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I've gone on several business trips and rented the F-150

Both were 2017 XLT's, 2WD, Super Crew

Truck A had the 3.5 with 10 speed trans

Truck B had the 2.7 with 6 speed trans

both truck were driven 980 miles on the interstate
and approx. 100 miles in town (no load or towing)

I mostly drove conservatively on the interstate @ 80 -90 mph using cruise control
floored them both many times just to see what they have

both had an RPM of approx. 1800 @ 80 mph

both seemed to have the same ride
and road noise at highway speed was very low

the 3.5 averaged 18 mpg
the 2.7 averaged 23 mpg
this was what the MPG display showed
using 87 oct 10%, in 1,000 miles

in using the 2 MPG trip modes, I found that the 3.5 lost mileage due to me flooring it often on the highway, even though I did the same with the 2.7 it did not lose mileage
not flooring the 3.5 would yield 21 mpg on the highway (best)

0 - 80 mph acceleration was, according to the butt dyno, the same

the difference was in the passing or full acceleration @ 70 mph or higher
the 3.5 felt like the stronger/quicker Truck

trans shift 6 or 10 speed were all most unnoticeable in regular driving

if I had not looked under the hood or seen the displayed for the gear it was in or kept up with the gas milage
I would have not been able to tell a difference

even though FORD says the 2.7 is faster in 0-60 mph
the 3.5's 10 speed made it seem faster as it quickly went through the gears

they both have that old muscle car acceleration, and I was very impressed
I've never been in a Truck this quick

I would take the 3.5 over the 2.7, unless gas mileage was an issue

would I trade my '06 XLT, 5.4 with low 75,000 miles for one of these; YES
but I would not pay the price the dealers are asking
looks like I'll be in my '06 another 20 years


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I mostly drove conservatively on the interstate @ 80 -90 mph
That's not driving conservatively.

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well I was finally able to get in this Thread

wanted to add

speed limiter was @ 97 mph for both Trucks

both Trucks had less than 30,000 miles

when I took the first Truck down the road and came to a traffic light, I said "oh shit" as the Truck died
well it has an ignition cut off, if you come to a stop and press the brake
found out that if you put just enough pressure to hold the Truck still the engine does not cut off, takes a little practice to keep it from cutting off

that was scary the first time
don't think I would like all that starting, especially if driving in downtown Atlanta

very easy to smoke the tires
the 3.5 chirped the tires going into 2nd

30 - 40 mph on wet pavement; if you floor them they will get sideways quick
both had very good tires

in fact when I go to get a rental vehicle, I make my decision as to which I will rent by looking at the tires

I've rented 10 vehicles in the past 14 months (Enterprise)
I get .54 per mile for my travels, I put approx. $300+ in my pocket per trip after vehicle expenses
and no wear & tear on my stuff
I also get the insurance, damage waiver & personal insurance

talked to my USAA agent and if I file a claim on a rental, it would be just as if it were my personal vehicle
I pay the deductible and can look forward to my rates rising due to a claim (even at non-avoidable accident)

if you rent, check with your credit card company, many offer insurance and reduced rental rates

making 2 trips this month, going to Murrells Inlet SC next week & Ft Walton Beach at the end of the month


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If you were in the market for a new truck, this would definitely be the best way to test them all.
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There's a button on the dash to turn off the auto start/stop. I think it has an "A" on it. Has to be redone every time you turn it off and restart it. All 2018's have auto start/stop, not just the Ecoboosts.

Also, both Ecoboosts and the 5.0 have 10 speeds for 2018.

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