Is the base 3.5L V6 the same Engine as the 3.5 L Ecoboost without the Turbocharger?
Thinking about buying a new F 150. Not sure if the base engine would be powerful
enough for a full size truck.
The base engine would be fine, but if you are looking to do some towing I would prefer the 5.0 or the 3.5 Ecoboost. I currently lease a 2013 F-150 4x4 Lariat Super crew with the Ecoboost 3.5 and haven't had any issues with it in 40,000 miles. The fuel mileage is not great, but it is a damned nice truck.
The 3.5 ecoboost is a DOHC twin turbo direct injection V-6 engine. The standard 3.5 is very similar to the 3.7 it replaced it does NOT have direct injection or turbos, however it is a DOHC V-6.
The 2015 F-150 has an aluminum body and therefore is about 900 lbs lighter than the previous model year. The standard engine should do fine. But before you decide I suggest you check the net on body and fender repairs for an aluminum body. I believe consumer reports posted a video on the exact same truck. Took a sledge hammer and dented the side bed panel near the rear wheel. Good whack but not something horrific. Cost of repair was over 4G's. Something to think about. Then talk to someone or check out what it cost to repair a bad turbocharger. It also is not cheap. ---- My two cents.
The aluminum body will catch on and in a few years they will all be aluminum. I will be getting a new Ford soon as my lease runs out, but this time I will get the 5.0 engine. The aluminum body is a plus, it's light, strong and won't rust away.
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