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How The 2017 Ford F-150's New 10-Speed Transmission Affects Fuel Economy

Shiny! (Image via Ford)
Shiny! (Image via Ford)
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The 2017 Ford F-150 will pair a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission to the truck’s top engine option: a revised version of the 3.5 EcoBoost twin turbo V6. Ford claims this will allow the 2WD truck to hit 25 MPG on the highway. That’s actually a lot for something with this much mass and power.

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(Image/data via Ford)
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Along with four more gears, 2017 F-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost trucks have a factory-claimed 10 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque output increase from the old version of the engine.

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That puts the 3.5 EcoBoost engine’s new specs at 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Ford cites direct-injection fuel delivery, a lighter crank, a new valvetrain setup, redesigned turbos with an electronic wastegate and a variable-displacement oil pump as to where the new-found power and efficiency comes from.

The 3.5 EcoBoost “high output” version, reserved for the F-150 Raptor, is even more aggressive with a claimed output of 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. That truck is rated to 15 MPG city, 18 MPG highway and 16 MPG in combined driving.

This is the one you want. (Image via Ford)
This is the one you want. (Image via Ford)

Ford tells us the 3.5 EcoBoost currently makes up “60 percent of F-150 sales,” but conservatives can rejoice– the 5.0 V8 has survived another year. That engine is rated to 385 horsepower, 387 lb-ft of torque and tops out at 22 MPG on the highway.

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The F-150's “maximum economy” play is still the 2.7 EcoBoost V6 introduced with the new aluminum body style in 2015, but not by much. With a top rating of 26 MPG in highway driving, I would think Ford will be looking at ways to stretch it soon to avoid redundancy with the bigger turbo engine.

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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“...Ford claims this will allow the 2WD truck to hit 25 mph on the highway.”

Wow. <smirk>

Hey Andrew, when you gonna let (me) start proofreading these things before you publish? <j/k>