2012 Ford F150 4x4 XLT EcoBoost

The 2012 Ford F150 4x4 XLT EcoBoost: a 20+mpg on a long highway trip

I recently had a chance to spend some time in the 2012 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and since this was my second time testing the F150 powered by an EcoBoost V6 from the 2012 model year – I took a little different approach to my road test this time around with a long drive on the highway to test the fuel economy figures of the super-efficient engine.

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.


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Just purchased a 2012 Ford F150 XLT Ecoboost. It has 40,000 mi. on it . The interior and exterior both look super, very clean and roomy. I have a 28ft. travel trailer my wife and I usally stay within a 150 to 250 mile radius pulling it with a 2003 F150 Fx4. That is because of the hills and gas here in sw Michigan. Do you think with this now it would be safer to venture out without worrying about the gas and hills.