Specifications of Ford F-150 XIV Regular Cab 2.7 EcoBoost V6 (325 HP) Automatic
General characteristics of Ford F-150 XIV Regular Cab 2.7 EcoBoost V6 (325 HP) Automatic
With three bed sizes and three body styles, the F-150's dimensions vary significantly from one model to the next. We'll start with the numbers that are common to all versions, though. Regardless of the F-150 you choose, every model has a width of 79.9 inches excluding the mirrors, increasing to a substantial 95.7 inches with the standard mirrors extended. With the trailer tow mirrors, you'll want to avoid narrow lanes as the width swells to 105.9 inches.
Three box sizes are on offer; the smallest stretches to 5.5 feet and the next two are 6.5 and eight feet. It's worth noting that the smallest box is only offered on the SuperCrew, while this body style isn't compatible with the largest box. Both the Regular Cab and SuperCab can be had with either of the bigger box sizes.
The shortest wheelbase belongs to the Regular Cab with the 6.5-foot box at 122.8 inches, while the lengthiest wheelbase is 164.1 inches for the SuperCab with the eight-foot box. The truck's length varies from 209.1 inches all the way to 250.3 inches. Finally, the height range is from 75.2 to 77.6 inches, depending on the body style and whether 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains are chosen.
The new Ford F-150 must also be able to tackle some off-roading when required to do so. Bearing this in mind, the ground clearance varies between 8.2 and 9.4 inches. Meanwhile, the greatest approach/departure/ramp breakover angles are 24.9/26.3/23.5 degrees. However, these maximum figures in each category will vary from one configuration to the next.
In terms of curb weight, the lightest F-150 is the Regular Cab 4x2 with the 3.3-liter V6 engine at 4,021 pounds, while the heaviest F-150 weight goes to the SuperCrew 4x4 with the hybrid powertrain and the bigger box at 5,540 lbs.
There are six different engines on offer throughout the Ford F-150 pickup truck, starting with the base 3.3-liter naturally-aspirated Ti-VCT V6 that makes 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. There are two gas-powered EcoBoost units to choose from, starting with the 2.7-liter V6 that makes 325 hp and 400 lb-ft, while the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 impresses with 400 hp and 500 lb-ft. If you still believe that there is no replacement for displacement, there is a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 that makes 400 hp and 410 lb-ft. The only diesel in the lineup is the 3.0-liter Power Stroke with 250 hp and 440 lb-ft. However, the king of the current F-150 range is the new 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid V6 with 430 hp and 570 lb-ft.
Regardless of the model you choose, every F-150 engine is paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. Besides the base 3.3-liter, every other engine provides strong torque and smooth, easy acceleration, but the hybrid is the star of the show here. The 47-hp electric motor has been integrated into the transmission and helps to provide plenty of grunt. This powertrain includes a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery that can silently motivate the F-150 for short spurts.
Despite adding a radical new powertrain option to the mix, Ford made sure to keep the F-150's driving manners very close to the outgoing model. The steering, while far from sports-car-like, gives a firm impression of what the front end is up to without feeling twitchy or numb. In terms of body control, the F-150 still can not match the Ram 1500's coil spring ride quality, especially when equipped with the optional air suspension. There's plenty of shaking and shimmying when the F-150 drives over bumps, and prepare for heaps of body lean through tight turns. This is a truck, after all, so you can wait for the upcoming Raptor version if you crave improved performance.
Though the Ram still outclasses it in ride comfort, the F-150 will surge past the 1500 so long as it isn't the new supercharged TRX model. They say there's no replacement for displacement, but Ram's 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is completely outmatched by Ford's new PowerBoost hybrid. Even GM's mighty 6.2-liter V8 feels weak by comparison. 570 lb-ft motivates the F-150 forward with no drama, delivering shocking performance. Selectable drive modes, including a surprisingly fun Sport mode and a super-numb Eco mode, change the character of the drivetrain for different situations.
The truck can coast or creep in traffic using electric power alone, making the F-150's driving experience more calming. We could barely tell when the engine engaged or disengaged aside from a few rough starts after hitting the throttle en-route to a fresh green light. Anyone who doubts that a hybrid pickup truck can still be tough will eat their words after a jaunt in the PowerBoost F-150.
The Ford F-150 gas mileage you attain will depend largely on the engine you choose and the work you subject it to. Considering how quick it is off the mark, the Ford F-150 hybrid's EPA-rated gas mileage figures of 24/24/24 miles per gallon city/highway/combined in 4WD guise are certainly impressive, and with 2WD, it'll return 25/26/25 mpg. Sadly, we struggled to average just 22 mpg in our 4WD tester, and in the pickup truck world, a few mpg makes a big difference. While the PowerBoost is the most efficient model in the range, a quick review of the numbers reveals that it's not the most efficient truck in the segment; for instance, the Ram 1500 2WD with the diesel engine returns 22/32/26 mpg. However, the hybrid F-150 is clearly a winner in city driving. The next most efficient F-150 is the diesel at 20/27/23 mpg, followed by the 2.7-liter EcoBoost in 2WD guise that returns 20/26/22 mpg. Running on regular gas, the 3.3-liter V6 with 2WD manages 20/24/21 mpg. Both this model and the 2.7-liter lose about one mpg on average with 4WD. However, with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the F-150 returns a combined 20 mpg whether you choose 2WD or 4WD.
Predictably, the 5.0-liter V8 is the heaviest on gas with the worst figures of 11/17/13 mpg when equipped with 4WD and running on E85 gas. The F-150 mpg figures you'll see with the V8 improves to 17/24/20 mpg in 2WD guise and when running on regular gas.
The gas tank size varies across the range, with Regular Cab and SuperCab variants employing a 23-gallon tank and the SuperCrew able to carry 26 gallons of fuel. However, an extended-range 36-gallon gas tank is available on all body styles but isn't compatible with the 122-inch wheelbase, the diesel engine, or the hybrid. Instead, the hybrid gets its own 30.6-gallon gas tank and, therefore, can achieve a range of 765 miles in 2WD guise. With the 36-gallon tank and the 2.7-liter engine, the F-150 will be able to traverse 792 miles.
Ford offers the F-150 in three different body styles, each with varying levels of passenger space. The Regular Cab is the smallest option with seating for up to three passengers on a single front bench. Opting for the SuperCab adds room for five (or up to six with the front bench) with a tight 33.5 inches of legroom in the back seats, accessed via rear-opening half doors. The SuperCrew is ideal for families or large work teams with its full-sized rear doors and seating for five or six with a whopping 43.6 inches of rear legroom. No matter which body style you get, headroom remains excellent with over 40 inches in the front and back seats. It is worth noting that the Ram offers better sliding and reclining rear seats that are more comfortable on long journeys. Ford does offer a feature called Max Recline seats on the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models, allowing the driver and passenger to drop back nearly 180 degrees to take a nap.
The latest F-150 offers the same 5.5-, 6.5-, and eight-foot bed sizes as the outgoing model. The smallest box is only offered on the SuperCrew and has an inside length of 67.1 inches, a width between the wheelhouses of 51.1 inches, and a cargo volume of 52.8 cubic feet. In the middle of the pack is the 6.5-foot box which is offered on all three body styles. With its greater 78.9-inch length, cargo volume grows to 62.3 cubes. Finally, the eight-foot box on the Regular Cab and SuperCab has a 97.6-inch length and a cargo volume of 77.4 cubes. The Ram 1500 can't compete with the F-150's biggest box, but the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 leads the way here with up to 89.1 cubes of space when equipped with its own eight-foot box. However, the Ford F-150 pickup offers about as much space as anyone could need, along with an exceptional maximum payload capacity of 3,250 lbs for the Regular Cab 4x2 with the biggest box and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. That's around 1,000 lbs more than what the most capable Silverado can offer.
The new Ford F-150 is a large vehicle so unsurprisingly has numerous options for interior storage. On the base model, you don't get the massive center console as on other versions, but this is optionally available although seating capacity will be reduced. In the SuperCab and SuperCrew, the 60/40 rear bench can flip up for extra cargo space. Large cupholders make it easy to store cups or coffee or water bottles, while a wireless charging pad and a narrow slot to store your smartphone alongside the shift lever are useful. On the SuperCrew, an available fold-flat, partitioned storage compartment is available beneath the rear seat which is perfect for fishing rods and the like.