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Ford F-150 EcoBoost 3.5L Beats Chevy, Loses To GMC In Towing Test

A recent towing test conducted by placed the 2016 Ford F-150 EcoBoost with 3.5-liter V6 engine toward the top of the list of five contenders, splitting the General Motors lineup in half by besting the 5.3-liter Chevrolet Silverado, but losing to the 6.2-liter GMC Sierra.

Despite the second-place finish, we take that as a testament to the mightiness of the comparatively small 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, not to mention the value proposition posed by the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 EcoBoost.

The 2016 Ford F-150 EcoBoost that the folks at PickupTrucks secured for testing was equipped with the Lariat trim package. Evaluators praised its hefty, “confidence-inspiring” torque, as well as its agility, no doubt enabled by the truck’s advanced aluminum body and low curb weight. Inside, they were similarly impressed by the rich, quality featureset and finish materials, not to mention the breadth of information readily available through the digital displays.

Where the 2016 Ford F-150 EcoBoost lost out to the more premium GMC Sierra was performance. Despite being powered by a fuel-efficient, 3.5-liter EcoBoost motor, the Ford returned slightly fewer miles-per-gallon than the Sierra, both empty, and while pulling a 10,100-pound trailer. Moreover, acceleration to 60 mph and through the quarter-mile, as well as stopping distance from 60, were less impressive than those of the GMC Sierra.

To get the full scoop, be sure to read the towing comparison test write-up at

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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