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2011 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck with Ecotec -- Pricing Details

By Automotive Staff | October 19, 2010
Want a Ford F-150 with Ecotec? Well, pricing details have been released. According to the Free Press, Marc Lapine, consumer marketing manager for Ford trucks, said that the 365-horsepower twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine and its 420 pound-feet of twist will be priced $1750 above the entry-level engine, a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6. According to Ford's website, the base 2011 F-150 XL will start at $23,390 after delivery charges, so assuming the EcoBoost engine is available with all trim levels and all cab and body configurations, the starting price would come out to just $25,140. At that price, the EcoBoost-equipped truck comes in just above the competition. Ford claims the EcoBoost's primary competitors are the 5.3-liter V-8-equipped Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the 5.7-liter V-8-equipped Ram 1500. The cheapest you're going to get a 5.3-liter V-8 Silverado out the door is $23,590 after delivery fees, some $1500 less than the Ford. Go Mopar and you can sneak a 5.7-liter V-8 Ram out the back for just $24,430. The catch, of course, is that the EcoBoost out-muscles both of those V-8s. The Chevy's 5.3-liter puts out just 315 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque, well behind the EcoBoost on both accounts, and particularly down where it matters most, in torque. The Ram is a closer match, what with the 5.7-liter's 390 horsepower and 401 pound-feet, besting the Ford by 25 horsepower but down some 19 pound-feet. Regardless, Ford claims the EcoBoost will out-haul and out-tow both of 'em, and says it'll get better fuel economy, too. We're still waiting on that final number form the EPA. Of course, that assumes you do it Ford's way. Chevrolet and Ram both have smaller V-8 engines available that'll save you a little more cash, but at the cost of some power. While the 5.3-liter V-8 is a closer match for the EcoBoost with its 315 horsepower and 335 pound-feet, you could go for the 4.8-liter V-8 and give up just 10 horsepower and 30 pound-feet, all the while saving another $800. Similarly, dropping down to the Ram's optional 302-horsepower 4.7-liter V-8 with its 329 pound-feet will save you $1300, though you'll give up a more-significant 88 horsepower and 70 pound-feet compared to the 5.7-liter. The problem with this strategy, though, is that you'll give up even more hauling and towing capacity to the Ford. In fact, the only way to best the EcoBoost is to spec Chevy's 6.2-liter V-8 with its might 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, but it'll set you back $33,495 minimum and you'll still be three pound-feet shy. And then, Ford could just spec its own 6.2-liter V-8 and top you with 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet. The promise of Ford's EcoBoost program has been simple: V-8 power with V-6 fuel economy. So far, Ford's lived up to the first promise and out-gunned the competition, albeit at a slightly higher price. via The Detroit Free Press courtesy of Motor Trend Magazine
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3 comments
Anthony Colbourne
Anthony Colbourne

I sure like the power the EcoTec puts out. You'll likely see more smaller engines coming out with turbo boost as the makers try to get more power from less fuel. Maybe they're working on a diesel version as well??? Talk about more bang for your buck. Those turbo units do get very hot though, and hauling a trailer up a long climb would sure test it. They use them in diesel trucks and they work fine, so why not gas units? See how they work out...

jarellano
jarellano

@mickey1969. Good question. Let us check.

mickeyt1969
mickeyt1969

Ford is on track with the ecoBoost engine. Who wouldn't want more mpg's and power with a lower price at the pump. I wonder, however, if there are any towing restrictions with the turbo, considering anything towed that is not fairly aerodynamic could keep the engine in boost quite a bit longer than is healthy for the engine?

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