The Ford F-Series has been the #1 selling truck for 33 years and the 2011 model has a lot to be proud of: four great engines, better fuel efficiency and best-in-class towing. We are very excited to share that Planet Ford in Spring has the legendary Ford F150 of your dreams.
Even Better Engines
A great truck needs to have a great engine, and Ford has four of them: two 6-cylinder engines and two V-8s. The F-150’s engine lineup starts with the 3.7-liter V-6, which brings 302 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque to the table. The truly amazing EcoBoost V-6 only displaces 3.5 liters but uses twin turbos to produce 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Road and Track was amazed by this engine:
“The 3.5 EcoBoost V-6 has the instant snort to spin the tires at the drop of the throttle, outrun V-8s and tows up to 11,300 lbs of trailer, yet it delivers better than compact pickup truck fuel economy in the mid-20 mpg range.”
We are particularly excited about how Ford added the Mustang’s 5.0 liter V-8 a new option for the new F150. The engine is tuned differently for the truck and output is rated at 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Automobile Magazine felt the power of the 5.0: Ford’s 5.0 “had no difficulty trumping the 4.8-liter base V-8 fitted to Chevy and GMC pickups…”
If you want the most horsepower, you should opt for the 6.2-liter V-8. It breaks through the 400 magic number with 411 horsepower and 434 in torque. Motor Trend praises the engine: “The V-8 has a terrific, deep rumble, and gets the truck moving in a hurry.”
Fuel Efficiency Matters
Ford believes that good gas mileage is the greatest need for the full-sized pickup truck market. We agree, especially for all of located in the Houston area who depend on excellent fuel efficiency. The two V-6 engines will return over 20 mpg city / highway combined; that’s comparable to many cars. Even the 5.0 liter V-8 will cruise the highway for 20+ miles on a gallon of gas. Much credit goes to the new six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with driver-controlled manual shifting. While its competitors offer comparable automatics, the F-150 is the only full-sized pickup with six speed standard. This new transmission allows the engines to perform at their optimum efficiency.
All four engines tow more than their competitors, GM, Dodge, Toyota, and Nissan. The 3.7 liter V-6 will tow 6100 lbs, the 5.0 V-8 9800 lbs, and the V-6 EcoBoost matches the 6.2 liter V-8 maximum tow at 11,300 lbs. When a heavy job calls for the strongest truck, the F-150 trucks will pull through.
Ford improved handling on all models with standard electronically assisted rack-and-pinion power steering. And the steering feel is tuned to reflect each model’s personality. The V-6 models have lighter steering than their V-8 brothers.
The 2011 Ford F150’s are the best pickup trucks on the market: strength, style and speed in one incredible package. If you have any questions about the impressive new 2011 Ford F150, come by our incredible showroom or check us out on Facebook and Twitter.