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Ford F-150 Rated Top “Greener Choice”

Ford F-150 Rated Top “Greener Choice”

There’s lots of reasons to love Ford pickup trucks. They have power, strength, and rugged style. However, they don’t lack in efficiency, either. The Ford F-150 proved that by being named a “Greener Choice.”

The 2017 F-150 earned this title from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Every year, the ACEEE gives out awards to cars that help our environment with high fuel economy. The F-150 earned a Greener Choice award, a triumph for a full-size truck.

The F-150 was the only full-size truck to get the award. It earned it with its eco-friendly 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. When equipped with this engine, the 2017 F-150 earned an ACEEE Green Score of 39. That means that the F-150 was 12th overall in Greener Choices! That’s impressive for a pickup truck.

A fuel rating of 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined makes the truck best-in-class for fuel efficiency. But if you choose this truck, you won’t only be getting amazing fuel efficiency. There are other smart features like a 10-speed automatic transmission and engine stop/start technology.

The 2017 Ford F-150 is chock full of intelligence and ready to take you on any adventure. Check out the Ford F-150 today at Two Rivers Ford.

New 2017 Ford Super Duty is Too Tough for Ford’s Old Testing Equipment

New 2017 Ford Super Duty is Too Tough for Ford’s Old Testing Equipment

How tough is the new 2017 Ford Super Duty? According to Ford, so tough that it had to build a completely new dynamometer sled to simulate traveling up steep mountain grades when testing on the flat roads of the automaker’s Arizona Proving Grounds.

Normally, a dynamometer is hooked up to the back of a truck to test its capability. However, the new 2017 Ford Super Duty was so powerful that the old dyno simply didn’t challenge it, leading Ford to build a completely new one and properly test its mountain-climbing limits.

By using a brake limiter, which essentially mimics the effects of gravity while driving up an incline, the dyno is able to simulate steep grades. The old one was capable of a maximum drawbar pull of 2,000 pounds and to simulate a 7% grade; by comparison, the new one is capable of a drawbar pull of over 5,600 pounds and to simulate up to a 30% grade.

“In more than 25 years of doing this work, we used the same dyno, which did the job, but the new truck is so powerful we needed new equipment to test out its capability,” explained Jim Sumner, Ford product development engineer. “The fact that even under full load, Super Duty didn’t have any trouble at all is a testament to just how capable this new truck is.”

We look forward to challenging the 2017 Ford Super Duty with real-world tests at Two Rivers Ford!