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Drives, Ford — November 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Wheel Time in the EcoBoost F-150


My uncle bought an F-150 with the EcoBoost V6 and gave me the opportunity to take it for a spin. His is a Lariat SuperCrew with a 6-1/2-foot bed.

In a brief first drive, I found the 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 to be plenty powerful to push this big, 4-door pickup off the line or in a highway passing maneuver. Turbo lag is nearly absent.

I also like the Ford’s interior, which was simply and logically arranged and included ventilated seats. In central Florida, this is a nice luxury that’s useful even in late November. My uncle mentioned that the hands-free functionality including with the SYNC system was excellent, with clear sound on both sides of the line. I did not test it, though.

The EcoBoost motor is a $750 option over the base 5-liter V8, but the V6 offers more torque and better fuel economy. These reasons were enough to convince my uncle that the EcoBoost was worth the premium. I’d recommend the EcoBoost option to anyone considering an F-150.