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

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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