The 2017 Ford F-150 will offer a slightly improved fuel economy thanks to its new powertrain duo: a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
By slightly we do mean just a little. The rear-wheel drive version is EPA-rated at 25 highway miles, 18 city miles and 21 miles combined. All of those figures are 1 mpg higher than the 2016 model. It has a V6 and a six-speed.
The four-wheel drive’s fuel economy improves 2 mpgs combined – going from 18 to 20. Drivers will get 17 city miles and 23 highway miles. Both also up 1 mpg.
As for that new engine, the 3.-5 liter makes 375-horses and 470 pound-feet of torque. It will be good for even more horsepower in second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor due out this fall. That’s where we’ll see it churn out 450-horses and 510 pound-feet of torque. No fuel economy ratings are available for it yet, though.
The new 10-speed transmission was jointly developed with General Motors, so we’ll see it in a number of GM models as well in the near future. It’s an option on the Ford F-150, but comes standard on the 2017 Raptor.