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.

The 2011 Ford F-150 lineup has a lot to offer, namely more power, capability, and better fuel economy. For the most part, the EcoBoost does what Ford claims: When doing hard work, the V-6 has the power of a big V-8. Driving around town and cruising on the highway, it has the fuel economy of a V-6. But buyers will have to decide what axle ratio to buy, which will define whether the truck is more biased toward fuel economy or capability. If Ford can convince truck guys that these V-6s have the capability and the durability to be a better option than the V-8s they replace, the EcoBoost should be a success.

The 302-horse, 3.7-liter V-6 outpowers the 4.6-liter, but at a higher engine speed and with lower peak torque. It comes standard with a six-speed automatic.