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2.7 Liter EcoBoost Pros and Cons

Sunday, March 1st 2015. | 2015 Ford F-150, Reviews
2015 Ford F-150 XL Work Truck

2015 Ford F-150 XL Work Truck

Ford’s all new, for the 2015 Ford F-150, 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 is an incredibly powerful engines for its size. So powerful that it trades blows with the 5.0 liter V8 from Ford and the 5.3 liter EcoTec3 V8 from Chevy. It produces 325 horsepower and 375 ft-lb’s of torque. So I thought it’d be a good idea to go over the pros and cons of this brand new engine. I always like to get the cons out of the way first:

  1. It’s a brand new engine, so not much is known about it yet. While this is true, the EcoBoost line-up as a whole has quite a few years under its belt by now, so while this particular size has yet to prove itself, the lineup as a whole has been well-received.
  2. Consumes more fuel when towing than its big brother the 3.5 liter EcoBoost (read more here), this is a drawback for small turbo engines, when the turbo’s are producing boost the engine sucks down the fuel. Due to its larger displacement the 3.5 EcoBoost doesn’t spool up its turbo’s quite as much. So this is definitely a truck for someone that only tows from time to time.
  3. That brings us to our 3rd point, you should spend the extra money on a 3.5 EcoBoost or 5.0 Coyote V8 if you are planning on doing a lot of heavy towing and hauling.
2015 2.7 Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine

2015 2.7 Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine

Now for the Pros:

  1. The engine is only a $495 option over the base 3.5 liter V6 (non EcoBoost). I think therefore it is a no-brainer for anyone that is in the market for a base model truck.
  2. At 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway it’s a very efficient engine, another reason it’s better than the base 3.5 liter V6, which gets 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The 3.5 liter EcoBoost drops 1 more mpg from here at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
  3. It’s in my opinion a great engine for most non-business/construction truck buyers. Most truck owners do not hitch a 12,000 pound trailer behind their F-150 and most truck owners do not require gargantuan payload capacity.
  4. It’s not far behind the 3.5 EcoBoost V6 performance wise at 325hp/375tq vs 365hp/420tq, that’s only a difference of 40 horsepower and 45 ft-lb’s of torque. Am I saying it’s making the 3.5 liter unnecessary in Ford’s lineup? Absolutely not, its additional power and displacement are definitely important. But as I mentioned in #3, for many people that’s likely not necessary. In the future there will be even more separation between the 2.7 and the 3.5 when the 2nd gen 3.5 EcoBoost comes out.
2015 Ford F-150 Towing an Airstream

2015 Ford F-150 Towing an Airstream

In conclusion, the 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 is a great engine for the right buyer. Someone that drives their truck to and from work throughout the week and uses it for recreational and/or home-improvement purposes on the weekends. Hauling a boat, utility trailer, camper or snowmobile trailer for example. It can tow up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped. But I’d certainly think twice if you plan on hitching a significant weight behind it every day. Read more about why, here.


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