Green Oval? Ford Claims Top MPG Marks for Upcoming F-150 Diesel

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
green oval ford claims top mpg marks for upcoming f 150 diesel

Ford Motor Company claims its 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V6, due to appear under the hood of the F-150 starting in May, blows the competition out of the water in terms of fuel economy. The automaker now cites an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway figure for its light-duty diesel pickup, beating Ram’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel in pump-passing power.

The real test, however, comes later this year, when General Motors debuts its own light-duty Duramax mill — a Flint-built diesel inline-six of unannounced power and efficiency.

While the Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t yet added the rating to its website, Ford has happily announced its status as having the highest MPG rating for a full-size truck. In rear-drive guise, the F-150 diesel rates a 22 mpg figure in city driving, and 25 mpg combined. A 2018 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel RWD consumes fuel at a rate of 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.

The Ford truck sees environmental assistance from a 10-speed automatic transmission, whereas the Ram makes do with a six-speed. Dearborn also tops Auburn Heights in terms of twist, too. The F-150 Power Stroke meters out 220 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, good for a 11,400-pound towing figure. That’s 20 lb-ft more than what’s on offer from Ram. Retail customers can expect a payload capacity of 1,940 pounds, while fleet operators can boost the number by an extra 80 lbs.

In the Blue Oval stable, a base rear-drive F-150, boasting a dual-injection 3.3-liter V6, carries a rating of 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. The thriftiest 2.7-liter F-150 has a rating of 20 city/26 highway/22 combined.

“Even a few years ago, customers wouldn’t have imagined an EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg highway would be possible in a full-size pickup, but our team of crazy-smart engineers rose to the challenge,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president of product development and purchasing, in a statement.

Given that the HFE version of the 2015 Ram EcoDiesel carried a 29 mpg highway rating, it’s safe to say buyers probably felt 30 mpg was within the realm of possibility.

While GM’s 3.0-liter Duramax won’t be available for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s summer launch, it shouldn’t be too long before we see figures for that oil burner. What’s worrying for Ford is that the GM truck also carries a 10-speed automatic. Who wants to place MPG bets?

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  • Arach Arach on Apr 20, 2018

    I'll buy one! 30 MPG is freaking awesome from a PICKUP Truck. And where I live (already had this argument on another site), diesel is cheaper than midgrade gas (what is required by the V8s) (OH-IO!). (After a bunch of people compared gas buddy and otherwise, thats not true in places like california and the east coast, but in the midwest, Diesel is about the same price as regular, sometimes cheaper, sometimes more, but ALWAYS cheaper than midgrade) But If you live in the costs, fuel price and maintenance costs will likely make it "not worth it". More Horsepower in daily driving and haulting situations + better fuel economy? count me in. Now I can probably justify a truck for DD duty... which is going to make some people mad. So therefore you anti-truckers out there.. as trucks get into the 30MPG territory, their popularity is only going to grow. thats what I get out my Hyundai, and I only bought it for the fuel economy because 14 MPG in a truck wasn't going to cut it... but 30? sweet!

    • EBFlex EBFlex on Apr 20, 2018

      "I’ll buy one!" And you'll buy the 2WD version then?

  • Vulpine Vulpine on Apr 20, 2018

    "I read an interesting article on the direction and what current Baby Boomers want. They want a small to medium SUVs." --- Your article seems to have missed a class. Those boomers also want a small to medium pickup truck, not a Road Whale™ full sized or Road Whale Junior™ of a "mid-sized" pickup truck.

  • MKizzy The Mazda 6 wagon needs to be brought here pronto. Sexy looks aside, it would look less out of place in Mazda's CUV lineup vs the sedan, and since Mazda wants to go "premium," wagon customers tend to be the most affluent (if Daimer-Benz is to be believed). My second choice is the attractive Hyundai i40 wagon, which would replace the defunct VW Sportwagon in the small/mid size wagon niche.
  • Carlson Fan GM needs new leadership. A 9000lb off-road vehicle???? Don't get that thing stuck in a remote area.Imagine if they had brought back the iconic K5 Blazer name and built something to compete with the Wrangler like Ford did with the Bronco. They could have offered that with an electric power train in addition to the gas models. Ford may have some quality issues right now but whoever is steering that ship knows what they are doing. The Bronco & Maverick where both brilliant ideas.
  • Carlson Fan "But it does give General Motors an opportunity to dangle a diesel in front of the faces of consumers and presumably one that yields better gas mileage than the 6.2-liter V8 they’d otherwise be buying."I'll take the 6.2 thank you. The diesel offers some advantages over gas if you use the truck for towing, lower total cost of ownership isn't one of them. I'll add in the gas engine offers better long term reliability & cold weather performance if you live where it snows like me.
  • Carrera The diesels built during the last 10-15 years, if kept stock, don't really stink at all.
  • MaintenanceCosts I keep finding myself drawn to the Fox PLCs, both the Thunderbird and the Mark VII. They really got the design right by 1980s standards. The cars were reasonably sized but didn't look dinky like the 1986 Eldorado, they were comfortable and drove pretty well, and they were available with a 302 (that even got non-asthmatic in the late years).When I bought my first car - a 1987 Taurus - I also thought about Aerobirds, but I decided (probably correctly, given the number of carpools I was part of) that I wanted four doors.