The 2012 Ford F150 4x4 XLT EcoBoost: a 20+mpg on a long highway trip
This was my second time testing the 2012 Ford F150 4x4 with the EcoBoost V6 engine but this time, I was in an XLT model as opposed to the FX4 model that I had months back. While driving the F150 FX4, I put the EcoBoost V6 through the rigors of real truck life – including towing, hauling and battling rough, unpaved roads – through all of which the EcoBoost performed beautifully. The ability to perform these truck tasks by this relatively small twin turbocharged engine has been questioned by numerous skeptics but in the long run, the EcoBoost proved that it can do anything that the V8 options in any modern half-ton pickup can do. The other big test for the EcoBoost V6 is offering the impressive fuel economy that Ford claims so with this EcoBoost F150, rather than towing, hauling and playing in the mud, we took a 700 mile trip from Michigan to Pennsylvania – giving a us a great chance to test the real world fuel economy measures of the EcoBoost’d F150. During this drive, I made regular gas stops along the way to test the actual fuel economy figures based on gallons of gas used and miles driven.
My reviews generally start with a look at the interior and exterior design but since we have tested a similar truck in the past, my review of this 2012 Ford F150 4x4 XLT EcoBoost begins with the drive impressions from the turbocharged half ton pickup. The EPA claims that the F150 in this configuration yields an impressive figure of 15 miles per gallon in the city, 21mpg on the highway and a combined figure of 18mpg. My drive from Detroit to Pittsburgh took me through a variety of highway driving conditions beginning with the dense, construction-obstructed traffic of Detroit’s I75 to the long, open, flat Ohio Turnpike to the hilly Interstate 79 through Pennsylvania heading into Pittsburgh.
During the early stages of my trip, the 2012 Ford F150 4x4 with the EcoBoost V6 was averaging less than 14 miles per gallon when dealing with the frustrating stop and go traffic on I94 and I75 around the Detroit area. This presented what were essentially the worst aspects of city driving as we moved in bursts of about a quarter mile at a time, reaching speeds only in the mid 30s before being forced to lurch back to a stop. This went on until we were well south of Detroit and as we neared the Ohio Turnpike, our fuel economy figures were hovering around a disappointing 16 miles per gallon but I am admit that my frustration with the stupid traffic caused me to drive in a manner that was less than idea for achieving great fuel economy.