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Old 06-28-2016, 11:13 AM   #21
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I've always been a V-8 guy and when looking for a newer tow vehicle, I compared the 5.0 and the 3.5 V-6 Ecoboost. Both were impressive. I was a bit hesitant, but I liked the fact that the EB's max torque rating was around 2000 rpm and 420ft.lb vs. 380ft.lb on the 5.0. Test driving, the EB would certainly "move"! In previous towing experiences I found the lower rpm max torque to be more driver friendly and it seems to eliminate a lot of "back shifting" to keep up with traffic and road conditions. I bought the 3.5 Ecoboost with a 3:55 rear and HD tow. Ford has this combo rated at 9500#. I pull both a 6500# car hauler and my 27RLS rated at 7000# dry. It performs excellent and amazes me that you can get his much pulling capacity from a V-6. Gas mileage average overall has been around 11-12 mpg running about 70 on the interstate. I've read where others are pulling more with the same truck.

Both the V-8 and the Ecoboost will get the job done but from my experience, I'd have to take the Ecoboost again! I'm waiting for them to offer a V-8 with an Ecoboost twin-turbo option!
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If you have a 4x4 don't over look the front diff if changing gear ratios. What you do the rear you have to do to the frt.
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I have not looked at this thread for the last 24 hours and thank you all for the answers and honest opinions.

Today, we traveled from Kingman AZ to Ely NV today. The Sport Trac averaged about 9 MPG for the 340 or so miles. Worst thing is having to stop frequently for fuel (22 gallon tank).

Nevada highways are superior to Arizona's, especillay I-40.

Again, still undecided but you all have given us food for thought and thanks for keeping the topic nice!

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I've always been a V-8 guy and when looking for a newer tow vehicle, I compared the 5.0 and the 3.5 V-6 Ecoboost. Both were impressive. I was a bit hesitant, but I liked the fact that the EB's max torque rating was around 2000 rpm and 420ft.lb vs. 380ft.lb on the 5.0. Test driving, the EB would certainly "move"! In previous towing experiences I found the lower rpm max torque to be more driver friendly and it seems to eliminate a lot of "back shifting" to keep up with traffic and road conditions. I bought the 3.5 Ecoboost with a 3:55 rear and HD tow. Ford has this combo rated at 9500#. I pull both a 6500# car hauler and my 27RLS rated at 7000# dry. It performs excellent and amazes me that you can get his much pulling capacity from a V-6. Gas mileage average overall has been around 11-12 mpg running about 70 on the interstate. I've read where others are pulling more with the same truck.

Both the V-8 and the Ecoboost will get the job done but from my experience, I'd have to take the Ecoboost again! I'm waiting for them to offer a V-8 with an Ecoboost twin-turbo option!


Whoever offers a turbo v8 first I will buy!! I mean stock from the manufacturer. I know you can add a turbo to pretty well any motor now. Unfortunately I don't see that happening


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Whoever offers a turbo v8 first I will buy!! I mean stock from the manufacturer. I know you can add a turbo to pretty well any motor now. Unfortunately I don't see that happening


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Whoever offers a turbo v8 first I will buy!! I mean stock from the manufacturer. I know you can add a turbo to pretty well any motor now. Unfortunately I don't see that happening
I'll just leave this here:

Twin-Turbo V8 in the new Raptor: The F-150 Raptor will also receive the upcoming EcoBoost 5.0 V8 in 2018
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Seems appropriate for the Raptor - what a beast!
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Wait till you see the price! For what they'll ask for it, you can get a brand new LOADED 1 ton diesel.
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I am looking for the twin-Turbo 5.0 for the other 99% of my driving time, not the towing portion... although the towing part should be effortless.

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I am looking for the twin-Turbo 5.0 for the other 99% of my driving time, not the towing portion... although the towing part should be effortless.

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I agree 100% and if it becomes available I would take a V8 Twin Turbo over a diesel any day of the week...
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