What is the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost like to drive? This is an all new engine for the full-size Ford, and it’s not big on displacement. However, it is lighter than the V8 and uses turbocharging to produce 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. These are big numbers for the small motor.
This test truck is a crew cab Sport model. Ford has not yet released detailed payload and towing specifications for every configuration, but the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 can be configured to a maximum payload rating of 2,250 lbs and 8,500 lbs of towing. This should be enough for most recreational tasks: towing a boat, camper, or carrying motorcycles and ATVs.
EPA and Ford have not yet released MPG estimates to the 2015 F-150, but Ford is estimating a 20% efficiency improvement over the previous generation truck. The most economic 2014 F-150 is rated at 17 MPG city and 23 MPG highway. The 2015 truck could reach 20 MPG in the city and 27-28 MPG on the highway. Of course, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is rated at 28 MPG on the highway, so Ford will pull out all stops to at least match the Ram.
It’s not clear whether the base normally aspirated 3.5L V6 or the 2.7L EcoBoost will bring the best MPG numbers for Ford.
Watch this fun and informative TFLtruck first drive video as Roman and Nathan the 2015 crew cab Sport in Texas.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.