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Old 01-08-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

'Ping sleeps under cover until March or April.

We are thinking of surprising her when she revives from her Sleeping Beauty rest with a new tow vehicle.

Searching the forum, we are probably going to look at the Toyota RAV4s or Highlander. My problem is that I would like a "real" 4 wheel drive.

Has anyone tried the Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost I am particularly interested in how much the fuel economy dips when pulling an Escape 17 or 19. Most of the small V6 SUVs take a big hit when towing... I am wondering if the truck gearing with the aprox. 300 hp would be more comparable to a V8 in fuel consumption while towing.

Any advice or insights would be welcome.
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

Not sure what you mean by 'real' four-wheel-drive, given that on the RAV4 you can push a switch to lock in the 4-wheel, if you need to. Rest of the time it decides for itself how power needs to be distributed to the wheels.

I'm not trying to sell you a RAV4, but remember, you have to park that F150, so you need to consider all the ways you will use the vehicle, unless you're just buying it for towing.

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Old 01-08-2012, 08:04 PM   #3
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

The RAV4 is probably the vehicle of choice mostly because of fuel efficiency when not towing.

As someone who occasionally wanders well past where the pavement ends the comment about "real" four wheel drive was meant to mean a four wheel drive system with high and low range, locking differential, etc. How is the RAV4 chained up on all four wheels pushing snow with the bumper?

I have read all the posts in this forum regarding pros and cons of various tow vehicles. The one issue that I have with the RAV4 (and the other small SUVs) is the #3500 towing capacity. While this seems to be adequate for the Escape, I have a boat that I have to weigh before deciding whether to go up a size on the TV. The closest government weigh scale is 200 km (120 US miles) away and I'm too cheap to buy a trailer scale.

The Ford Ecoboost seems to be an option.

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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

I've never been in the situation where I had to lock the 4X4.
As for snow, I'm counting on global warming.

Around 100-Mile parking isn't an issue and a pick-up is handy for hauling wood or moose.
As for the RAV4, I wish I had gotten the leather seats ( dog hairs stick in the fabric seats ) and the backup camera ( so I don't schmuk the spare tire that hangs off the back ).

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Old 01-08-2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

I've got one of those!!!!!

23,000 trouble free km's so far. Our's is an FX4 crewcab longbox (6.5'). For 8 months of the year, every other weekend, we're out dirtbiking. So I needed a truck that could carry 4 people and 3 dirtbikes and tow our 17B (which is for sale. 19' on order!!!) I used to have a Tacoma that was adequate but the F150 is way more capable. It gets about the same or better mileage whether it's empty or towing as the Taco did but it's got waaaayyyy more power. The torque is just fantastic. It pulls very hard from 2000 - 3000 rpm so it never revs. Last summer we did western Colorado, Ouray and Silverton, and it never had any problems pulling up some very high passes. The Tacoma did the same route a few years ago but it had to work much harder.

Overall I love the truck. The only downside......it's a BIG truck. We also have a Jetta for driving around town.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:54 PM   #6
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

Why don't you look at a American made Truck like the Toyota Tundra. What happened to the Fargo and Mercury pickup for Canadians those models may get better gas mileage towing Canadian built trailers.
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

F150's are made in Mexico Mine was assembled in Dearborn Michigan.

I looked at the Tundra but to get a cab that could hold 4 people comfortably meant having a box that was tiny. Plus, while the Tundra has a great motor, it can't compete with the low end torque of the Ecoboost or the decent fuel mileage it gets.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:07 PM   #8
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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

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Why don't you look at a American made Truck like the Toyota Tundra instead of a truck made in Mexico.
I like Mexico



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Overall I love the truck. The only downside......it's a BIG truck. We also have a Jetta for driving around town.
Hi Paul S. : Thanks for posting this information.

One question: What is the difference in fuel economy towing the Escape vs. empty? The truck I am kinda looking at is a 2011 extended cab (not the 4 door) and is not much bigger than my present Dakota Quadcab. The Dakota with a small V8 gets about 21 mpg (imperial miles and gallons) empty and about 14 mpg (again imperial) towing my boat. I have not calculated mileage towing the Escape which should be better than towing the boat because my wife is riding shotgun when towing the Escape.

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Why don't you look at a American made Truck like the Toyota Tundra instead of a truck made in Mexico.
I know to guys that own Tundras and love them when not towing. However, they both load heavy trailers once in a while for major trips and, according to them, get about 300 km (200 miles?) before needing to re-fuel. They have both told me that they would not get another Tundra for towing.

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Re: Any experiences with 2011 Ford F150 V6 Ecoboost???

Empty I can easily get 21 mpg (Imp.) and, depending on conditions, have gotten 24 mpg. The trick is not driving too fast!!! Mileage drops pretty quickly at 120km/hr. Towing the trailer I usually see around 17 mpg. When I'm pulling the trailer I usually max out at 100km/hr so that would certainly contribute to the decent towing mileage.

The FX4 in 2011 was only available with a 3.73 rearend but the 2012 has a 3.55 option as well. I'd get the 3.55 if I was to order again. I'll be getting larger tires soon so that will offset the 3.73 rearend somewhat but there will be more rolling resistance so......!!!
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