We finally have official specs for the Ford F-150 diesel, and they’re impressive. The 3.0-liter Power Stroke engine puts out a decent 250 horsepower, plus a very solid 440 lb.-ft. of torque. That engine works with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, and it’s made of aluminum as well as compacted graphite iron for less weight.
With great power comes great capability, at least for pickups. When properly equipped, the truck can tow up to 11,400 pounds, so you can get that bigger boat and not have to go with a Ford Super Duty. The payload rating comes in at 2,020 pounds for XL and XLT fleet models, or 1,940 for retail models.
Not only will you be able to do more with this truck, you should be stopping for fuel less often. The EPA fuel economy ratings come in at 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, and 25 mpg combined. That’s better than any other full-size truck on the market today, but beware: Ford has had a history of overstating fuel efficiency. The way you drive the truck, including if you use it to haul and two (which in my opinion is the whole point of owning one) can cause those numbers to dive.
You’ll be able to get your hands on the new diesel-powered Ford F-150 starting in May, when it starts hitting dealers. Just expect it to be a popular model, so you might be waiting in line or paying a premium at first.