2012 Ford F-150 FX4 EcoBoost
2012 Ford F-150 FX4 EcoBoost. Click image to enlarge

Test Drive: 2011 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
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Review and photos by Peter Bleakney

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There’s no point in testing a pickup truck unless you’re going to use it for what it was intended. So I was happy to have the opportunity to put a 2012 Ford F-150 FX4 SuperCrew EcoBoost to work. Okay, it wasn’t exactly heavy duty hauling or towing, but moving a couple of loads of brush and brimming the bed with junk for a dump run certainly counts as something.

The tires got dirty, the bed liner got a few bangs and scuffs (as did my nephew, Jeff, and I), and the optional bed extender ($350), tailgate step ($300), and side steps ($300) got a workout.

Not that driving this 4×4 SuperCrew with six-and-a-half-foot box was any hardship. A $2,900 Luxury Package that included auto climate control, heated/cooled front seats, power adjustable pedals, powered rear window and seats, plus a $3,000 (!) Sony navigation/audio elevated the luxury component while also going a long way toward kicking up the price from its $46,299 base to an as-tested $58,099.

2012 Ford F-150 FX4 EcoBoost
2012 Ford F-150 FX4 EcoBoost
2012 Ford F-150 FX4 EcoBoost. Click image to enlarge

The other big-ticket item was the $1,250 3.5L direct-injection twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. Initially introduced last year as $1000 upgrade over the 5.0L Coyote V8, this high-tech pressurized V6 had a big question mark hanging over it. Would traditional pickup buyers pay more for increased fuel economy and give up the classic bent-eight? With 365 hp and 420 lb-ft in its favour (versus 360 hp and 380 lb-ft for the 5.0L V8), the answer appears to be a resounding “YeeeeHaaaa!”.
EcoBoost currently accounts for 48 percent of F-150 sales with the 5.0L V8 garnering 40 percent.

While this engine has the same name, displacement, and architecture as the V6 EcoBoost in the Ford Taurus SHO, Ford Flex, and Lincoln MKT, not one part is shared. From the aluminum block to the turbos, this is a different animal. EcoBoost F-150s share the highest tow and payload rating (5,125 kg/11,300 lb and 1,388 kg/3060 lb respectively) with the available 6.2L V8 (411 hp, 434 lb-ft). All F-150s are equipped with a six-speed auto.

In my experience, the Transport Canada 4×4 EcoBoost fuel economy figures of 9.6 L/100 km highway and 14.0 L/100 city are wildly optimistic. While running errands around town I was in the high teens/low twenties, and after a week of mainly highway driving I saw 14.5 L/100 km.

This FX4 certainly is a comfortable rig, with a very quiet cabin and relatively smooth ride. There was nary a creak or rattle in this admittedly low-mileage press vehicle.

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