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The 2015 Ford F150 Officially Beats All Gas Powered Competition in MPGs

The full fuel economy figures for the 2015 Ford F150 pickup have been released on the EPA website and with figures of 19mpg city, 26mpg highway and 22mpg combined for the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6, the 2015 F150 is officially the most fuel efficient gas powered half ton pickup on the market.
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We got our first look at the fuel economy capabilities of the 2015 Ford F150 last week when we discussed the published RealMPG figures from Motor Trend of a four wheel drive F150 with the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6. The folks at Motor Trend saw real world numbers of 16.6 city, 21.5 highway and 18.5mpg combined, which are all within a reasonable range of the 18 city, 23 highway and 20 combined that the EPA got with a 2.7L 4WD F150. These figures make the 2015 F150 slightly more efficient than the Ram 1500 4WD with the 3.6L Pentastar V6, which gets 16 city, 23 highway and 19 combined.

At first, we only saw the Motor Trend figures for the F150 with the 2.7L V6 and 4WD, but now we have figures for the entire 2015 F150 lineup. As expected, the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 makes the 2015 F150 the most efficient gas-powered, half ton truck in America, while the base model 3.5L V6 makes the new F150 also the second most efficient gas-powered truck in America.

2015 Ford F150 Fuel Economy Leaders
The 2015 Ford F150 is offered with four engines, a base 3.5L V6, a 2.7L EcoBoost V6, a 5.0L V8 and a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 – all of which come with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission and the buyer’s choice of either rear wheel drive or four wheel drive.

The most efficient 2015 Ford F150 drivetrain is the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with rear wheel drive, which delivers fuel economy figures of 19mpg in the city, 26mpg on the highway and 22mpg combined. Those are the best fuel economy figures among gas-powered half ton pickups, beating the Ram 1500 with the 3.6L V6 (17 city, 25 highway, 20 combined) and the Silverado 1500 with the 4.3L V6 (18 city, 24 highway, 20 combined) across the board. As mentioned above, the 2.7L EcoBoost offers 18 city, 23 highway and 20 combined, making the 2015 F150 the most efficient four wheel drive gas truck available today.

2015 Ford F150 Galleries:
A closer look at the trimlines of the 2015 Ford F150
The 2015 Ford F150 at the 2014 NAIAS

The next most efficient engine option for the 2015 F150 is the base 3.5L V6, which is expected to return 18 city, 25 highway and 20 combined in rear wheel drive form. Those numbers aren’t as strong as the 2.7L EcoBoost numbers, but they are still strong enough to beat the most efficient trucks from Ram and Chevrolet.

Premium Engine MPG Leaders
The 2015 Ford F150 comes with the buyer’s choice of two different premium engine, including the 5.0L V8 and the twin turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6.

In rear drive form, the 5.0L V8 offers 15 city, 22 highway and 18 combined, making it slightly more efficient than the 5.7L Hemi from the Ram 1500 which offers 15 city, 22 highway and 17 combined and the 6.2L V8 from the Chevy Silverado 1500 that achieves 15 city, 21 highway and 17 combined. General Motors does have the most fuel efficient V8 with their 5.3L mill, but that engine offers far less power and capabilities than the other engines discussed here, so getting the stronger MPGs of the GM 5.3L requires some compromise in usefulness.

Finally, the King of the Half Ton Hill in terms of capabilities is the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in the 2015 Ford F150, which manages to offer excellent fuel economy in addition to those segment leading capabilities. The 2015 F150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 is expected to return 17 city, 24 highway and 20 combined, making the most capable F150 the most efficient premium half ton gas truck in America – comfortably beating the Ram Hemi and any of the V8 Silverado pickups.

Ram Still Offers the Best MPGs with Diesel Technology
The 2015 Ford F150 is officially the most fuel friendly gas powered half ton truck in America, whether you are looking at two wheel drive trucks, four wheel drive trucks, base level gas engines or premium gas engines. However, those buyers who want the most efficient half ton truck in America will need to visit a Ram brand dealership for the Ram 1500 with the 3.0L EcoDiesel. Of course, while buying the EcoDiesel Ram will afford you the best half ton fuel economy figures, it will also set you back a couple thousand more than any of the 2015 F150 engine options.

For now, those budget conscience half ton truck buyers who want the best fuel economy will likely flock to Ford dealerships, where the lightweight aluminum body and EcoBoost technology is making the new F150 the most fuel friendly gas trucks in America without any compromise in capabilities.


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Comments

At first glance, I thought this was a redesigned E350 cargo van.
Sounds good, although the mpg numbers dip significantly when you make them work a touch harder. I have noticed a much larger dip in economy on the ecoBoost when labored compared to it's naturally aspirated rivals and or counterparts. I have a friend who had a 3.5l ecoBoost which (after it was loaded with tools, aftermarket tires, etc..) would pull 21mpg (17.5 for the states), he drove it till 260,000km(160,000mi) with no engine issues (2 rear ends though). He traded it in on a new Dodge ecoDiesel he is getting decent fuel economy, expects it to improve when fully broke in, but the 30% higher diesel fuel costs completely offset any gains in the mpg department. Also of course he says the power difference is massive, but I am sure that would be because his Ford was tuned, and was pushing well over 400hp, and 500lb/ft. So 240 hp diesel would seem rather tame. When Ford/GM get the 9-10 speed transmissions I am sure the mpg gap will close for all the big three,