Ford Ecoboost Gas Engine, Its Fuel Mileage, Specs, And More

In the ever changing debate between auto makers for who has the most power or the best automobiles, Ford's new Ecoboost line of engines has changed the whole conversation. First produced in 2009 for several 2010 models, the Ecoboost engine brings a smaller engine block that packs a double punch of higher horsepower and better fuel mileage, and even lower weight. This paradigm would begin to make its way into most of the Ford vehicles, whether as a standard or an option, throughout the next few years.

Although it was initially in a couple of Lincoln concept cars in 2007-2008, it began production as a v6 made in Cleveland, Ohio for the new full size truck package. Now the Ecoboost line of engines includes a 1.6 Liter I4, a 2.0 Liter I4, and the original v6. It soon will include a 1.0 Liter 3 cylinder engine and a v8 500 hp power plant. In each model, the Ecoboost engine includes turbochargers for more power, and fuel injection changes that allow the engine to consume more air and less fuel providing power at less cost.

Although there were initial worries about the Ecoboosts ability to handle high mileage with the stress put on the smaller power plant, F150's with the 3.5 Liter variation have been on the road for several years and are still highly sought after. The Ecoboost has taken the auto market by storm and has allowed Ford to compete with the other makes in fuel efficiency and further expand their reputation for producing power. The Ford Ecoboost mileage, in all of its applications from the small cars up to the full size F150, brings great fuel economy hand in hand with leading power.

Ford Ecoboost Specs

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As stated above, the Ford Ecoboost engine comes in various different sizes to power both the large and small vehicles in their fleet. The smaller version, the 1.6 Liter I4, is an in line 4 cylinder with 1596cc of displacement that offers 150 to 182 horsepower depending on the setup. The other 4 cylinder, the 2.0 Liter I4, has a 1999cc displacement and offers 203 - 240 hp. Both of these power plants offer sizeable punch for the small vehicles for which they were designed.

The larger engine that is currently available, the Ford Ecoboost v6, is built from the old Duratec 35 engine block. Originally these engines put out up to 285 hp, which was around the top end for trucks a decade ago. However, with the new Ecoboost package these power plants pack a punch with 365 hp available, mostly due to the addition of the dual turbos that were incorporated into the design of the engine.

Ford Ecoboost Fuel Economy

One area in which Ford has long needed to make strides in order to compete with the other makes has been fuel economy. In the past, Ford has had plenty of horsepower, but has not had a decent fuel economy to go along with it, leaving their marketing strategy with a whole in it. That has changed.

The new Ecoboost engines, in each size, rank at or near the top in fuel economy in each of the models in which they are placed. In the Fiesta, the Ecoboost mileage of the 1.6 Liter is up to 40 mpg. The Focus, with the 2.0 Liter I4, also gets up to 40 mpg. And the Ford F150 Ecoboost fuel economy is definitely respectable at 22 mpg, especially considering that it does not give up any horsepower and outdoes Chevy's bread and butter, the 5.3 Liter V8. Lastly, the new Ford C-Max with the Ecoboost 2.0 Liter gets a whopping 47 mpg in its hybrid model.

As state above, Ford is also working on a 3 cylinder version of the Ecoboost that, with a new 8 speed transmission, will be able to push the mpg envelope even further in Ford's compact and subcompact cars. That could well help Ford Ecoboost mileage become the industry leader in fuel conservation. They have already become the trend setter with Dodge following suite by putting more power and economy into its V6 for 2013.

Ford Ecoboost Turbo Power

Many different vehicles in the past have used turbos to increase their power output, such as Mazda and other sports car makers. Even diesel trucks use turbos to boost their ability to apply power to the road in a strong but efficient manner. Due to the smaller size, and a desire to not give up power while achieving better fuel efficiency, Ford has included Turbochargers on all of the Ecoboost engines.

The I4 engines, both the 1.6 Liter and the 2.0 Liter, each have just one small turbocharger. These turbos are made by Borg Warner, an award winning U.S. company that makes powertrain parts and was founded in 1928. The 1.6 Liter Ecoboost uses the Borg Warner KP39 Turbo and the 2.0 Liter uses the slightly larger K03 Turbo.

The 3.5 Liter V6 has twin turbochargers, however. It uses the Garrett GT15 turbo manufactured by Honeywell. Garrett makes turbos and parts for BMW, Audi and more and has been involved in turbo manufacturing and research since the 1930s. These turbos can add over 100 hp to an engine which is why this V6 is slated be used in both full size trucks and in sports cars. They are the teeth under the hood in the well received new full size truck package.

Ford Models With The Ecoboost

Although the Ecoboost engine has largely been publicized as an available engine for the F150 and the Mustang, the line has made its way as an option in most of the current Ford models. The V6 is available in the F150, Mustang, Explorer, Flex, Taurus, and certain Lincoln models.

The I4 1.6 Liter is offered as an option on the Focus currently, but will soon be offered on the Fiesta and is also offered in the European Ford's: the C-Max (pictured to the right) and the Volvo S60. The 2.0 Liter I4 is currently offered on the Edge and Explorer, but will soon be found in the Focus, the Taurus, and some Range Rover models.

Look for Ford to continue their use of turbo technology to increase efficiency and power across their line of vehicles well into the future.

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Laurentius1541 4 years ago

This engine is terrific but it is in a very heavy car. Any efficiency is negated by the weight of the vehicle. The new Cadillac ATS will weigh 3400 pounds, to compete with the BMW 3 series. GM is moving in the right direction as has Porsche and BMW.


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jdavis88 4 years ago from Twitter @jdavis88hub Author

Yes, less weight does mean better fu efficiency, but not necessarily better safety. Double edged sword.


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jdavis88 4 years ago from Twitter @jdavis88hub Author

Yes, less weight does mean better fu efficiency, but not necessarily better safety. Double edged sword.


Laurentius1541 4 years ago

I have an all aluminum car which is 25% stronger than a steel car. It is lighter and safer. Even the engine is aluminum. The future belongs to new materials or high strength but lower weight steel. The only car I know of that is heavy and still do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds is the Cadillac CTS-V. Of course you pay a gas guzzler tax. Ford's new Mustang has 650 HP and no gas guzzler tax. Now that is a remarkable engineering achievement.


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jdavis88 4 years ago from Twitter @jdavis88hub Author

True, better engineering with low weight metals is needed, but currently the makers are lightening with plastics and thin aluminum. As a firefighter I can tell you easily which vehicle wins in a collision between a 40 mpg 2012 ford focus and a 1988 18 mpg Chevy caprice classic.


Laurentius1541 4 years ago

Those two cars are entirely different cars in weight. Of course there is going to be a difference. All about an all aluminum, Jaquar or Audi A8? The Audi weighs 4400 pounds and is much strong than any car GM builds. SUVs are another matter since they are in the truck class. Only three manufactures offer aluminum cars and most Americans cannot afford them. The Chrysler Prowler was all aluminum but that has been long out of production.


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jdavis88 4 years ago from Twitter @jdavis88hub Author

Exactly. Most americans cannot afford them. If they could get the costs down for STRONG aluminum cars perhaps the market would accept them.


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louromano 4 years ago

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