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What is EcoBoost? A Quick Guide to Ford’s Engine Technology

What is EcoBoost? A revolutionary, efficient, affordable engine

The car industry and buzzwords go together like tires and rims. Like Ross and Rachel. Like streamlining and synergy. One can’t really exist without the other. But the problem with the car industry is that, quite often, its buzzwords are completely made up. It’s one thing to try and understand things like dynamism and emotional design, it’s another when you’re trying to decipher a word that’s never existed before. When it comes to Ford, that word is EcoBoost. So what is EcoBoost?

EcoBoost is used to describe an engine, but does EcoBoost make engines better? Does it make Ford vehicles more expensive? Does the “Eco” stand for ecology or economics? What does the “Boost” refer to? Is the F-150 EcoBoost as good as they say? Is any of this even worth knowing?

That’s where we come in. Give us five minutes and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Ford’s revolutionary engine technology.

And yes, it is as good as they say.

What is EcoBoost? How Does it Work?

EcoBoost refers to Ford’s family of turbocharged, direct-injection gas engines that are designed to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy without sacrificing any of its power. Years ago, this seemed like an impossibility. It wasn’t.

Here’s how Ford EcoBoost works:

Ford’s engines are now turbocharged, meaning they use a device–the aptly named “turbocharger”–to bring in more air than a typical engine. That extra air allows the engine to bring in more fuel, which boosts the engine’s output. This translates into a stronger, more powerful engine–it’s the “Boost” in EcoBoost.

So where does the “Eco” come in? It’s in the engine’s direct-injection system (which is the process that sends fuel to the engine). Traditionally, engines work through a series of steps to inject fuel, but Ford simplified the process. By using a direct-injection system, Ford improved the efficiency of their vehicles tenfold.

Thanks to both turbocharging and the direct injection fuel process, the Ford EcoBoost engine is one of the most powerful and fuel-efficient options on the market today.

6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Your EcoBoost Engine

Now that the “what is EcoBoost?” question is taken care of, we can move on to the fun stuff: why EcoBoost engines are awesome. Here are six reasons why you ought to be driving vehicle with an EcoBoost engine.

  1. Ford estimates that their EcoBoost engines increase fuel efficiency by 20% on average, which means you’re burning less fuel and spending less money at the pumps.
  2. Innovative technology like this usually comes at a price, but not when you buy a Ford. EcoBoost technology has been implemented throughout Ford’s entire line-up. So while other automakers have made quality an optional expense, Ford’s made theirs an affordable standard across the board. You don’t have to pay to play.
  3. It’s great for cars. EcoBoost engines are smaller and lighter than similarly-powered alternatives. This means for smaller vehicles, the engine can sit further underneath the hood, giving you a more agile drive.
  4. It’s great for trucks. The Ford EcoBoost engine delivers some of the biggest towing capacities ever seen in a pick-up truck. Consider the 2017 Super Duty, which has best-in-class horsepower and torque–440 and 925 lb.-ft, respectively–while the F-150 can tow up to 12,200 lbs., which is more than any other truck in its class.
  5. It’s great for SUVS. When you have a big family you need a spacious vehicle. The 2016 Explorer’s Sport EcoBoost 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine produces 365 hp and 350 lb.-ft of torque and also sits seven, which makes it perfect for families who need the space, but also need something that tows.
  6. If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, a Ford EcoBoost engine is a great alternative to buying a hybrid. It produces fewer CO2 emissions than a typical engine (by 15%) and has more power than a hybrid. Way more.
What is EcoBoost? An engine that's both efficient, and a thing of beauty. Case in point: the 2017 F-150 EcoBoost Engine
The 2017 F-150 EcoBoost Engine: a thing of beauty

Why Truck Owners Should Be Excited About EcoBoost

The EcoBoost engine gives truck enthusiasts the chance to have it all: fuel efficiency, power, and performance.

When the EcoBoost was first created, many doubted that a V6 could ever compete with a V8. Today, the F-150 is the most fuel efficient full size, gas-powered truck on the market.

What’s amazing, though, is Ford’s commitment to putting out some of the most powerful engines on the market while ensuring that fuel economy never suffers as a result. The 2017 F-150 3.5 EcoBoost specs are a great example; the second-generation 2.7L engine produces 50 more pounds of torque and 50 more horsepower than the 2016 model, while still boasting a best-in-class fuel economy across the board (12.2-9.3-10.9L/100 km, city-highway-combined).

Final Thoughts

So, what is EcoBoost? The best damn engine technology on the market for people who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for their vehicle. The Super Duty series has a best-in-class class payload, towing capacity, horsepower, and torque, while the F-150 produces the highest fuel efficiency ratings of any gas-powered light-duty pickup on the market. Both lineups continue to deliver exceptional results, year in and year out, making Ford truck engines a no-brainer for buyers around the world.

What are your thoughts on the EcoBoost engine? Has it been worthy of the hype?