Ford’s had a hard time keeping EcoBoost engine reliable but the near basic 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6 is impressive.
The bottom-line for full-size trucks is power. Power dictates everything that really matters for truck owners. Towing, hauling, performance and even fuel economy. Relatedly, costs are also important.
Ford has a weapon in its arsenal and it is the 2.7-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. GM has a 2.7-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder but the take rate so far seems low. RAM’s eTorque technology is compelling but by far, the 2.7-litre EcoBoost is the best-seller.
If you are in the market for a full-size pickup, you’re probably looking at a Ford F-150. If so, should you select the 2.7-litre EcoBoost?
Why you should buy a 2019 Ford F-150 with the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6:
- No matter the trim or options, the 2.7-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 is only a $700 option. Compared to the $3,300 3.5-litre EcoBoost and $2,550 Coyote V8, it’s a steal!
- It’s a steal because it produces 400 lb.-ft. of torque (same as V8) at low rpm and includes a 10-speed automatic transmission.
- Performance and responsiveness are great! The turbos spool up nicely and make a sweet turbo sound.
- The 2.7 is designed for durability. Its upper block and cylinders are made of the same high-strength compacted graphite iron used in the Super Duty’s 6.7L Power Stroke turbo diesel V8.
- Fuel economy is real! 11L/100km is possible which is 10-12% more than the $7,500+ 3.0-litre Power Stroke diesel engine.
Why you should not buy a 2019 Ford F-150 with the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6:
- As I’ve said, although the 2.7-litre EcoBoost is solidly configured, Ford’s had a terrible run with the 3.5-litre. Although they’ve learned many a lesson, I wouldn’t qualify the 2.7 as bulletproof.
- Fuel economy when loaded or towing will be greater than that of the V8. If you do plan on making the truck work hard regularly, you’ll be better off with the 5.0-litre.
- RAM’s e-Torque mild-hybrid technology included with the 3.6-litre V6 is a not cost feature and returns similar fuel numbers.
For many, full size pickups are more than just a tool for work. With family activities, the daily commute and everything in between, pickups must do it all. Fords, GMs and RAMs are all equipped with comfort and luxury features, not to mention the latest connectivity technology that owning a full-size pickup as a household vehicle has never made more sense.
While all can be capable, Ford’s extremely attainable 2.7-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 adds to the driving aspect of these trucks. Truthfully, I’d always opt for a V8 if only because it’s a V8 but occasionally, reason must prevail. When driving reasonably, the 2.7-litre provides refinement, power and good fuel economy.
GM’s 2.7-litre turbo-4 apparently has mediocre fuel numbers and so has nothing like it the base EcoBoost. RAM offers eTorque mild-hybrid technology with its 3.6-litre V6 (and HEMI V8). Its fuel consumption numbers resemble those of the EcoBoost and although I’ve yet reviewed one, I’d venture a guess than when loaded or towing, it’s easier on fuel. It does not, however have the EcoBoost turbo-boosted punch.
For the unladen performance and pleasure, I’d stick it out with EcoBoost.