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2015 F-150 Engine Line-Up, what fits your needs?

Friday, August 1st 2014. | 2015 Ford F-150, Reviews
2015 F-150 EcoBoost Red with Chrome grill

2015 F-150 EcoBoost Red with Chrome grill

The engine line-up for the 2015 F-150 has been revamped to some extent. The 6.2 liter V8 has been cut from the line-up. Likely a combination of poor fuel economy and the weight savings due to the 2015 making extensive use of aluminum. It should be noted that it will still be available for the F-250 Super Duty trucks and up. This is also a move that looks to the future, we are meeting ever more stringent fuel economy requirements (Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE). Ford may be thinking they better get the public used to decreasing engine displacements gradually. So, you, the new truck buyer may find yourself wondering which truck engine you’ll want to select when you go to buy a 2015 F-150. So let’s look at them one at a time (or for a quick summary, scroll to the last 2 paragraphs):

3.5 Liter Base V6 with 283 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque
I would personally avoid this engine, unless you are a fleet buyer or  you enjoy the simplicity of a lower-tech engine and a base-model truck and there is something to be said for that. But if you are in the market for new truck, which will come with a full powertrain warranty, I would forego the simplicity of this engine for our next option. Because why would you do your own repair work on an engine that is under warranty? So again, I see this mostly as a fleet option where costs have to be the absolute lowers and maintenance has to be as simple as possible.

2015 Ford F-150 3.5 Liter Base V6

2015 Ford F-150 3.5 Liter Base V6

2.7 Liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque
This option is only a $495 upgrade over the base V6 and therefore it is my base-engine of choice. The numbers do not lie, it is incredibly more capable. I see this engine as a solid lower-mid range engine option. I think it slots into a unique position as far as truck engines go. It is nearly as capable or in some cases just as capable as many engines in the middle of the range from any truck manufacturer. It is in my opinion capable enough to service a very large segment of the American truck buying public. I see the homeowner that uses his truck to commute to and from work, make runs to the home improvement store and tows the family boat or camper on long weekends or vacations. I see an engine here that shouldn’t be stressed with heavy max-tow loads (8,500 pounds) on a daily basis, but it can definitely do the job when you need it to, while getting excellent economy when making the daily, unloaded commute to work.

2015 Ford F-150 2.7 Liter EcoBoost Twin Turbo V6

2015 Ford F-150 2.7 Liter EcoBoost Twin Turbo V6

5.0 Liter Coyote V8 with 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque
This is now one of two engines that make up the higher end of the scale concerning engines for the 2015 F-150, it is a carry-over from 2014. It will tow up to 10,000 pounds. It is a great option for those of you who tow frequently, in other words, more than just a tow-vehicle for home improvement projects and weekends away with the camper. It is also the vehicle of choice if you have a camper, boat or trailer that comes close to the 2.7’s max-tow rating or even exceeds it. I’ve towed with trucks at their max-tow rating and while they can do it, it’s not something I’d want to subject my truck to frequently. I am a firm believer that it’s smart to have some headroom when it comes to the load you typically expect to tow. I would, of course, not blame you if you buy this simply because you want that V8 rumble. Remember, we are talking about the truck you should buy, not the truck you will buy. We don’t want you buying a truck that can’t handle what you throw at it, but you can certainly buy a truck that can handle more than you think you will be throwing at it.

2015 Ford F-150 5.0 Liter Coyote V8 Engine

2015 Ford F-150 5.0 Liter Coyote V8 Engine

3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque
This engine is a carry-over from last year, it has been proven to be incredibly capable and incredibly popular beyond anyone’s expectations. This engine makes up over 40% of current F-150 sales! But perhaps we could have expected it with power numbers this impressive and its torque being available throughout most of the rev range. That’s where this engine shines! The power delivery in this engine is incredible, it’s always available. This engine has unseated the V8 in Ford’s line-up and is currently able to tow up to 11,300 pounds when properly equipped. Who would I recommend this engine to? Anyone. It get’s great economy when unloaded, but can also get the job done when you hitch a trailer to it. If you have room for it in your budget over any of the other options, go for it. Not sure if you want the 5.0 V8 or the 3.5 EB V6? Read here.

2015 Ford F-150 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6

2015 Ford F-150 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6

There you have it, Ford’s 2015 engine line-up, a very capable selection of engines, all of which are incredibly capable for what the average American half-ton truck buyer will throw at it. Except for maybe the 3.5 liter base V6, as I said before, you should be incredibly sure that you don’t want the EcoBoost 2.7. This is definitely a fleet-buyers engine. On a budget? Grab the 2.7 liter, you still get incredibly towing capabilities at up to 8,500 pounds. If you expect to be regularly towing, especially if those loads are heavy, I would really consider upgrading to the 3.5 EcoBoost or the 5.0 Coyote. And once again, don’t take this as me telling you what you should buy, I want you to get the truck with the engine that you want, buy a truck that fits or exceeds your needs, because we all know that excess can be fun.

Looking to buy a slightly used truck? Check out our 2013 Engine Line Up comparison, this will apply to any Ford truck from 2011 to the 2014 model year.

2015 Ford F-150 Platinum Interior

2015 Ford F-150 Platinum Interior

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