Although lately passenger car diesels having a rough go, the light truck industry has doubled down on these powertrains. In fact, Ford just has released its 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 that promises a big towing capacity while returning an excellent fuel economy.
But it turns out that a lot does it cost compared to a gasoline F-150. First, even in order to get the option to add the diesel motor to the users’ build sheet, the user has to purchase the Lariat trim package, at a minimum. The user needs to keep in mind that while the two-door, base LT F-150 begins at just 27,705 dollars, the Lariat and the other upper trim packages are only available as SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles, beginning at 41,015 dollars and heading way north of that.
So, the users have ponied up the 41,000 dollars for the Lariat, surely getting the sweet, sweet diesel fuel economy would only need a little more cash. But that is actually not the truth. While the users are able to upgrade from the base 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 to the 5.0-liter V8 for 1,000 dollars and to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for 1,600 dollars; getting into the diesel is a 4,000 dollars option, in accordance with a recent report. Not cheap, but the consumers need to keep in mind that the jump from gasoline to diesel in the Super Duty trucks is about 9,000 dollars.
Beyond the super cool Power Stroke badging and the 30 miles per gallon highway, what other benefits the 3.0-liter diesel offers over the EcoBoost gasoline engines is yet to be seen. So, let’s break down the numbers. Ford is rating the baby Power Stroke at 440 pound-feet of torque and 250 horsepower. Not bad, until the consumers consider that the 3.5-liter EcoBoost that is 2,400 dollars cheaper, produces about 470 lb-ft of torque and 375 horsepower while returning around 23 mpg on the highway.
The consumers should keep in mind that those fuel economy ratings do not take into account towing or hauling that is something that the truck owners tend to do. For the record, Ford said that the diesel F-150 could tow 11,400 pounds while the 3.5-liter EcoBoost model could lug about 13,200, though the diesel probably is going to return better mileage while towing. Even, while diesel now is much more common at any typical gas station, it is far from being ubiquitous, which is something to be considered.
So, now the question is, after all that, whether it is going to be worth it for the consumers to step up to a Power Stroke in their new F-150. The short answer to it is, yes, if they plan on doing a lot of towing over a long distance or if they just really like the sound of a diesel engine. Also, the answer is no if they have pretty much of any other use case. The fact is that the times of big, lazy gasoline engines in the trucks are over and direct-injected, smaller-displacement, turbocharged gasoline engines are more than up to the task for all but the gnarliest loads.