• 2015 Ford F-150 2.7L V6 EcoBoost – First Impressions [w/ Video]


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    2015 Ford F-150

    What is the 2.7L EcoBoost powered 2015 Ford F-150 like to drive? We recently got a quick taste (about 15 minutes) behind the wheel of the all-new truck near Denver, Colorado. So these impressions are based on driving the pickup at more than a mile above sea level. Can the small turbocharged V6 adopt well to the higher elevation? After all, the current 3.5L EcoBoost is a very popular engine choice in Colorado and other Rocky Mountain states.

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    No displacement designation, just Ford’s efficiency leaf on the engine cover.

    The specs for this engine are: 325 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm and 375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm. Fuel mileage estimates for the 2WD regular cab version are 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 22 MPG combined.

    Each test drive had four guys in the truck (approximately 1,000 pounds of humanity, including me). The 2.7L does not hesitate. It revs quickly and feels willing to propel this Crew Cab 4×4 short bed. It did not blow me away with neck snapping acceleration. Expectations were very high as many journalists have talked about how quick the little turbo is. However, this truck has an extra ace up its sleeve. It’s the “Sport” mode on the 6-speed automatic transmission. Click the little button and the transmission changes character to keep rpms higher and hold gears longer. Revolutions do not drop below 2,500 rpm or so. This is the meat of the torque curve. The truck is super responsive and wants to leap forward. OK, this is impressive for a small displacement engine.

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    The ride quality is high. Ford worked hard on getting the F-150 to ride smoothly. It rides about as nicely as the 2015 GMC Canyon we recently tested. Although, you sit high and there is no mistaking that you are piloting a full-size truck.

    There is one complaint from the short test drive. The steering felt too light. Yes, a truck is not supposed to handle like a sports car. The steering is not vague, but it feels like you could steer it with one finger. This driver prefers more weight in the steering.

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    There are absolutely no complaints on the interior or the bed utility. The new Ford feels downright huge on the inside. There is more than plenty of rear leg room. The doors open wide and there is the flat loading floor with the rear seats folded up.

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    How about the panoramic sunroof? You never thought you needed it in a pickup truck until you see it for the first time. It brings in so much light and make the cabin feel even bigger. It does not intrude much on the headroom.

    We look forward for more extensive testing of the new F-150, including Off-Road and the Ike Gauntlet extreme towing test.

    Check out this TFLtruck first drive video review of the 2.7L powered F-150.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov

    Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    15 thoughts on “2015 Ford F-150 2.7L V6 EcoBoost – First Impressions [w/ Video]

    1. Nice review. The MPG is out F150 super crew 4×4 2.7 L T is 18/23/20. The 3.5 L t is 17/23/19 .V8 is 15/21/17 .the 3.5 L is 17/23/19. I would think that anyone buying a turbo would go for the 3.5LT for the extra power and almost as go MPG as the 2.7 LT

    2. Man, when you guys mentioned the ATLAS concept, that was one truck I definitely would have bought!!! 2 months ago, I traded in my 2012 Ram Laramie crew 4×4 for a 2014 f-150 crew ecoboost 4×4, xtr, and I got to tell you, that at least so far, even with 6 spd tranny, the mileage was the same for the hemi. Given, only at 2800 kms so far, but dont expect any better than what I was getting. The reason we traded down in trim levels was to save money. However, we live here in the cold north of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan and the thing I miss the most, is the heated steering wheel and seats. Ford, if you ever read these posts, PUT HEATED STEERING IN MORE OF YOUR VEHICLES! lol Never thought I would care about something so trivial, but as you guys are also in CO, I am sure you all can attest to how nice this option is! 😉

      1. I’m just curious why you traded on the `14 if the `15 was so close to hitting the market and you knew how much you liked the looks of the Atlas concept?
        Also, what kind of gas mileage were you getting with the Ram? I am on my 2nd 5.0L F150 (first a 2012 reg cab short bed 2wd, and now a 2011 ex cab 4×4, both STX models.) I was ecstatic about the mpg in the 2wd (17-18 daily, 21-22 hwy with a couple scenarios of 24-25mph hwy.) the 4×4 is still nothing to complain about but is a noticable drop comparatively speaking. I’m currently getting 15-16 around town and 18-19 hwy. both numbers are consistent with the window sticker “guestimates.” just this past weekend on a trip back to MD from VA I was able to check a STRICTLY hwy mpg and was able to squeeeeeeeze 21 mpg out of it, but it would be hard (for me anyway) to get that consistently. Overall I love my choice of the 5.0 instead of the 3.5L Ecoboost, but if I lived in higher elevations or I towed more than a few times a year I’d probably be wishing for the Turbo’s

    3. Couple of things…why does the flat floor keep getting mentioned like it’s something new? Since ’09 it’s been flat.

      Re steering…is the new truck different than the ’14’s and earlier? My ’13 is light, but that’s at town speeds only, makes low speed maneuvering easier, getting into the garage, and so forth. At highway speeds it’s nice and firm and tight. The benefit of electric steering. Am I the only one who’s noticed this? I don’t get the vague references. MT or C&D said the same thing, and that it felt floaty. Maybe I need to drive the Ram and GM…but I don’t feel floaty in my truck either. My guess is if you (the big Rags and their writers) spend your days driving Bentley’s and Ferrari’s (or just cars) it might feel that way…but then they’d be wrong wouldn’t they. 😉

    4. Still trying to warm up to the new F150, not really sold on it. Imagine if this truck had the same motor, but was much narrower and shorter, say 2/3 scale. You could name it, oh, how about Ranger? Well done review, guys- especially considering the limited time allotted.

    5. Experience has taught me to stay away from non-proven designs, and let the other guy be the guinea pig. Making a small gas turbo work hard(towing) is going to stress those turbos big time and I think that will be the weak link in this engine and it’s going to show up under stress. If Ford was to offer a nice long warranty on the engine and turbos to show their faith in their product, that might sway a lot of people. Until then, I’m going to watch and wait.

    6. Ford is the only truck out of the big three not to offer a 5yr 100,000 mile warranty. Ram had it first followed by GM.

    7. I think that the big three are playin us with those mpg. If they really wanted they´ll be puting small diesel engines along time ago. What are they wainting.

    8. I have the 3.5 L Ecoboost in my 2012 XLT Supercab 4×4 w/Offroad. I have 29000 miles on it. I want to get the 2015 – XLT Supercab FX4, but this time I am looking at the 5.0 L V8. This engine is the only one that Ford will setup for plowing.I also will move up from the electronic locking 3.31 rear axle to the electronic locking 3.55 rear axle. Between the beefed up horsepower on the new V8 and the change to a 3.55 rear axle, I’ll probably cancel out any gas savings with the lighter aluminum body, but it’ll be the truck that I need.

      1. William,
        Has your 2012 3.5L EcoBoost been reliable, useful, economical, etc? Did you use it for mostly work or mostly play?

    9. Hello, I was just wondering if it was possible if you guys could do a video comparing a f-150 xlt with a f-150 lariat and etc. I think it would be an interesting video and it would help me out understand more the difference between each type of model that ford has available for the f-150 .

      1. Hello.
        We hope to get at least one model of the new F-150 in January. We will try to do as many videos as possible.

        Thanks,
        Andre

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