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Ford F-150 gets top MPG and tow ratings

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2018 Ford F-150

The 2018 Ford F-150 arrives with several bests, like best-in-class fuel economy ratings and a best-in-class tow rating.

The second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine produces 325 hp and 400 lb-ft, the same horsepower as before but up 25 lb-ft from previous year.

A redesigned 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and a 10-speed SelectShift transmission help make the 2018 F-150 lineup the most efficient yet.

. The V8 engine gets upgrades, like dual port and direct-injection that gives it 10 more horsepower and an additional 13 lb. -ft. of torque.

Customers who do a lot of towing will want to check out the F-150 with the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine which cranks out 375 hp (280 kW) and 470 lb-ft (636 Nm) of torque. Four-wheel-drive versions net 19/24/21 mpg, an increase of 1 mpg combined.

With the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 on one end making 20 mpg during city driving and an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost that can pull 13,200 pounds on the other, the new F Series will now lead its competitive set in more than just sales. Fuel economy is E.P.A. rated at 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined for rear-wheel drive, and 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined for four-wheel drive models. As on the small EcoBoost engine, the 2018 F-150 5.0L V-8's numbers are 1-2 mpg better than the truck it replaces, aided in part by the same 10-speed automatic found behind Ford's EcoBoost engines. The new engine produces 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 8 hp and 12 lb-ft. Fuel economy on the V-8 tops out at 17/23/19 mpg city/highway/combined, or 16/22/18 mpg with four-wheel drive.

The F-150's naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 boasts a best-in-class payload capacity of 3,270 pounds.

GM is expected to use the jointly-developed transmission for the first time a truck with its upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

The 3.3-liter V6 will return an estimated 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway/22 mpg combined in 4×2 configurations and 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway/20 mpg combined in 4×4 configurations.

We're still waiting on final specs for the all-new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. No word on power or economy for the new engine, mind.

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