Can You Beat the MPG of the F-150 EcoBoost Challenge Competitors?
AUG
17

With the past couple of years of higher fuel prices in the U.S., many people have honed their driving skills. Instead of trying to set better lap times on a road course, they are trying to beat their previous best fuel economy. There’s even a name for it – hypermiling – defined by the New Oxford American Dictionary as the practice of making adjustments to a vehicle or using driving techniques that will maximize the vehicle’s fuel economy.

Ford is launching the Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge on August 17, 2011, pitting eight drivers representing eight U.S. cities against each other in to see who can get the best fuel economy in an EcoBoost®-equipped Ford F-150. The winner will be determined through a blended score measuring the highest average miles per gallon achieved throughout the week, the most votes on the Ford Facebook page and how many volunteers participated in a community improvement project that is also part of the challenge.

The winning driver receives a year’s supply of free Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline. Plus, Shell will provide free regular-grade gasoline (up to 15 gallons per vehicle) at two local stations in the winning driver’s hometown on Sept. 2 for two hours and 22 minutes – in honor of the 22 mpg the F-150 EcoBoost delivers on the highway.

You can learn more about the Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge and see updates at www.facebook.com/ford.

Each driver in the challenge will drive an F-150 EcoBoost truck for one week. The first five days of the challenge involve a real-world fuel efficiency competition, with the average miles per gallon monitored via the Ford Crew Chief™ system installed in each truck.

Challenge cities are Louisville, Ky.; Pittsburgh; Houston; San Diego; Orlando, Fla.; Denver; Kansas City, Mo.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The EcoBoost Challenge drivers come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from a middle school biology teacher to a Twitter user with more than 40,000 followers.

The community service piece of the contest teams drivers up with their local communities to create a goodwill project on Aug. 27, 2011, that includes public support. Drivers will create their own community projects, using the F-150 EcoBoost trucks to carry materials to their project sites.

The 2011 Ford F-150 equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers an unbeatable combination of power, capability and efficiency, making it perfect for this challenge. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, complementing the best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque the engine produces. It also offers best-in-class conventional towing of 11,300 pounds and best-in-class payload of 3,060 pounds. EcoBoost is fundamental to Fords strategy to provide technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement powertrains that deliver uncompromised performance and fuel efficiency. Ford EcoBoost engines deliver fuel efficiency gains of up to 20 percent and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent, compared with larger, less-efficient engines.

By 2013, Ford plans to offer EcoBoost engines in up to 90 percent of its North American nameplates, supporting global sales of 1.5 million EcoBoost-powered vehicles per year.

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72 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Al My 2006 E350 5.4 2v van averages 20 mpg driving 50 to 55 mph.
3 months(s) ago via
Dave Dave Hutto I have a 2013 F150 Eco with 3.73 gears 4x4 Supercrew. Average 16.3 in town at just below 70 I get 18.3 at 75 I get 17.3. Not imprssed with mileage thus far. I have 5,800 miles on it.
1 year(s) ago via
Charles M Charles Maples...My 11 FX2 supercrew cab w/ECOBOOST . I do good to get 14mpg arround town. Sure hope it improves soon!!
2 year(s) ago via
Charlie Vickers Just got my 2011 F150 Supercrew 4x4 with Ecoboost. Absolutely love this truck and this engine. Last weeks trip from Greensboro, NC to Atlanta, Ga and back got me 22.5mpg hwy and 19 mpg combined city and north Ga mountain driving. Could not be more pleased.
2 year(s) ago via
Jim Krider Just got a F150 EcoBoost... I'm getting maybe 12 mpg.
2 year(s) ago via
jerry I have 2011 eco boost f150 and the fuel mileage is just 13 city to 17 hwy on my last trip. My tundra with 5.7 got better mileage ?
2 year(s) ago via
Jodi Armando Galeas I LOVE MY 2011 ford F150 4X4. V8. Get 15 mpg around town and 21 highway
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
diane harrold Just bought the new ecoboost. Love it! I have a f150 2004 could of traded it in put i saved it for my daughter. My husband has a 1999 f250 all are in great shape. Keep up the good work building ford trucks that last!
2 year(s) ago via
pradeepa aaa ford is always the best one
2 year(s) ago via
Adam Sugg Just give me a bronco i will be happy.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nathan Eversole It's not just Ford that has to worry about fuel economy, all manufacturers do. Have you notice the new Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima don't have a V-6 option? The next Fusion and Escape won't either. Every manufacturer has to achieve better fuel economy because it has been mandated by congress. Yes the Ranger has been put to rest but truth be told not much has changed since 1996. Anew truck will be hitting our shores eventually but it will be a true compact truck with a 4 cylinder and an ecoboost option. The reason Ford has shyed away from cylinder deactivation is because Ford wants to makes things as uncomplicated as possible. Here's a thought for you: The 5.7L Hemi with cylinder deactivation gets the same fuel mileage as the Ford SVT Raptor F-150 which has a 6.2L V-8 without cylinder deactivation and has 21 more horsepower.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Aidan Olson Dear Ford whatever u do for the new gt don't put an ecoboost v6 in it keep the v8!!!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
tom chiapperini Hope they keep my ranger going...A new interior and the mustang v6 and 6 speed option would take it in to the next decade and much cheaper than ecoboost
2 year(s) ago via
Andrew Weigle I doubt it!! the power is great out of a v6 Dad has an 07 Chevy Silverado (Ford and chevy in that order make the best trucks) that has a 5.3 v8 that puts out 315 hp whereas Ford has a 3.5 v6 with 360 hp (I'm prolly getting an 03 f150 for my first Ford) just wishing there was a more powerful f150 option than the Raptor at a good price Looking for 500 - 800 hp and 800 lb ft tourque for an f 150 sport truck with 5 - 6 gears in the rear end and a 0-60 time of 3.0 secs but most likely will settle for the 03 with the 5.4 v8 tho great starter truck!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Douglas Bell Not just killing the Ranger,but also the Sport trac. Forcing people to buy an F150 is stupidest idea I ever heard. I don't want an F150 its to big, cost more to buy. Here is a news flash Ford. Are you ready, NOT EVERYONE WANTS A FULL SIZE TRUCK. They lost me as a long term customer. Good going,I wish executives would listen to the customers for once
2 year(s) ago via
John P Sullivan 300 Highway miles Saturday in my F150 XLT 4X4, cruise on 65 = 22.7 MPG, city driving only 17.7 MPG..... I love my new truck but the EcoBoost needs cylinder deactivation too. Oh and if you put your foot to the floor Pure joy! It's an Amazing Engine just wait 1 second for the turbos to spool up and the transmission to down shift it's a rocket, only the fastest cars can out accelerate it.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ranger fan I got 27 mph highway in my 3.0 V6 2008 ranger why you killing the ranger?
2 year(s) ago via
Kurtis Gagnon Why is Ford so worried about gas millage ... I'll put all the gas it takes in my f150 but when you have to pay $1,702 to get a broken plug removed (Ford dealer's fault) then that really pisses me off!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Jackson I'm wantin an ecoboost bad as my 04 sierra 5.3 drinks the gas. Just can't justify the price yet though. Please come out with a RCSB 2wd!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ron Kennedy As for 500k without a rebuild , hell yeah it's been done! Like you say , it's in the maintenance .
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ron Kennedy Never seen a ranger get 30mpg ^
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jay Marking I get avg 25mpg on my Ranger with mostly town driving, on highway, I can get as high as 31mpg! Still don't understand why you are killing the Ranger!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marc 22mpg YEAH RIGHT.
2 year(s) ago via
Nathan Eversole In regards to Richard Purvis' comments: It is true that inline engines do last longer, however 500k without a rebuild? I don't buy that. Also regardless what the engine is it depends on how well it is maintained and how it is driven. Plus these days most people don't have their vehicles rebuilt repeatedly and if I could have a new inline 300 six versus the ecoboost I would take the ecoboost. More power and better fuel economy. The 300 six was great in its day, but it was laid to rest in 1996 because newer technology evolved. Change is not a bad thing. Old technology can only go so far.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dustin Tiedt Wats the mpg again sorry I forgot
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Harsimran Dhiman cant beat that mpg but i'm sure can do much better in designing for ford motors :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joel Kopp I'll tell you what , my 2011 EcoBoost f150 super crew 157 wheelbase FX4 gets 15 around town at BEST . Slightly better than my 2010 5.4 did . Highway I got about 19.5 at 60mph . Not bad but my truck has 3:73"s on the rear
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Our American Cars Good luck! This truck is beyond perfect with the ecoboost. Ford rocks!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brian Conley 22.4 MPG in my 2010 with the 5.4 non EcoBoost
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Holly Tony Taibi I get 29 mpg on a 2012 v6 mustang
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gabriel S Williams Imma G.M guy bt i love this F-150 with tha eco-boost wow ! Ford might b my nxt truck.....!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Phillips I love my F150 with the ecoboost... I made it from Clearwater fl to Northern Va on less than two tanks(26gallon) going 80 with the air on. Average mpg was 21 to 22.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Richard Purvis While the old 300 ftlb I-6 was a strong motor and being inline, was perfectly balanced. In the olden days, we used 300"s in dump trucks and still got 10 mpg. UPS still uses a version in a few package trucks.....hmmmm. Add some forged steel or find A dump truck 300..you've got a v8 eating balanced monster.... so yeah show us your numbers with ecoboost. While I'm not a v-configuration fan, as inline is smoother and longer lasting....it'll be nice to see a smaller engine getting numbers at the pump and at the hitch. Will it last 500k miles?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dylan G. Murray Hey Ford,I'll "test"your Ecoboost engine for you, just send me a truck
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brian Schoenrock Good luck to the winners
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Carlos Comacho I presently own a Dodge Ram and I am not to happy with it, so sign me up.
2 year(s) ago via
Nathan Eversole I don't know who said the hemi got 24mpg but that's pretty interesting sice the EPA says it gets 12mpg in town and 17mpg on the freeway...worst numbers in a half ton truck.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nick Basnett Ford Im trying to get a fusion cuz I fell in love with it a few yrs back. I really want a 2008 or 09 black with red sticking interior such a beauty:)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dakota Courtois ... Right. So as I can tell, the "drivers" were pre-selected, the pre-selected cities really limit who can really participate in this, and you've limited it to really a select brand of gas. Not cool. //anyone else's Fords have a "FORD RECOMMENDS BP" logo on it in the gas door?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Zachary McDonald Make mine the 5.0 of old or new. Ford V8-The BEST never rest.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nathan Eversole Now show me engine that can compete against the ecoboost V-6 with those hp and torque numbers and achieve the same or better fuel mileage...any takers?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Steven Queensberry 2004 F150 5.4 with a Jack Roush cold air intake gets 14 to 15 at best, can't wait to get one of these new motors
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
El Borikken The reason ecoboost gets better its because its turbo charge
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Auger 24 mpg in a hemi ram lmao... I had one for 3 yrs, once I saw 24.6 and that's because I reset it going down a hill. Other than that 12.5 was the magic number. Even with the 300 I-6 f150 I had I only got 12/13.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tahseen Muhammad To Rodney wilcox I don't think ur 95 f150 inline 6 can pull 11,300 with 420 foot pounds of torque just so u know buddy
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Greg Dobbs By best you are referring as reliable.. Maybe.. Towing power. Um no..that is a ridiculous claim.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joseph Yartins I want in this challenge.. But I will use my 98 longbed supercab. It has the 4.2 v6 that y'all should have used for the ecoboost. It in it's n/a form can get the same mpg as the 3.5 boosted.. And I guarantee if the 4.2 were boosted it would get at least 3 more mpg than the ecoboost..
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brian Andersen I agree jeff the 300 6 cylinder was the best motor ford made
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nugi Nugster My 97 F150 Flareside with 203,347 miles still on a full tank for 6 months. Does that count? Although, I've been on my Harley for 6 months.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ron Kennedy A lot o these numbers sound like B.S. ! A hemi that get 24+ mpg , your not fooling no one! A 7.3 that gets 22 mpg would have to be all highway , going downhill with the cruise set at 100km/hr . You gotta do the math, not what the dash says
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Larry B. Meredith Hell, my 88 T-Bird Sport, with 268,000 miles on all original drive train gets better mileage than that.
2 year(s) ago via
Jeff Sherren i agree with rodney the 300 straight six was the best 6 banger ever made my dads 77 150 had 250000 when we retired it cuz the frame was shot still never used a drop of oil, got over 20 mpg even while towin a 17ft ski boat, hell da strib was still where the factory put it when it was built
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jason Harle and it has 167000 miles
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jason Harle I get 22mpg,daily out of my 06 f-150 4.6,running at highway speed
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Greg Dobbs What are you smokin Rodney?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
William Vaccaro Most os the serious F-150 owners, still have their truck, pre-catalytic converter.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kevin Steele I've got a 99 superduty 7.3 lariat and I can get 22mpg highway
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rodney Wilcox my '95 F150 300 straight 6 has more pulling power and gets better mileage, plus it lasts this new stuff doesnt last at all
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ron Hubers I'll be more than happy to test the F-150 EcoBoost for you! You loan me the truck, I'll pay for the gas!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Maples Well my 1999 E-350 5.4 gets the same gas mileage as my stock 1973 E-100 302, answer me how in such a long time town mileage is 10 MPG. This is why when you look at the new Ford Econoline they don't list the EPA mileage, embarasment!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrew DeSpirito We've got 14,000 miles on our 2011 F-150 Lariat 4X4 EcoBoost, and we've got a lifetime average of 18.7 mpg, with mostly city driving. We're absolutely THRILLED with the mileage of this beast!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Vincenzo Gallo 24.2 highway in my Hemi Ram
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jodi Diane Galeas Love my V8 F-150
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sonia Stanley go the ford and my xy
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
William Vaccaro Sell your eco boost and electric cars to the State Troopers.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
El Borikken its a ford
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chris Podnar My 2009 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4-cylinder non-hybrid is rated 17/25 and I have gotten 31 out of it on trips multiple times.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chad Brown naw i will stick with a v8! plus what is all the hype cause the 3.5 v6 only gets 1mpg more than the v8 and its more expensive.. so ill stick with the 5.0 and with a couple of power adders i blow the v6 out of the water for alot less money!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Agostino de Santo ford la robustezza in persona auto da mitici
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jay Hamill I can probably win for the lowest fuel economy numbers. ;)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Agostino de Santo grande casa automobilistica la ford sono veramente eccezionali come escort taunus capri ecc grandi macchine
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ali Kıymaz YiNe vUrduN bee zAlİm haYat
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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