Mileage is around 10 percent better in some cases.

Ford’s powertrain upgrades for the 2017 F-150 yield impressive fuel economy gains. The trucks receive an improved 3.5-liter biturbo EcoBoost V6 that now makes 375 horsepower (279.6 kilowatts) and 470 pound-feet of torque (637.2 Newton-meters) – up from 365 hp (272.2 kW) and 420 lb-ft (569.4 Nm) from the engine last year. The pickups also benefit from a new ten-speed automatic gearbox.

The standard rear-wheel-drive examples of the 2017 F-150 get 18 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. In comparison to last year, the EPA rated these rear-drive trucks with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost at 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined.

The four-wheel-drive 2017 F-150 gets 17 mpg city, 23, mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. The 2016 version of these trucks had ratings of 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined.

2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost
2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost

These improvements of one or two mpg might seem small at first glance, but a jump of a few points can make a big difference for pickups. In general, the switch to the 10-speed automatic and upgraded engine is bringing a 5- to -10 percent increase in fuel economy. The savings should mean less money spent at the gas pump every year.

Ford also claims that the new drivetrain brings benefits to drivers beyond just a boost in fuel economy. For example, the combo allegedly boosts low-end torque over the previous version. The 10-speed transmission also benefits from better shift logic in the Tow/Haul mode, which makes carrying heavy loads easier.

The latest F-150 Raptor also switches from a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 for the last generation to a high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The engine now produces 450 hp (335.6 kW) and 510 lb-ft (691.5 Nm) versus 411 hp (306.5 kW) and 434 lb-ft (588.4 Nm) from the V8. Fuel economy also sees a big boost to 15 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined. The previous Raptor had ratings of 12 mpg city, 16 mpg highway, and 13 mpg combined.

Source: Ford Via: Motor Trend

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