If you have been shopping for a new Ford, you have probably seen the word “EcoBoost” come up online or in conversation. The word sounds kind of ambiguous, and if you didn’t know any better you might thank it means something completely unrelated to cars. Despite the unusual name, EcoBoost technology is really cool and is making Ford vehicles perform better than ever before. Here is what you need to know.
A little history…
Ford’s “EcoBoost” is a newer technology that was created in the hopes of developing engines that deliver high power and great fuel economy. EcoBoost engines generate power normally seen in larger cylinder engines, with little sacrifice to the vehicles gas mileage. Ecoboost engines are turbocharged and direct injected to help with efficiency. Their production started in 2009, and some of the first Ford’s they were available on include the Ford C-Max and Ford Focus. EcoBoost engines have expanded in popularity and are now available on a long list of current Ford vehicles. With wide success, Ford is manufacturing new EcoBoost engines for 2015, including a new version for the 2015 F150. There are many patents on EcoBoost technology, so you won’t be seeing a bunch of other manufacturers rolling out with it any time soon.
Popular Vehicles with EcoBoost
- 2015 Ford Fiesta: An optional 1.0L EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine is available on the Fiesta SE. Despite its small size, the engine is estimated at 120 horsepower and gets up to 43 mpg on the highway with the 1.0L Manual EcoBoost Package.
- 2015 Ford Fusion: The Fusion has two Ecoboost engines available, a 1.5L four cylinder and a 2.0L. four cylinder. The 2.0L is very impressive, it is estimated at producing 240 horsepower when using premium fuel and gets 33/22 mpg on highway/city (FWD version)
- 2014 Ford F150: The EcoBoost engine in the F150 has earned a lot of attention. For 2014, there is a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine available that produces 365 horsepower and is estimated at over 20 mpg on the highway for both the 4×2 and 4×4 versions. For 2015, it is rumored another EcoBoost engine will be optional for the F150.
- 2014 Ford Escape: The Escape has two EcoBoost engines available on the SE and Titanium model, a 1.6L and 2.0L four cylinder version. Both are quite efficient. The 1.6L produces 178 horsepower, and the 2.0L produces a staggering 240 horsepower. Both averaging well in the 20s for combined gas mileage.
To learn more about EcoBoost technology or to experience it in person, speak with a sales rep at Uhlmann Ford near Olympia! Located just off I-5 exit 76.