Ford’s top-selling pickup truck is getting a bump in gas mileage.

The Ford F-150 will get slighty better gas mileage for 2017! 

Ford said Wednesday the fuel economy for its 2017 F-150 pickup will rise one mile per gallon compared to the outgoing 2016 model due to a revamped version of the automaker’s 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine and the first application of its 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford said Wednesday the fuel economy for its 2017 F-150 pickup will rise one mile per gallon compared to the outgoing 2016 model due to a revamped version of the automaker’s 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine and the first application of its 10-speed automatic transmission.
But the question remains whether the gains will be enough to give Ford a marketing edge over its competitors. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram 1500, when equipped a 3-liter diesel engine, gets 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined.

The fuel economy of the F-150 is important because it is not only the nation’s most popular car or truck, but also because Ford’s F-Series pickups have been the top-selling car or truck in the U.S. for 39 years in a row. Any increase or improvement in fuel economy on the truck is likely to be viewed as a edge in the fiercely competitive pickup truck segment.

Ford gained ground on fuel economy when it introduced the 2015 F-150 pickup after redesigning it with an aluminum body that cut up to 700 pounds of weight compared to the version it replaced.

Ford’s EcoBoost engine, first introduced on the F-150 in 2011, has become a popular engine option for Ford. EcoBoost engines account for 60% of Ford’s overall F-150 sales while Ford’s 5.0-liter V8 engine and a non-turbocharged V-6 engine account for the remainder of the sales.

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