Did you know that Ford offers a V-6 engine that doesn’t include EcoBoost? Because it does. Don’t feel too bad if you got that wrong though. Since the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine’s introduction two years ago, Ford has managed to move over 300,000 F-150s equipped with the all-new twin-turbo six-cylinder mill. The 3.7-liter V-6 engine, rated at 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, while still powerful in its own right, isn’t as fuel efficient or strong as the EcoBoost model. In fact, the 3.7-liter variant has 63 less horsepower than the EcoBoost model while being underscored again by 1-2 mpg.
You may be asking yourself “Why is the non-EcoBoost V-6 engine still around then?” and we were wondering the same thing before we actually drove it. Should you just pocket the $2,095 it would take to add the EcoBoost engine option? We’re not going to say here, but we will say that the EcoBoost engine is a major break-through in the fight for fuel efficiency for Ford. We’ll also remind you again that Ford has sold over 300,000 F-150 units since the Blue Oval began pairing it with the EcoBoost engine. And with that, go check out the 2013 Ford F-150 XLT 4X2 Supercab Road Test and make the decision for yourself.