Holding the title of America's best-selling pickup truck for 34 years running is no small feat, which is why the 2012 Ford F-150 pickup deserves every accolade it receives. During this drive, I made regular gas stops along the way to test the actual fuel economy figures based on gallons of gas used and miles driven. Roomy SuperCrew Cab The cab in the 2012 F-150 SuperCrew is so roomy it out-measures some full-size sedans. More importantly, I found that when cruising at the 65mph speed limit on the traffic-free Ohio Turnpike, the trip computer stated that I was getting around 21-22 miles per gallon. Every version of the F-150 we tested was devoid of a rough ride, with no shudder or hopping over rough or unpaved roads and a level of quiet unheard of no pun intended in a full-size pickup. Driving It Despite its impressive payload and towing ability, the 2012 Ford F-150 doesn't ride like a stiffly-sprung work truck.
With four-wheel drive, the difference is even starker. If few buyers are willing to pay the premium, these new technologies won't save much gas on the road. Most of this is due to the weight of the vehicle and how in stock form the 3. The ability to perform these truck tasks by this relatively small twin turbocharged engine has been questioned by numerous skeptics but in the long run, the EcoBoost proved that it can do anything that the V8 options in any modern half-ton pickup can do. . For those who really use their pickup trucks as trucks, the 2012 Ford F-150 offers some exclusive options that are right on the money.
While cruising on the highway, the EcoBoost V6 has absolutely no audible drone in the cabin and even when you thrust the EcoBoost into passing gear, the truck is still surprisingly quiet. The 2012 Ford F-150 is expected to retain a better-than-average residual value, with the SuperCrew models at the top of the chart, followed by the Regular Cab and then the SuperCab. However, the area in which I was visiting had very few causes to stop so there was almost no stop and go driving during my test sessions in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. A twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is offered, a first for this segment and an engine that promises both strong performance and good fuel economy. The interior and exterior both look super, very clean and roomy. We have developed an Economy map for the F150 3. This new transmission is now being used in the Ford truck lineup across the board.
While my test truck was fitted with the base model sound system, it still sounded great on my long drive and the steering wheel mounted controls for the radio and the cruise controls system allowed me to make changes on the fly without taking my hands off of the wheel. Once I got onto the I280, heading towards the Ohio Turnpike, the fuel economy figures on the on board vehicle computer improved considerably and by the time I had spent an hour cruising along the wide open vastness of the northern Ohio plains, the fuel economy of the 2012 Ford F150 EcoBoost had climbed up into the expected combined fuel economy range of 18 miles per gallon. All these efforts are worthwhile. The engine combined with the new 6R80 six-speed transmission helped the truck perform better and gave better driver control with a manual shift mode. The 2012 Ford F-150 full-size truck comes in flavors ranging from plain vanilla all the way to banana split with whipped cream, nuts and sprinkles, but one thing all levels share is a robust, hydro-formed, boxed-section chassis that offers superior torsional rigidity while actually being lighter than the old-fashioned ladder frames of the past. A thoughtful center console design can swallow two or more laptops or tablets; there are even slotted ridges along the sides for holding hanging files in place. Perhaps most impressive was the towing demonstration in which we hauled 20-foot trailers with absolutely zero drama, thanks in large part to the pickup's trailer sway control, rearview camera and integrated trailer brake controller.
Do you want a gasoline engine or a gasoline engine? In the city it's rated to get 22 mpg from its turbocharged 3. Yet, despite all its improvements, the 2012 Ford F-150 remains a tough workhorse designed to tackle big payload and towing jobs. These rigorous tests showed the Ecoboost can outperform previous engines and competitors. It deploys easily and even offers a safety hand-hold. During this long run across northern Ohio, I also made a stop to check the actual fuel economy figures and the on-board computer was very accurate — with my test truck getting 21 miles per gallon. Understanding this problem, Ford offers an extendable side step on most models. Some pickup buyers look to diesel trucks for big towing capacity, and the F-150 diesel's 11,400 pounds is an impressive number—but it's about 2,000 pounds short of the highest-rated F-150 with a gas engine.
This presented what were essentially the worst aspects of city driving as we moved in bursts of about a quarter mile at a time, reaching speeds only in the mid 30s before being forced to lurch back to a stop. There are even two 12-volt outlets, one on the dash and one in the console, for recharging portable electronics, and an available 110-volt outlet. That's a big reason why all of the American automakers are focusing on improving fuel economy in their full-sized pickups. This went on until we were well south of Detroit and as we neared the Ohio Turnpike, our fuel economy figures were hovering around a disappointing 16 miles per gallon but I am admit that my frustration with the stupid traffic caused me to drive in a manner that was less than idea for achieving great fuel economy. The speed limit fluctuated between 55 and 65 miles per hour but the hills decreased the fuel economy into the range of 17-18 miles per gallon.
With the exception of one generation late in the 1990s, the F-150 has always had an easily-identifiable boxy shape. While most companies are focused on how to make more power from the Ford F150 3. The 2012 F-150 features a strong front end, powerful shoulders and a tall bed wall creating a nice, deep box. Our two favorites are the integral tailgate step that makes clambering into the box easy and the spring-out box side steps that make reaching into the vehicle's deep cargo box much more convenient. Among Competitors Among competitors, the new Ecoboost puts out a whopping 365 horse power and 420 foot pounds of torque.
Its just like driving Fords F150 3. The same goes for the rears seats, at least those on SuperCrew models. They are rated to get 25 mpg on the highway, 20 in town, and 22 overall. Incredible power and impressive fuel economy for a truck of this size combine to make for one great drivetrain — leaving no question as to why the EcoBoost V6 has quickly become the most popular engine in the F150 family. Tailgate Step Designed to deal with the awkward and potentially dangerous chore of getting into the pickup truck's bed, the integrated tailgate step on the 2012 Ford F-150 scores big. I should point out that while cruising on the highway, when the speeds climbed up into the 75-80mph range, fuel economy figures dropped into the range of 18-19mpg so those with a lead foot in an area with a higher speed limit may have a more difficult time hitting those 21mpg figures.
As for overall comfort, we think the F-150's contoured front seats are among the most comfortable in the class. The under-performing trucks in performance comparison include the Chevy Silverado 1500, the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan. In stock form it seems that the truck makes more than enough power to move itself on the open highway getting very good fuel economy for a truck 18-22 mpg but once truck is driven in traffic or in-town environment the fuel economy drops considerably 14-15 mpg. Torture Test The torture tests used for the 2011 F150 with Ecoboost 4X4 engine included log pulling in Oregon, competing in the Baja 1000 off-road race, towing 11,000 pounds on a racetrack for 24 straight hours and dyno testing. In fact, there are clever storage compartments throughout the 2012 F-150's cabin for holding everything from beverages to cell phones.
The readout for the stereo system appears on a thin screen mounted along the top edge of the center stack and dashboard. While it has a ride that you would expect from a half ton pickup capable of towing over 11,000 pounds, the 2012 F150 was surprisingly smooth and very comfortable on the highway. If you need a pickup, and want to save as much gas as possible, the F-150 diesel can do that for you. Those tall bed walls, however, can be a bit of a hindrance when trying to access a tool box or gear in the bed's center. The Final Word After my second time in a 2012 Ford F150 powered by the EcoBoost V6, I have found that not only can the twin turbocharged V6 do anything that a V8 can but it can also reach incredible fuel economy figures when it is not under heavy load. Ford has released the fuel economy ratings for the new F150 Powerstroke diesel, and that's the highway rating for the two-wheel drive model. That is because of the hills and gas here in sw Michigan.