2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Limited Off-Road Drive and Review
( http://www.TFLtruck.com ) The 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Limited is not exactly set-up to be the
most off-road worthy truck that Ford builds. In fact with 22 inch wheels
the Limited Model is perhaps one of the less off-road worthy light duty
trucks on the market. But never-the-less we wanted to see how well this
truck would deal with the Colorado Rocky Mountains. In another accurate,
fun and informative review, Nathan and Roman put the 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Limited to the TFLtruck test by
taking it into Colorado mountains to see how well this truck drives when
the going gets tough.
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Ford Ecoboost Animation
Sticking with the recent trend of 'less is more', Ford has unveiled its new
series of EcoBoost 4-cylinder
engines at the Frankfurt motor show today.
2011 Taurus SHO Turbo installation
This is how they install the one of the twin turbo's on the 2011 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5L engine at
the Cleveland, OH plant. This was filmed on a private tour of the plant by
the SHOCLUB during the 2010 SHO Convention in Dearborn, MI.
EcoBoost Technology - Animation
Ford Motor Company is introducing a new engine technology called EcoBoost that will deliver up to 20 percent
better fuel economy on half a million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles
annually in North America during the next five years.
The EcoBoost family of 4-cylinder
and 6-cylinder engines features turbocharging and direct injection technology.
Compared with more expensive hybrids and diesel engines, EcoBoost builds upon today's affordable gasoline
engine and improves it, providing more customers with a way to improve fuel
economy and emissions without compromising driving performance.
"EcoBoost is meaningful because it
can be applied across a wide variety of engine types in a range of
vehicles, from small cars to large trucks -- and it's affordable," said
Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development.
"Compared with the current cost of diesel and hybrid technologies,
customers can expect to recoup their initial investment in a 4-cylinder
EcoBoost engine through fuel savings
in approximately 30 months. A diesel will take an average of seven and
one-half years, while the cost of a hybrid will take nearly 12 years to
recoup -- given equivalent miles driven per year and fuel costs," he said.
Ford will introduce EcoBoost on the
new Lincoln MKS flagship in 2009, followed by the Ford Flex and other
vehicles. By 2013, Ford will have more than half a million EcoBoost-powered vehicles on the road annually in
In 2009, Ford first will introduce EcoBoost on the Lincoln MKS featuring a 3.5-liter
twin-turbocharged V-6. It will produce
the power and torque of a V-8 engine with the fuel efficiency of a V-6. In
fact, with an estimated 340-horsepower and more than 340
lb.-ft. of torque, the Lincoln MKS will be the most powerful and
fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive luxury sedan in the market.
More With Less
EcoBoost's combination of direct
injection and turbocharging mitigates
the traditional disadvantages of downsizing and Boosting 4- and 6-cylinder engines, giving
customers both superior performance as well as fuel economy.
With direct injection, fuel is injected into each cylinder of an engine in
small, precise amounts. Compared to conventional port injection, direct
injection produces a cooler, denser charge, delivering higher fuel economy
When combined with modern-day turbocharging -- which uses waste energy from the
Exhaust gas to drive the turbine --
direct injection provides the best of both worlds: the responsiveness of a
larger-displacement engine with fewer trips to the gas pump.
Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, for
example, can deliver upwards of 340-plus lb.-ft. of torque across a wide
engine range -- 2,000 to 5,000 rpm versus 270 to 310 lb.-ft of torque for a
conventional naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V-8 over the same speed range.
At the same time, this V-6 gives customers an approximate 2 mpg improvement
and emits up to 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions to the environment.
Direct injection coupled with turbocharging allows for the downsizing of engines
that deliver improved torque and performance. A small 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine has the capability of producing
more torque than a larger 4-cylinder engine -- nearly an entire liter
larger in displacement -- with better fuel efficiency.
The real-world fuel economy benefit is consistent no matter the drive
cycle, meaning the engine is efficient in the city as well as on the
highway -- unlike hybrids, which are most efficient in stop-and-go traffic.
In addition, customers who tow and haul -- and have long turned to more
expensive diesel powertrains for their superior towing capabilities -- can
find the engine performance they need from an EcoBoost powertrain.
EcoBoost -- combined with
multi-speed transmissions, advanced electric power steering, weight
reductions and aerodynamic improvements -- is part of Ford Motor Company's
strategy to deliver sustainable, quality vehicles that customers want and
value. Additional hybrid offerings and diesel engines are planned for
Longer term, Ford plans to remain aggressive in the development of plug-in
hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles.
"We know that what will make the biggest difference is applying the right
technology on volume vehicles that customers really want and value and can
afford," said Kuzak. "EcoBoost puts
an affordable technology within reach for millions of customers, and Ford's
systems approach adds up to a big idea that differentiates Ford's
sustainability strategy in the market."
Real World Test Drive 2010 Taurus SHO
This is not your father's Muscle Car: This blisteringly fast All-Wheel
Drive piece of Detroit steel will get the kids to school in more types of
weather for a lot less gas a little less money than you might think. Grant
SHO-time? Ford Taurus SHO vs. 2009 Infiniti G37 @ the Track
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When Ford announced its all-new 2010 Taurus SHO as a new-generation premium
performance sedan, we took it to mean the term literally. So what better
yardstick to measure Ford's claim than a current premium performance sedan
with a proven record, the 2009 Infiniti G37 Journey?
The twin-turbo Taurus wouldn't have it
easy, seeing how the Infiniti G35 sedan had dethroned the BMW 335i sedan in
our five-car comparison last year. More recently a G37 devoured Acura's
high-tech TL SH-AWD without so much as a by-your-leave in a head-to-head
But perhaps the reanimated Super High Output (SHO) Taurus will once again
have a few sleeper sedan tricks for the establishment.
2011 Ford Taurus SHO AWD Start Up, Exterior/ Interior Review
In this review, we take a very in-depth look at the 2011 Ford Taurus SHO
AWD. The vehicle was provided courtesy of yet another one of our good
friends, Grapevine Ford/ Lincoln, in Grapevine, TX for us to review. This
review is designed to provide accurate information to both car enthusiasts
and potential consumers alike.
2013 Ford Taurus SHO Road Test
Can you drift a 2013 Ford Taurus SHO like Nascar racer Carl Edwards does in
the commercial? I tried and couldn't. This press car didn't have the ESC
button in the center console to disable the stability management system so
try as I might, the car would never get sideways.
I did however find out how great this car is at being a world class sedan.
Around town and in the canyons, this 4400 pound vehicle feels flat out
It's also pretty fast, 0-60 in 5.2 seconds will get your attention and the
immensely capable all wheel drive system, huge brakes and fantastic
suspension will keep it.
I'll go on record for loving the eco-Boost engine platform. The 3.5L Twin turbo V6 is only mildly laggy at the low end but
more than makes up for that once it starts to rev. The practical side is
that you could use all 365 horsepower in this car and
still manage fuel mileage in the mid 20's and then on the highway settle in
at about 30 MPG.
Would I own one, heck yes...as long as it had that ESC button in the center
console to disable the stability management systems so that I could four
wheel drift the tires off the thing.
2010 Ford Taurus/SHO NHTSA Frontal Impact
ead Injury Criterion 374-379
Chest deceleration (g's) 43-36
Femur load l/r1 (lb) 355 / 324-312 / 781
The Taurus is back with a new look, more safety features and the legendary
2013 Ford Flex Start Up and Review 3.5 L Twin-Turbo V6
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Camerons Car Reviews Score: 4/5
Start Up and Review of the 2013 Ford Flex
Powertrains: 3.5 L V6 or 3.5 L Twin-turbo V6 with 6-Speed Automaitc FWD or AWD
Features: Leather Seats, Power Windows, Mirrors, and Door Locks, LED
Tailights, Navigation System, My Ford Touch, Bluetooth, Voice Recognition,
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel, Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel, Power
Outlet(s), USB Ports, AUX Input, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, Satellite Radio,
Heated Seats, Heated Exterior Mirrors, Backup Camera
Gas FUEL TYPE
FUEL TANK CAPACITY
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE
3.5 L CAM TYPE
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
255 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
285 hp @ 6500 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 42.4 ft.
EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY)
3 yr./ 36000 mi. DRIVETRAIN
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
FRONT HEAD ROOM
FRONT HIP ROOM
FRONT LEG ROOM
FRONT SHOULDER ROOM
REAR HIP ROOM
REAR HEAD ROOM
REAR LEG ROOM
REAR SHOULDER ROOM
6 ft. 3.9 in. (75.9 in.)
5 ft. 8 in. (68 in.)
5 ft. 5.4 in. (65.4 in.)
5 ft. 5.4 in. (65.4 in.)
9 ft. 9.9 in. (117.9 in.)
Competitors: Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge
What Camerons Car Reviews has to say about the Flex: When the Flex was
introduced in 2009, many consumers thought it was a unique full sized
crossover SUV. One question, is it a real crossover? Somewhat, it's half
wagon and half crossover and we love it that it's unique. For 2013 the Flex
gets a host of new updates including a reworked interior and Front
headlights that make it look more sporty and fresh for the competition.
Power comes from a 3.5 L V6 or step up and get a 3.5 L Twin turbo V6 and they are all made into a 6-Speed
Automatic. Room on the interior is somewhat good and it's very luxurious.
Our tester came in at around $50,000, so is it worth it? Well some people
might think so because it's unique however we would buy it if the price was
lowered by about $7,000, even Ford has it's own full Size crossover the
Explorer that has more room inside and you get more bang for the buck. All
in all it's a very great crossover from Ford, we think that the people that
like unique cars will buy this crossover.