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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Thanks to its all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available from any automaker, 2017 Ford F-150 sees improvement in all three EPA fuel economy label estimates – city, highway and combined ratings – by 1 mpg over 2016 F-150; 4x4 model improves by 2 mpg combined

Second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 produces 375 horsepower and segment-best 470 lb.-ft. of torque – a gain of 10 horsepower and 50 lb.-ft. over first-generation engine

Advanced 10-speed automatic transmission enables improvements in performance and efficiency, as well as increased towing and hauling control

Ford has sold more than 1 million EcoBoost F-150 trucks in the United States since 2011

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 4, 2016 – Ford, America’s truck leader, continues its relentless pace of innovation and performance, helping customers get better mileage out of each gallon of gas in the 2017 Ford F-150. Thanks to the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine mated to the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission, EPA-estimated city, highway and combined fuel economy increase 1 mpg, with the combined rating for 2017 F-150 4x4 up 2 mpg.

2017 Ford F-150 4x2
18 mpg
25 mpg
21 mpg
2016 Ford F-150 4x2
17 mpg
24 mpg
20 mpg
2017 Ford F-150 4x4
17 mpg
23 mpg
20 mpg
2016 Ford F-150 4x4
16 mpg
22 mpg
18 mpg

In addition, F-150 customers benefit from improved acceleration, performance and refinement delivered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and state-of-the-art 10-speed automatic transmission. This new powertrain combination provides better low-end and peak performance, which is ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.

All-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6

This second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 50 lb.-ft. more peak torque compared with the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost, for a segment-best 470 lb.-ft. – beating all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors including V8 engines with nearly twice the displacement. Horsepower jumps 10 over the previous version, for a total of 375 horsepower.

The all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost leverages the best attributes of the first-generation design – power, reliability and efficiency – improving in almost every aspect. This includes a new twin-port and direct-injection fuel strategy, lighter and stronger crank and valvetrain components, redesigned twin turbocharger with electronic wastegate, and redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.

The all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost builds on the success of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost – which account for approximately 60 percent of F-150 sales. F-150 remains the only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbocharged gasoline engine. With 1 million-plus Ford EcoBoost-equipped trucks on the road, F-150 owners will save more than 110 million gallons of gas over the next year while out-hauling the competition.

First volume-production 10-speed automatic

The all-new 10-speed automatic transmission available for 2017 F-150 4x2 and 4x4 models optimizes engine power and torque ranges, with closer ratios between gears and patented hydraulic controls.

Smarter shift logic helps customers tow with improved confidence using tow/haul mode. All-new adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain and driver control signals in real time – ensuring the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including in sport mode. In addition, a unique high-speed one-way clutch allows for non-sequential shifting.

Weight savings play a key role in improved shifting performance. The 10-speed gearbox – the first from Ford not to employ cast-iron components – uses advanced materials and alloys. An integrated torque converter/turbine clutch helps shave more than two pounds, while reducing the packaging footprint.