Winnipeg Free Press

2017 Ford F-150 pickup gets minor fuel-economy bump

by Nick Tragianis . Oct 21 2016
Handout / Ford

Handout / Ford

The Ford F-150 just got a bit more efficient for 2017.

Thanks to the revised 3.5-litre EcoBoost V-6 engine and a new 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 F-150 4x2 is rated at 18 MPG city, 25 MPG highway and 18 MPG combined — improvements by 1 MPG respectively over the 2016 model.

Four-wheel-drive F-150s, on the other hand, see a 2-MPG bump in combined fuel economy to 20, while city and highway ratings rise by 1 MPG to 17 and 23, respectively. Incremental improvements for sure, but it’s enough to give the F-150 better highway fuel economy than the 4.3 L V6-powered Chevy Silverado, as well as tying the Pentastar V-6-powered Ram 1500 on highway fuel economy.

For 2017, Ford’s tweaked 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 pumps out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The 10-speed automatic transmission, meanwhile, is jointly developed with General Motors. Don’t be surprised if it eventually appears under the skin of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.

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