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Old 11-18-2017, 01:38 AM   #1
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Best pickup to buy for escape 5.ota

I'm a Boomer woman needing all the help I can get! Gotta buy a pickup to go get my new Escape. Thinking to buy a Ford 150 Eco. Plan to haul it over mountains so need good performance. 5.OTA owners - I'll appreciate your recommendations!
Thanks, Rachel Frazin

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Old 11-18-2017, 03:02 AM   #2
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Hi Rachel,

Another Boomer here. I tow my 5.0TA with a F150 V6 Eco Crew Cab with short bed. I have been very happy with the towing. No problems with grades, etc. Most of the time, I forget the trailer is back there - rarely feel it. I have a B W Patriot 5th wheel hitch.

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Old 11-18-2017, 06:55 AM   #3
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I don’t know which is the “best”, I have a Chev Silverado 1500 with tow pkg/ 5.3 engine. I have towed over the Rockies and have driven with the trailer approx. 35,000 miles and I really love the combination. As was said above, no matter what the conditions I barely know it’s there. I also get pretty good gas mileage towing.
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:49 AM   #4
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I traded a GMC for the Ford before I got the Escape, liked the ride and comfort of the GMC better but wanted the power of the then new Ecoboost. Chances are unless you get a lemon you'll be happy with the Ford, of course you'd probably be happy with a GMC, Dodge, or Tundra. With the right options I think they'll all do the job.

I have the 3.5 Ecoboost, there was no 2.7 at the time, it's great going up mts, plenty of power. I have the 8' bed but if I was to do it over I'd get the 6 1/2'. Get the extended range gas tank, and if possible the heavy payload and towing options, don't know what truck configurations they can be had with these days though.

I hear good things about the 2.7 Eb so it's an option to think about. Personally I like having more then enough power and will take the hit at the pumps for it. Others are happy with the power of the 2.7 and get better mileage. You could also go over the top and get a Raptor, it's 3.5 has even more power. Of course you pay for it in $.
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:07 AM   #5
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Hi Rachel, welcome to the site.

I would highly recommend getting used to navigating this forum, as it is a wealth of information from a whole lot of knowledgeable and helpful folks.

While the Ford EcoBoost was my choice (3.5 litre), there are other very capable pickups that have the capacities as well. As long as it has the towing capacity (and any 1/2 ton will) and has the cargo capacity to carry the hitch weight and all other cargo (a few fall short here), along with not being too tall, you should be fine.
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:17 AM   #6
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I tow our 5.0TA with a GMC 1500 and love the pickup, I just don't love the fact that it's a short bed. Although I have enough clearance, my recommendation is to get at least a 6.5 ft bed. Also pay close attention the payload ratings for the pickup you buy. They are posted on the drivers door jam. Good luck.
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:28 AM   #7
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Just to echo what others have said, if I was considering a full size truck to tow a 5.0TA, I would get the 6.5' bed, not the short bed. Other than that, as has been mentioned, there are alot of trucks that will do the job well. I'm completely sold on the F150 with the EcoBoost V6 though, and admit my bias. Marry that up to their 10 speed transmission and you've got a real winner - albeit a pricey one.
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:15 AM   #8
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If I was buying new......diesel..... torque (never worry about a mountain pass), mileage, and longevity....There’s a couple options...Dodge 1/2T with the 3.0L or Chev/GMC Colorado variant with the 2.8L....
Hey, I could have suggested 3/4T with a full size diesel, just didn’t want to hear the complaints of overkill......
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:24 AM   #9
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Many excellent responses. I would echo what Bob said for the most part.

My own two cents is go rent a truck that you're thinking about to get a feel for it. Also Nissan with the Cummins would be a strong contender, meaning all tow package 1/2 tons are suitable chariots

Is this a dedicated towing vehicle?
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Old 11-18-2017, 12:28 PM   #10
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I was not a Ford buyer before, but I am now, having had a 2012 F150 first generation eco boost and now the second generation 2017 eco boost with the 10 speed transmission. 470 foot pounds of torque means you will always have enough power on the hills yet the economy of a 6 when not hooked up...if you keep your foot out of it. Love the engine so much we also bought an Explorer sport for the wife just because it also has the eco boost.

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