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Tow Vehicle Shootout: V-8 or V-6
We put the F-150 4x4 SuperCrew EcoBoost XLT and F-150 4x4 SuperCrew SVT Raptor to the test by towing 7,500 pounds of fueled-up and geared-up Four Winns SL262 through some of California's heaviest freeway traffic and most difficult mountain roads.
Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 not only challenged the 6.2-liter V-8, but by our reckoning, it also narrowly won — returning slightly better mileage, proving much quieter thanks to its tires and exhaust system, pulling fractionally quicker to 60 mph, and offering better ride quality. But the SVT Raptor won in seating comfort and chassis stability, thanks to heavy-duty suspension and stiffer tires that helped with big trailer loads. Clearly this V-6 truck can do everything a gasoline V-8 can. And if you tow only occasionally, the V-6 fuel-mileage dividends should make it an even better overall choice. We’d take the F-150 EcoBoost’s quietness, better ride and superior day-to-day fuel mileage in trade for the dynamic stability offered by the SVT Raptor. Mission accomplished, EcoBoost V-6.
F-150 4x4 SuperCrew SVT Raptor
Highs: Stable towing at all times on all roads. Great seating comfort.
Lows: Cabin sound levels higher than those measured in the EcoBoost.
Bottom Line: Brawny, super stable, and offers off-road capability.
F-150 4x4 SuperCrew EcoBoost XLT
Highs: Quiet riding and quicker acceleration.
Lows: Less stable towing on uneven pavement.
Bottom Line: Great combo of daily driver and tow attributes.