Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel gets 22/30 mpg rating

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In addition to its leading fuel economy ratings, the new F-150 Power Stroke features best-in-class (full-size pickups under 8,500 pounds) diesel power: 250 horsepower and a 440 lb-ft (542 N·m) of torque-greater torque than a 2019 Ram 1500 Hemi V8.

The F-150 Power Stroke's lone competition in fullsize light-duty pickups is the 2-wheel-drive '18 Ram 1500 equipped with a 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel and an 8-speed automatic transmission, rated at 20/27/23 mpg (11.7-8.7-10.2 L/100 km) city/highway/combined.

The best-selling truck (or car) in the United States for many years running, the 2018 Ford F-150 can now claim the highest EPA-estimated highway fuel rating bragging rights for a full-sized pickup truck.

But as more people use full-size trucks as commuter vehicles, the need for better fuel economy has become paramount - and the diesel-powered Ford F-150 meets those expectations with a 30 mpg rating (7.8 L/100 kilometres) on the highway.

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"Even a few years ago, customers wouldn't have imagined an EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg highway would be possible in a full-size pickup, but our team of crazy-smart engineers rose to the challenge", Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's executive vice president for product development and purchasing, said in a statement. Additionally, its standard gas V-6 will come with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology created to reduce fuel consumption, too-but, again, EPA figures haven't been released. High fuel economy, historically the most compelling factor for diesel vehicle owners, hasn't been as big a pull for truck owners.

Chevy is going after the diesel market with a 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-six for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. The Ram with four-wheel drive and the diesel is rated at 19/27/22 mpg.

More torque means more towing power. This diesel was created to haul that boat, camper, or horse-trailer through the toughest of conditions without any loss of power, even at high altitudes. Fleet buyers will be able to order the F-150 Power Stroke Diesel in XL and XLT trim levels, while retail shoppers will have to stick with Lariat, King Ranch, and Limited trims. Dealers started taking orders in January for delivery starting in May.