• 2015 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2015 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost: Impromptu Tow Off [Video]


    2015 ford f-150 3.5L V6 ecoboost turbo versus cadillac escalade highway towing
    2015 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost vs. 2015 Cadillac Escalade

    What happens if you floor the accelerator on the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and 2015 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost going up a very steep section of the I-70 near Georgetown, Colorado at over 8,500 feet of elevation? What if each of these trucks is towing a loaded trailer? Which one will accelerate quicker to reach the 65 MPH speed limit up the interstate?

    2015 ford f-150 ecoboost towing

    The F-150 is the new aluminum bodied truck in a Super Crew 4×4 King Ranch configuration with the FX4 package. It’s equipped with the 3.31 rear axle ratio, and the 3.5-liter turbo V6 engine puts out the same 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm. The 6-speed automatic transmission is there as well. The Escalade has the 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm. It has more gear with the 8-speed automatic transmission.

    2015 cadillac escalade

    The Ford is towing a flat-bed trailer with our 1968 Ford Bronco half-cab for a total weight of 7,500 pounds. The Escalade is tasked with a horse trailer loaded with a water container for a total of 7,000 pounds. The trailer profiles are different, but the weighs are nearly the same. The Cadillac’s curb weigh of 6,000 lbs is approximately 800 lbs more than that of the Ford.

    Elevation plays a big part in this test. This stretch of the highway is over 8,500 feet above sea level. There is around 25% less air density and thus less power for the naturally aspirated V8. The turbocharged V6 can compensate for some, but not all of the altitude induced power loss.

    Check out what happened in the video!


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

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    24 thoughts on “2015 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2015 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost: Impromptu Tow Off [Video]

    1. the ford had the worst ratio for towing is 55hp and 40 ftlbs less torque and 2 less gears and still pulls ahead. id say I would go bury my head in sand if I drove a Cadillac the government should had let them go bankrupt. GO FORD

      1. You realize that pickups are much lighter than (especially Cadillac) SUVs and that the Escalade only had a ratio of 3.23 even though the lighter pickups have a option of 3.42. To add the huge advantage boosted engines have at this rarely seen high elevation.

        I’d say this is a win for GM big time. Proves that at a reasonable elevation of 1-2k like everywhere else the heavier Escalade has more pulling power. No surprise as Ford is always a step behind GM in power train year for year.

        1. the ford didn’t even have max tow which is 3.73 gears the eight speed in the caddy gives it a distinct advantage even with 3.23 gears total weight difference between the them is 300lbs the ford pulled 7500 to caddys 7000 the caddy is heavier but 500 pounds on trailer equals more rolling resistance for the ford 2 less gears 2 less cyinders 55hp less that caddy should have pulled away but didn’t epic fail on gm it is gm who is two steps behind and FORD didn’t get bailed out

          1. Check with Reagan on that “Ford didn’t get bailed out”. In all rights Ford should not have made it out of the 80s. Forced induction does great at high elevation. If I lived up there I would sure buy a twin turbo.

            1. The guy is clearly a Ford fanboy and will refuse to believe anything negative about Ford.

              All BS aside the Cadillac had the cards stacked against it and still matched the Ford. The 6.2 8l90 is the combo to beat and while Ford is close, it still comes up short. Camaro/Mustang comparos are going to be really ugly for Ford.

    2. Andre, thank you for showing the rpm for peak torque. Doing the same for the horsepower would be nice too. It’s just helpful to be able to observe the range of power without having to look up the details on other sites.

    3. It is an interesting comparison. I’m still impressed with the 6.2l with the 8 speed. The horsepower advantage for the Caddy is negated when you are pushing 2 miles up. Another variation in the test is the horse trailer creates more of a wind brake when trying to accelerate. In the end the both perform quite well and remarkable comparable, especially considering the differences in the drive trains. One interesting thing is with the modern transmissions “learning process” I would be interested to re perform the test a couple times to see changes. Heck we all no consistent 0-60 times are not easy…

      For the record, discussing the rear end ratio is pointless unless you want to overlay the HP/torque curves with the transmission ratios… Which is never conclusive, and always subjective since each have good points, and bad points.

    4. Both did well. Really, the only variable that needed to be changed was they should have had the same trailer with the same weight. It doesn’t matter that the Caddy is heavier…that’s “it’s” fault. It also doesn’t matter that the Ford “only” has a 6-speed…that’s “it’s” fault. That’s the way the vehicles are. I suspect, towing the same weight, the Ford would be stronger at elevation due to the turbos, despite well less horsepower and torque. Everybody likes to slam Ford for not using a V8, but others should take notice of the turbo’s success in this truck.

      1. It’s a different kind of vehicle, not “its fault”. A Silverado, the same type of vehicle as the F-150, would have been lighter.

    5. The Ford and Slade are fairly evenly matched towing, however the gas mileage is the big difference. My buddy has the F150 ecoboost 3.5L with 3.23 gears and I have the GM Denali 1500 6.2L with 3.08 gears and we tow the same load (5700lbs) around Southern Colorado and I consistently get between 14-21mpg while he gets 10-18mpg (loaded and empty). His F150 works harder and his foot is constantly in the twin turbos going up grades or towing, while the 6.2L simply cruises along. When empty I can run the Denali on 4cyl much of the time. He even admits now that there is no substitute for cubic inches especially when combined with such excellent engineering.

      1. You consider GM to have “excellent engineering?” Are you freaking serious? Give that Escalade 10 years and it will have the appeal of a 2005 Escalade today. They are complete junk with a bit of chintz.

    6. Why do you guys test these vehicles at this altitude… Test them on the flat where we would normally use them i live in ny… this test is worthless to me

      1. We test them at altitude to stress the trucks out and show you how they behave near the limits. They are starving for oxygen, going up a steep incline, and temperatures can be near 80F in the summer or 0F in the winter. Also, our headquarters is in Boulder, Colorado. 🙂

      2. Cause they live in colorado and that is where they use there trucks….. Duh!!!! The average elevation of colorado is over 6500 ft and many western states have average elevations above a mile.

        TFLtruck crew, in this day and age these new 1/2 ton trucks are approach 3/4 ton territory in top motor trim. It would be great if you can just set a standard of 11k and tow it up with the Ford, GM, and Ram 1/2 tons and also test them against and with the same load as 3/4 ton gassers… Your test ecoboost in the past never really struggled to maintain speed limits pulling 11k up the hill but then you test a 3/4 ton Ram 6.4 hemi that couldn’t get out of its own way with just over a 12k load.

        It would be interesting to see how the 6.2 GM and the ford ecoboost do in efficiency and ability compared to there big brothers. Im thinking these new 1/2 tons are making 3/4 gassers irrelevant in todays truck market.

    7. I’m amused at all the ford and gm bashes on this site. Both are sound vehicles and BOTH performed well they just have some engineering differences in their build philosophy. All the remarks as to one lasting longer than the other…. why does it matter to most people on here. Not sure how long the 6.2l has been around but the economist is on it’s fifth year right now I I haven’t heard a ton of things bad about them. Then you look at the fact that most people only own a truck for 3 yrs and then upgrade. I’ve been a mechanic for over 12yrs now and everything on the market is LIGHT YEARS better then they were 10 plus yrs ago.

    8. I like what y’all do with these truck performance testing……. your fair and honest, you do the best you can with what you have I truly believe that. The cream always rises to the top at the end its the blue oval …… them Government motor guys just cant handle it! lol!

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