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In 2011, Ford shook up the truck world by introducing a new engine to its F-Series pickup. Starting in 2009, the Blue Oval has been producing something known as the EcoBoost line of engines. And in 2023, these engines can be found in a number of Ford products, including the F-150 EcoBoost. 

Is an EcoBoost engine worth it?

As a full-size truck, the Ford F-150 offers multiple engine options, and the EcoBoost might be worth the upcharge. The entry F-150 EcoBoost engine is the 2.7-liter V6 engine. It generates 325 horsepower and 400 pound-foot of torque. It also has an added price of $1,285 over the standard 3.3-liter V6 engine. 

For those looking for more power, there’s the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. It’s a $1.5k option on the F-150 XL, XLT, Tremor, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels. 

A 2023 Ford F-150 with an EcoBoost engine tows a trailer.
Ford F-150 | Ford

The ultimate EcoBoost engine offered to the 2023 Ford F-150 is the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost High-Output engine. With its 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque, it is limited to the F-150 Raptor. So it probably won’t be the engine that most folks get in their F-Series trucks. 

What does EcoBoost mean on Ford?

If you see a Ford car, truck, or SUV with an EcoBoost badge, it means it has an EcoBoost engine. Essentially, these are smaller displacement powerplants that benefit from forced induction. 

A turbocharged engine typically means better efficiency. But when it comes to a full-size truck like the 2023 Ford F-150, fuel economy numbers aren’t something to write home about. That is especially true if you’re doing actual truck stuff, like towing. 

Are F-150 EcoBoost trucks reliable?

In terms of reliability, it seems like these engines are reliable in Ford trucks. For over 10 years, EcoBoost engines have been an option for the F-150. According to Vehicle History, it’s not unsurprising to see an F-150 EcoBoost with over 200,000 miles on the clock. 

A Ford F-150 Raptor full-size truck is driving.
2023 Ford F-150 Raptor | Ford

Of course, a turbocharged engine is going to be more complex than a naturally aspirated one. A turbo is another component that can fail, leaving you with a full-size truck that does not run properly. 

In order to keep an F-150 reliable, it’s important to stay on top of maintenance. Even the most reliable vehicle can become problematic if it is not cared for in the correct manner. 

Is the 2023 Ford F-150 a hybrid?

It is possible to get a hybrid F-150 in 2023. The 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 engine makes 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. You’ll have to pay extra for it, but it’s available on everything from the base XL trim to the F-150 Platinum. 

The Ford F-150 Lightning is driving as an electric truck.
2023 Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

In addition to a hybrid powertrain, Ford also offers an electric truck known as the F-150 Lightning. And that vehicle has proven itself to be fairly popular with folks who are interested in making the jump to an EV.

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