2011 Ford F-150 reviewed
Gone are the days when pickup trucks came with large powerful torque loaded engines that tow just about anything. You can’t have a full sized truck and good fuel mileage. The high price of gasoline is changing what people drive for work trucks. None of those statements are true because of the new motors designed for the F-150 line of trucks. Recently I was lucky enough to buy a new truck for work, the 2011 F-150 two wheel drive 3.7 liter V6. When I compared a 2010 f-150 with a 2011 model not much has changed in the styling, however under the hood, Ford has just introduced all new and more fuel efficient v6 engines for 2011.
The V6 engines for 2011
The F-150 I drive for work, came with the standard motor which is the 3.7 liter V6. According to the Ford website it is a 225 cubic inch motor with Sequential multi-port electronic injection, Direct Acting Mechanical Bucket (DAMB) valvetrain, making 302 peek horse power, mated to a new 6 speed with over drive transmission. If that is not a enough power for you, and you can afford a $1700.00 dollar option, the all new 3.5L V6 EcoBoost motor can be ordered in your F-150. It may be a smaller displacement engine, but a twin turbo system is added to make the horse power of a V-8 with the fuel efficiency of a V6. The peak horse power for the EcoBoost motor is 365, which is the same rating that Ford gives for there 5 liter V-8 motor. According to the Ford website the big difference is the fuel mileage recorded between the V6 verses the V-8. Ford lists both V6 motors as getting over 21 miles to the gallon on the highway and 16 miles to the gallon in the city. The V-8 drops down to 19 on highway and 14 miles to the gallon in the city.
My thoughts about the 2011 F-150
I have driven about 5000 miles so far on my work truck and have had no problems. It went in for the first oil change at about 3000 miles and now they say the computer will tell me when i need the next one. Fuel economy has been good, most of the time, when I check the mileage myself, I average a little over 18 miles to the gallon, driving a mixture of about 40 percent highway and 60 percent city. If I tow my trailer the mileage drops off , but not that much, maybe down by 3 or 4 miles to the gallon. The 3.7 liter V6 seems to have plenty of power for my needs, and even feels more powerful than my old 2001 F-150. In conclusion, I am glad i waited until the 2011 model year to replace my work truck with the new designed V6 equipped F-150. It seems to have been a good choice for me.