• MPG Challenge: How Efficient is the 2018 Ford F150 Diesel Empty and Towing? (Video)

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    2018 Ford F150 Diesel – real-world mpg testing

    How does the new 2018 Ford F150 Diesel perform in the real world on TFLtruck’s highway MPG Challenge? We ran the truck on our 98-mile highway loop twice to find out. We ran this fully-optioned F150 Lariat crew cab long-bed 4×4 empty at a steady 70 MPH. We also hooked up a 7,000 lbs CM Trailers Cargo Mate trailer and did the loop again at the same speed.

    Under the hood of this truck is a 3.0L Power Stroke V6 with a rating of 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This 4×4 truck has a towing package with a 3.55 rear axle ration. We run all of our efficiency tests in 2WD mode.

    We wanted to find out how the real-world unladen truck fuel efficiency compares to the 25 MPG highway EPA rating. Can we do better or worse than the EPA suggests? Also, how does the truck perform with a 7,000 lbs 20-foot long trailer?

    TFLtruck is the only organization out there that does consistent towing fuel economy testing. We have tested dozens of trucks and full-size SUVs on this exact loop with the same 7,000 lbs trailer. In fact, we ran F150 trucks with the 5.0L V8, 3.5L EcoBoost V6, and an F-150 Raptor using this truck/fuel stop and the same procedure. Calculated 9.1 towing MPG was the best we could manage in an EcoBoost-powered truck. How much better will the F-150 Power Stroke be?

    Get all of the details in the video below.

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