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2015 F-150’s 2.7 EcoBoost Compared vs. GM & Ram

2015 Ford F-150 with 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost climbing Davis Dam in 100+ degree heat, 13% grade

2015 Ford F-150 with 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost climbing Davis Dam in 100+ degree heat, 13% grade

Ford’s new for 2015 2.7 Liter V6 EcoBoost is a very interesting engine. It basically negates the base V6 from the lineup for all but fleet purchases. This is because it is only a $495 option over the base V6, which produces 283 horsepower and 255 ft/lb of torque vs the EcoBoost  at 325 horsepower and 375 ft/lb of torque. That is a difference of 42 horsepower and a gargantuan difference of a 120 ft/lb’s of torque! So in our mind, the 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost WILL BE the base engine of choice for a new 2015 F-150. That’s why I think it’ll be interesting to see how it measures up to comparably powered truck engines, both past and present.

The 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost twin turbo

The 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost twin turbo

Ford 2.7 Liter EcoBoost V6 (twin turbo):

  • Rated at 325 hp and 375 ft-lb’s of torque

Past:
There is no point looking at V6’s of the past as they are significantly lower in power due to their non-turbo nature. These new turbo-V6’s are essentially V8-replacements, so we’ll compare them to V8’s and other turbocharged V6’s.

  • Ford Modular 4.6 liter V8 (3 valve) with 292 hp and 320 ft-lb’s of torque (2009-2010).
    There is no question here, that the 2.7 liter is a much better engine. Both due to its higher power rating and flatter torque curve (power comes on at earlier RPM’s).
  • Ford Modular 5.4 liter V8 (3 valve) with 320 hp and 390 ft-lb’s of torque (2009-2010).
    This engine while on paper it appears to pretty evenly matched with the 2.7 liter (which by the way is HALF its size), I think in practice the 2.7 liter would outperform it as a truck engine because, thanks to its twin turbo’s, it will have a much flatter torque curve, with power being available at a much lower RPM. The 5.4 liter will hit peak power much later in its RPM range. Also keep in mind the power numbers stated above for both the 4.6 and 5.4 were at these peak-numbers only during ’09 and ’10. The 5.4 was rated at 300hp/365tq from ’04 to ’08. But let’s not forget this engine served Ford very well for many, many years in 2-valve and 3-valve form.
  • Chevy 5.3 Liter Vortec V8 with 315 hp and 335 ft-lb’s of torque (2007-2013).
    Just like Ford’s 4.6 liter, this V8 engine is no competition with its much lower power rating and torque (peak power) coming on much higher in the RPM range.
  • Dodge’s Powertech 4.7 Liter V8 with 310 hp and 330 ft-lb’s of torque (2009-2013).
    I think if I were in the market for a Dodge truck of this vintage I’d lean more toward their 5.7 liter, this engine does not look very impressive on paper, just like Ford’s 4.6 modular. Either way, here’s another engine the 2.7 liter exceeds in power and torque with ease.

Present:
Here it gets interesting, Ford has another, higher displacement V6 turbo engine in their line-up and Dodge has a turbo-diesel V6 available. Of course every one of the big 3 have a V8 available.

  • Ford 5.0 liter Coyote V8 with 360 hp and 380 ft-lb’s of torque (2011-present).
    This is Ford’s V8 alternative to the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6, it has been touted to be close to equally as capable of a truck motor both in performance and efficiency, so I’m going to give this one a leg up on the 2.7 liter V6. But depending on what you require of your truck, the upgrade to this motor may not be necessary.
  • Ford 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 hp and 420 ft-lb’s of torque (2011-present).
    This engine is the 2.7 liters big brother, since it’s a somewhat older vintage of EcoBoost it’s horsepower-per-liter figure isn’t quite as impressive. But this engine is one heck of a performer and the F-150 buying public has backed this up with ~40% of all sales going to F-150’s optioned with this engine. So like the 5.0, I’m going to give it a leg up over the 2.7.
    UPDATE 3/20/2015: Click here for dyno numbers of the 2.7 EcoBoost vs the 3.5 EcoBoost
  • Dodge 3.0 Liter VM Motori V6 Diesel with 240 hp and 420 ft-lb’s of torque (2014-present).
    This is a very interesting competitor, interestingly, Ford has already pitted the 2.7 against this motor in a Davis dam hill climb test (more on that later) and performance wise it handily beat out this diesel motor. Efficiency wise, we are all chomping at the bit to find out how the 2.7 will stack up. Personally I predict it to fall slightly below the 3.0 diesel, since diesels are notorious for being very efficient. But with the purchase price and diesel fuel premium, they may equal out as far as running costs are concerned.
  • GM 5.3 Liter EcoTec3 V8 with 355 hp and 383 ft-lb’s of torque (2014-present).
    GM’s latest iteration of the EcoTec3 competes very closely with Ford’s 5.0, performance wise and beats it out slightly in the efficiency game. I think I come to the same conclusion here as I did with the 5.0, it has a slight leg up over the 2.7 in performance, but probably not in efficiency.
    UPDATE (3/20/2015): Check out this article for a GM 5.3 vs Ford 2.7 comparison, it includes dyno numbers, the results of which are stunning!
Ford's all new 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 vs Dodge Ram's new 3.0 Diesel at Davis Dam

Ford’s all new 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 vs Dodge Ram’s new 3.0 Diesel at Davis Dam

So in a nutshell, we’ve looked at a wide variety of lower-mid and middle of the range truck engines (both past and present) and compared them head-to-head with Ford’s new 2.7 liter. In a lot of cases the 2.7 competes very well with engines from Ford’s own lineup and that of the competition, GM (Chevy and GMC) and Chrysler (Ram and Dodge). If you like the idea of the efficiency this engine will likely offer and are OK with foregoing the rumble of a V8, this will be a very capable engine for your low to medium hauling and towing jobs (up to 8,500 pounds towing and 2,250 pounds hauling capacity). If you are looking to the higher end of half-ton truck towing capabilities (8,500 and up), you’ll have have to look to the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 (max-tow at 11,300 pounds) and 5.0 liter Coyote V8 (max-tow at 10,000 pounds).

So, there you have it, Ford is on a mission to prove that there IS a replacement for displacement and it’s the turbocharger. At 3.5 liters they can handily compete with anything the competition has to offer, the 2.7 liter Ford does very will with competing V8’s of almost twice its displacement and even a diesel offering from Ram.

UPDATE (3/2/2015): Check out this article for a GM 5.3 vs Ford 2.7 comparison, it includes dyno numbers, the results of which are stunning!

2015 F-150 EcoBoost Red with Chrome grill

2015 F-150 EcoBoost Red with Chrome grill

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