2.7L ecoboost vs 5.0L V8

by on March 19, 2017

2017 F150 XLT 2.7L ecoboost

How does the 2.7L Ecoboost compare to the 5.0L V8?

I love the 5.0L V8.  I have personally owned three F150s with that motor and I think that it is one of the best engine/transmission combinations Ford has put together.   My latest truck is equipped with the 2.7L V6.  This motor was introduced in 2015 as the second Ecoboost engine available with the F150.

Here is a table of the 2.7L Ecoboost vs. the 5.0L V8:

2.7L 5.0L
HP 325 @ 5750 rpm 385 @ 5750 rpm
Torque 375 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm 387 lb-ft @ 3850 rpm
MPG (4X4) 18/23 15/21

The important difference to note in this comparison are the torque numbers because they really effect the driving experience.

The difference in driving experience with the 2.7L Ecoboost

The driving experience is largely determined by the amount of horsepower and torque that can be produced by an engine at a certain RPM.  In the table above you will note that the 2.7L Ecoboost produces its peak torque at much lower RPMs than the 5.0L V8.  Most average drivers never rev their vehicle up much past 3500 RPMs and so the full power experience of the V8 is rarely enjoyed.  The 2.7L produces its max torque at 3000 RPMs, which is a range that the average driver if often in.  As a result, even though the V8 boasts higher numbers, the actual driving experience for the 2.7L feels similar, and in some situations the 2.7L feels like it has more power.  For example, I live on a steep hill and in order to get the V8 to pull up the hill you had to get the RPMs up closer to 4000 RPM.  With the 2.7L you barely have to tip into the accelerator and the truck shoots right up with no trouble.

2.7L V6 F150

What about durability?

Durability is really yet to be seen.  Edmonds long term road test on the 2015 F150 was overall very positive.  They did have to repair a turbo leak under warranty.  We have not done any warranty repairs on the 2.7L at Dovi Motors yet that I know of.  Once we get 6-7 years into production we will have a better idea of the durability.  The 3.5L ecoboost has been very reliable.  Some turbos have been replaced under warranty, but this has been minimal compared to the number of trucks we have on the road with the 3.5L.

Which engine should you choose?

Driving performance and fuel economy can’t really be measured in cylinders anymore due to turbo charging.  The question today is what do you want to do with your truck?

Fuel Economy

Generally this goes to the 2.7L ecoboost.  I averaged around 17.5 mpg with the 5.0L and I’m at 18.8 right now with my 2.7L.  However, if you are towing regularly or if you have a heavy foot you may find the difference is negligible.

Price

The 2.7L ecoboost is the best value.  The 5.0L is currently a $2095 option whereas the 2.7L is $995 with an additional $300 rebate making the ecoboost $1100 cheaper.

Towing

Occasional light towing under 7800 lbs will be no trouble for the 2.7L ecoboost.  Regular towing or towing over 7800 lbs and you should go with the 5.0L V8 or the 3.5L ecoboost.

Sound

When it comes to the sound, there really is no replacement for displacement.  The 5.0L V8 barks at you even with the stock exhaust, making it a joy to drive.  The turbo charged engines have a clicky sound that just isn’t as satisfying.

Really the best idea is to take each one for a test drive and see what you think.  I can’t tell you how many customers have come in opposed to the 2.7L and now they are driving one.  At Dovi Motors we are always low pressure and we have our “Sleep On It Guarantee“.  So use the button below to

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Do you have any questions or comments about Ford’s powertrain lineup?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Comments

Looking at buying 2019 f150 for the city in which I work 95% of miles will be speed under 40 mph which motor would you get ??

The 2.7L ecoboost for sure. I have had 3 trucks with the 2.7L and I averaged 20-21 MPG with all of them. If you aren’t heavy on the gas and spinning up the turbo a lot that helps as well. With your city driving you may get a little less economy if you have a lot of stop and go, but if your drive is a strait shot you might do even better that 21. I have some customers that come in with the MPG read out at 23 or 24. You will also have the option of using Eco mode with the new 10 speed transmission on a 2019, which may help improve the MPGs further.

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