2011 was the first year that Ford included their EcoBoost package into their F150 trucks. Many people were concerned as to whether this twin turbocharged V6 would be well received by consumers. A few improvements were made at the beginning of 2011 and Ford’s EcoBoost became a big success!
The EcoBoost engine was first used by Ford in cars such as the Ford Taurus and the Ford Flex. Lack of torque was the main concern but the developers at Ford took every precaution to tackle this in depth before releasing the first trucks with EcoBoost.
The first truck in 2011 come out as the Ford F150 EcoBoost truck and was equipped with 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Ford had incorporated a pair of compact turbochargers that dealt with any turbo lag issues.
The result of all this is that the F150 EcoBoost is now among the most powerful of all the half ton pickups. Consumers are obviously happy with this as sales of this engine have been steadily rising each month.
By April of 2011 35% of consumers were opting for the 3.5L engine. One of the main reasons for this is the price. Opting for the EcoBoost engine costs the consumer only $750 and provides them with great value for money for what they actually receive.
With the success of the EcoBoost, Ford has plans to add this to their SUV line-up including the Ford Explorer and the popular Ford Edge.
As with any engine your EcoBoost will need to go through a break in period. If you want to do any serious towing Ford is recommending putting on 500 miles on your vehicle.
The Ford F150 2011 with a 3.5 liter engine was officially rated at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway by the EPA.
What this boils down to is that as the consumer you are now getting a 365 horsepower engine, with 420 pound-foot EcoBoost. The F150 offers 3,060 pounds of payload and 11,300 pounds worth of towing. All of this easily places the 2011 Ford F150 EcoBoost top of its class in all areas. This is much better by far over what any of Ford’s competitors can offer.
With the release of Ford’s 2012 models coming in the very near future, I can only wait and see if they will have come up with any improvements to the EcoBoost engine. If not customers are still going to be very happy and sales are sure to be on the increase as this engine becomes more popular.