700-5350 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 125.9-144.5 in
Length x Width x Height 213.2-250.4 x 79.2 x 74.8-76.7 in
0-60 mph 8.9 sec (MT est)
EPA City/Hwy Fuel Econ Not yet rated
On sale in U.S. Late 2010