When it comes to trucks, it’s typical to see two or three engine choices. So when a truck rolls around that comes with four engine choices, it’s hard to ignore. In this case, a 2014 used Ford F-150 in Baltimore has four engine options: a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8, 3.5-liter V6, and 6.2-liter V8. These engines come standard or optional across the 2014 F-150’s nine trim levels, and provide it with a wide range of capability. When outfitted with the proper equipment, the 2014 F-150 has the capability to do anything and everything you ask from it — even off-roading.
Whether it’s work, play, or daily driving, the F-150 has an engine for it.
Important to Note
While it’s possible to choose between four different engine options depending on the trim level, it’s important to note every trim level and engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard across eight of the nine trim levels as well, but four-wheel drive is an available option – except for the Raptor, which is a 4WD only model.
The standard engine in the lineup is a 3.7-liter V6 engine. There is nothing particular about this engine, seeing as it’s your basic workhorse base engine. It puts out 302 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, which is average for an engine found on a truck this size. The light-weight aluminum body found on the F-150 obviously helps with fuel economy though, seeing as it’s rated at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway on a rear wheel drive model. If it’s a four-wheel drive model, the fuel economy decreases slightly to 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway. Even so, that’s still rather impressive. Especially considering Chevy’s legendary small block engine 4.3-liter V6 is netting 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway in 2016. Ford was able to accomplish that type of fuel economy (almost) two years ago with its engine.
An engine that’s easy on your wallet, which makes it a good choice for a daily driver, but still provides enough horsepower, torque, and towing capacity for any average work that might need to be done is exactly what you’ll get from the 3.7-liter V6.
Kicking it up a notch, upgrading to the 5.0-liter V8 engine drastically increases the F150’s capability, horsepower, and torque. This engine puts out 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of toque, which is about 60 more horses and 100 more torque than the 3.7-liter. Surprisingly, the fuel economy doesn’t suffer too badly, even with such a large jump in power. A rear-wheel drive 2014 F-150 with this engine on board still gets up to 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway — which is only one mpg less (respectively) than the 3.7-liter V6 equipped to a 4WD model. If the 5.0-liter V8 engine is paired to a four-wheel drive model, then the fuel economy expectedly drops to an abysmal 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.
Then again, tacking on four-wheel drive with this much power vs. the amount of power found on the 3.7-liter engine means the difference in capability is quite noticeable.
Next up is the 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine — aka EcoBoost. The EcoBoost technology found on this engine allows it to reach an unparalleled level of power compared to conventional turbo boosting technology, without sacrificing fuel economy. This engine is able to put out a whopping 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. So even though it’s a smaller engine than the 5.0-liter V8, the EcoBoost technology is the sole reason for its insane amount of power. It’s even able to get better fuel economy than the 5.0-liter engine as well, and it comes in at 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. When paired to 4WD, the fuel economy slightly dips to 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
The combination of exceptional fuel-efficiency and superb horsepower and torque provides buyers with an engine that is able to perform effectively for the daily driver, or for the person who is looking to do some heavy hauling. It’s all thanks to the EcoBoost technology, which somehow Ford is able to keep expanding and improving to kick out more power and provide better efficiency. The fact that a much smaller V6 engine can put out a much larger amount of horsepower and torque than a bigger V8 engine is a true testament to the EcoBoost technology’s effectiveness.
However, sometimes nothing matches traditional raw and unbridled power — especially in off-road situations. For scenarios like that, the 6.2-liter V8 engine is what you want.
This 6.2-liter V8 engine is the king of kings when it comes to horsepower and torque in the 2014 F-150 lineup. It’s so powerful, it comes standard on the legendary SVT Raptor, and optional on other trim levels. This one engine is able to put out a massive 411 horsepower and 434 lb-t of torque. It’s so fast, it’s able to take the heavy F-150 Raptor from 0-60 mph in a mere 7.1 seconds. That’s screaming for a full-size pickup truck, especially one that’s laden with off-road equipment. But fuel-economy is drastically reduced when equipped with this engine, and even a two-wheel drive model is only able to produce 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. Four-wheel drive drops to a truly depressing 11 mpg city and 16 mpg highway.
Then again, if you are installing a 6.2-liter V8 under the hood of a full-size truck, you probably aren’t worried about the fuel economy.
Everything and Anything
Depending on the engine and equipment on board, the towing capacity of the F-150 ranges from 6,700 pounds with the 3.7-liter V6 equipped, all the way up to 11,300 pounds with the 6.2-liter V8 and EcoBoost V6 equipped. With these four engines, the F-150 isn’t just restricted to towing either. The combination of above-average power and fuel-efficiency from the EcoBoost engine ensures that you can use the F-150 as a daily driver and workhorse. Or if you just need a truck for toting the kids and some firewood around, the base V6 engine provides plenty of power without sacrificing fuel economy.
Truly, the F-150 is able to take on everything and anything with these four engines at its disposal.