5.0-liter V-8 XLT SuperCrew 4x4

The level of refinement in this engine is very good, and the benefits of variable valve timing and dual overhead cams pay off. As Febbo writes, "This engine is constantly building power and it loves to rev. It's so smooth, it doesn't feel like it's working hard, even when you know it is. I love the sounds this thing makes. I haven't checked into it, but I hope Ford makes a performance exhaust for this engine. There's something about this truck in bright red and this engine note that always has me seeing the Mustang tie-in." This version of the Mustang's 5.0-liter has been detuned, with 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet, as opposed to the Mustang GT's 412 and 390.

The Coyote-equipped F-150 goes from 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds, and finishes the quarter mile in 15.3 seconds at 93.3 mph. That's slightly slower than the 6.2, but when you factor in the better as-tested fuel economy (15.5 mpg), only slight difference in performance, and $12,755 difference in base price, the 5.0-liter provides a lot of value for the money. This is a much better workaday hauler than the 4.6 or 5.4-liter V-8s that previously powered the F-150. Most half-ton buyers will be happy using this truck for towing and hauling, and it's a great daily driver, too. We have to presume that when towing, the EcoBoost will spend more time with the turbos at work, meaning more fuel consumption--and in that environment, this V-8 may produce similar or better fuel economy with a trailer hooked up. The best dyno run showed 286 peak horsepower at 5770 rpm, and 287 pound-feet of torque at 4390 rpm.