What Ford F-150 Engine is the Best?

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Ford F-150 Engine Customization

The 2019 Ford F-150 offers an impressive amount of customization inside and out, allowing you to tailor the truck to your specific needs. Within this customization, the most important aspect is which engine you choose. With four distinct options to choose from, it can be tricky to pick which is best for you - that's why our Greenbrier Truck Town experts have put together a comprehensive F-150 engine guide, seen below. Read on to discover which engine option offers the balance of power, capability, and efficiency you need to get through your workweek with ease.

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3.3L Ti-VCT V6

3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine

The standard 3.3L V6 Ti-VCT engine was first introduced for the 2018 model year and comes standard on XL and XLT trim levels. This naturally aspirated base engine offers a dynamic balance of performance and efficiency, with 290 HP and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. And, due to its dynamic tuning and 12:1 compression ratio, this engine is capable of achieving 25 MPG highway when properly equipped. Owners will appreciate a maximum towing capacity of up to 7,700 lbs. and maximum payload capacity of up to 1,990 lbs. as well.

Pros & Cons

While this engine is not the most powerful F-150 engine option available, it still offers ample towing and pulling power. If you will only use your truck for occasional light to medium duty tasks, this engine still has all the power you need to get the job done. It also offers impressive fuel efficiency that will help you save when compared to more powerful engines.

Why would you choose this engine?

This engine is perfect for the budget-conscious consumer that still has a healthy to-do list. If you want to save on everyday operating costs while still packing incredible capability, this might be the perfect option for you.

2.7L Turbocharged EcoBoost® V6

2.7L Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine

The 2.7L EcoBoost® is the newest Ford EcoBoost® engine to be equipped to the legendary F-150 pickup, first introduced 2015. Now, the engine is on its second-generation and boasts more power and efficiency than ever before. This twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 utilizes a combination of direct injection and turbocharging to ensure power when you need it and efficiency in-between. The 2.7L EcoBoost® engine produces 325 HP and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, which is good for a maximum towing capacity of up to 9,000 lbs. and maximum towing capacity of up to 2,470 lbs. Even still, this engine is capable of providing drivers with up to 26 MPG Highway when properly equipped.

Pros & Cons

Heavy-duty applications will still want an engine with more towing power, but those who need additional power without sacrificing fuel economy will truly appreciate this engine. If you need something more powerful than the 3.3L V6, but still want impressive efficiency, then this engine is perfect for you.

Why should you choose this engine?

This engine offers an amazing balance between efficiency and towing power. If the 3.3L V6 doesn't offer the towing and pulling power you need, but you still want to be conscious of your fuel economy, then the 2.7L EcoBoost® V6 is an excellent option to consider.

5.0L Ti-VCT V8

5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine

Often referred to as the "Five-Oh," this powerful 5.0L V8 offers sportscar levels of power to ensure that your Ford F-150 is ready for some of the toughest jobs on the planet. Muscle car fans know the phrase "there's no replacement for displacement" and engines like this are a clear example. This naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 is a powerhouse of torque, good for 400 lb.-ft. as well as 395 HP. With all that power, Ford F-150 models equipped with the 5.0L V8 engine are capable of towing up to 11,600 lbs. and pulling up to 3,270 lbs. when properly equipped.

Pros & Cons

While this engine is incredibly powerful and offers the best F-150 payload capacity available, that capability comes at a price. While this engine is still capable of up to 22 MPG Highway when properly equipped, it is not as efficient as its EcoBoost® contemporaries.

Why should you choose this engine?

If your job involves large payloads and you don't mind the fuel efficiency, then the 5.0L V8 is the right engine for you. Also, many owners appreciate the responsiveness and overall driving characteristics of a large, naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 engine.

3.5L Turbocharged EcoBoost® V6

3.5L Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine

Originally released in 2011, the 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 was the very first EcoBoost® engine to be equipped to a Ford F-150. Over the years, this engine has turned skeptics into believers by offering peerless towing power and stunning amounts of torque - all while offering impressive efficiency. The 3.5L EcoBoost™ V6 produces up to 375 HP and 470 lb.-ft. of torque and provides up to 25 MPG Highway when properly. All that power allows drivers to tow up to 13,200 lbs. and deliver payloads up to 3,200 lbs.

Pros & Cons

While the 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 offers the highest max. towing capacity available for the Ford F-150 with impressive fuel economy, it is also the most expensive engine option available. Also, this engine is not tuned for Flex Fuel capability, so if that is a dealbreaker, this engine is not for you.

Why should you choose this engine?

This engine is for those who need to take care of heavy-duty tasks, but prefer the drivability of the Ford F-150 over larger models. If you want best-in-class towing, then the 3.5L EcoBoost® is your go-to option.

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