2nd Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Engine

After six years of success in the Ford F-150 powertrain lineup, the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 turbocharged engine was retired after the 2016 model year, and a new, more powerful EcoBoost replaced it. This revised engine, known as the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine, joins the Ford F-150 powertrain lineup for the 2017 model year. It provides an array of improvements that not only increased power, but also reliability.

Just like the first generation engine, however, the second generation maintains the 3.5L EcoBoost’s record of delivering best-in-class performance, even against rival manufacturers using engines with almost twice the displacement. In this post, our guide to the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine, we’re going to explain how it’s all possible. We’ll cover Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost specs, engine design changes, and performance information . We’ll also go into detail about the differences between this engine, and the previous one and how they translated into greater reliability.

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor
Photo taken from Ford Media

The 2nd Generation EcoBoost Meets the Ford F-150

After two years of sporting a new body style featuring military-grade aluminum exterior paneling, the Ford F-150 gets a revised 3.5L EcoBoost engine in 2017. This engine, the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine, raises the bar even further, providing greater fuel efficiency, more power, and even improved reliability. In addition to this engine, a high-output version was also introduced.

The new High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine debuted on the 2017 Ford Raptor and later was added to 2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited trucks. This engine took the 2nd Gen EcoBoost engine to new heights, and delivers a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque making this one of the most powerful trucks available. Since it’s release, the High-output 3.5L EcoBoost engine is also now available in Ford’s other vehicles like the 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline Edition.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
2019 Ford F-150 Raptor. Photo taken from Ford Media.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Specs

Engine Years2017-2022
ApplicationsFord F-150 & Ford Raptor
Configuration60-Degree V6 DOHC
Displacement3.5 Liters (213 cubic inches)
Cylinder Bore3.64″
Cylinder Stroke3.41″
Compression Ratio
2017-2022 Standard Output
2017-2022 High Output
See Below
10.5:1
10.0:1
Firing Order1-4-2-5-3-6
Engine Block MaterialAluminum
Cylinder Head MaterialAluminum
ValvetrainRoller Finger Follower
Ignition SystemCoil on Plug
Fuel SystemTwin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection
Air Delivery/AspirationTwin turbocharged and intercooled. Electronic wastegates were added in 2017+ models
Horsepower (Standard Output)
2017-2020
2021+
See Below
375 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
400 Horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
Horsepower (High Output)
2017-2022 Raptor
2019-2020 Limited
450 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
Torque
2017-2020
2021+
See Below
470 lb.-ft @ 2,500 rpm
500 lb.-ft @ 3,100 rpm
Torque (High Output)
2017-2022 Raptor
2019-2020 Limited
510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Recommended Fuel
(Standard Output)
Regular Unleaded
Recommended Fuel
(High Output)
Premium Unleaded
Engine Oil Capacity6 Quarts (5.7 Liters)
Engine Oil Type/Recommended Engine OilMotorcraft SAE 5w-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
XO-5W30-Q1SP
Recommended Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Design & Information

Similar to the First Gen Ecoboost, the second Generation has a V6 configuration and uses a Dual Overhead Camshaft engine design. 3.5 Liter EcoBoost Engines use an aluminum for both the engine block and the head that have been proven adequately durable, despite the high numbers produced by these engines. These engines use direct fuel injection and turbocharging to provide diesel-like performance. Peak torque is reached very early in the RPM range and maintained for a long duration, making these engines a great choice for individuals who tow frequently.

Because of the smaller displacement and more efficient design, these engines are typically much better on fuel than naturally-aspirated engines like the 5.0L V8 engine also used in Ford F-150s. This is especially true in the second generation EcoBoost engine as it benefits from aluminum exterior body paneling that reduces a lot of weight, in addition to a number of weight-saving mechanical changes made to these engines for this generation.

The Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost features a number of major mechanical improvements that help increase power and reliability. After years of production of the First Generation and seeing what the flaws were, Ford responded by engineering practical solutions and making the necessary improvements to make a better 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Key changes to the 2nd Generation engine include valvetrain improvements, an updated turbocharger design, new fuel system, and the addition of Auto Start-Stop technology. The engines lower-end also benefits from durability enhancements.

3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Maintenance
2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine. Picture taken from Ford Media.

Updated Valvetrain

An updated Twin Independent Variable Cam timing system improves reliability while still giving greater control of the camshafts, effectively increasing fuel efficiency and power output. Second Generation EcoBoost engines benefit from a more durable dual-chain cam drive system than the single chain found on the outgoing first gen engine. This dual-chain cam drive system also helps in reducing noise, vibration, and harshness of this engine.

Hollow camshafts, along with a new roller-finger valvetrain replace the old Direct Acting Mechanical Bucket valvetrain (DAMB) system found in first gen engines and reduce engine weight by as much as four pounds. Other valvetrain durability improvements were also made, including Hydraulic valve-lash adjusters, intake, and exhaust valves.

New Turbocharger System

A major factor in the improved capabilities and acceleration of the 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost is a revised turbocharger design. Maximum boost increased thanks to a set of new turbochargers. Turbine wheels use Super ally Mar-M-247 which is stronger, lighter, and increases responsiveness. An electronic waste gate was also added.

Twin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engines benefit in reliability and performance from a new fuel system that uses both Twin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection. In this system, two injectors are used per cylinder. One injector is present on the intake port, where air is introduced to the cylinder. The other injector is located within the cylinder itself. By working together, these injectors create greater fuel efficiency, power, and even lower emissions. This design also helps to significantly reduce the amount of carbon build-up experienced in these engines, which is one of the most common 3.5L EcoBoost Problems.

Auto Start-Stop

2nd Generation EcoBoost engines were given the controversial Auto Start-Stop standard feature. While this is a feature pretty much mandated by the EPA, it does decrease idle times because the vehicle is shut off when at a stop during operation. The result is lower CO2 and supposedly better fuel economy. When in 4WD or while towing, this feature is disabled.

Lower End Durability Improvements

To further improve the 3.5L EcoBoost engines reliability, second Generation engines were given a more robust lower end. A new upgraded crankshaft, bearing system, and more stout connecting rod undercuts help support the higher output of the new engine.

Other Changes

  • Variable Displacement Oil Pump
  • partnered with a new 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine
Photo taken From Ford Media.

10-Speed 10R80 Transmission Joins the 3.5L EcoBoost

Despite the number of upgrades giving to the 3.5L EcoBoost engine for its 2nd Generation model, there is another critical factor that makes the newer F-150s with the EcoBoost engine more desirable and capable. 2nd Gen EcoBoost engines in 2017+ Ford F-150s are mated to a 10-Speed Automatic Transmission that really boosts performance and provides a smoother ride.

This new transmission is known as the 10R80 transmission, and it is still being used to this day in the Ford F-150. It uses high-strength steel and aluminum alloys/composites allowing it to be lightweight, yet durable. The 10R80 transmission puts all this new found power to the ground and optimizes towing performance and fuel efficiency.

The 10R80 automatic transmission uses a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing. Three overdrive gears improve fuel efficiency in both city and highway driving environments. Max tow capacity at 12,200 is maintained in instances as well. Ford F-150s with this engine also benefit from an advanced tow/haul mode. A newly introduced electronic control system uses real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms to select the right gear at the right time. This includes skip-shift and direct downshifting.

10-Speed 10R80 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Automatic Transmission
Picture taken from Ford Media.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Performance

The Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine, when found in the 2017-2020 Ford F-150, produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft of torque. That’s 10 more horsepower and 50 lb.-ft more torque than the outgoing 1st Generation engine. High-Output engines produce an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque. There’s no doubt that Ford F-150s with the Second Gen EcoBoost offers greater performance numbers, quicker acceleration, and they’re more fun to drive.

Horsepower and torque aren’t the only thing that matter though. When it comes to trucks, tow capacity is really important. As I’m writing this, while gas is over $4 a gallon, fuel economy is also important to truck owners. In the following two sections, we’ll go over how this generation of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine holds up in terms of towing performance and fuel efficiency.

2nd Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Tow Capacity

Standard Output 3.5L EcoBoost

Model YearDrivetrainMax Conventional
Towing Capacity
20174×2
4×4
12,200 lbs
12,000 lbs
20184×2
4×4
13,200 lbs
13,000 lbs
20194×2
4×4
13,200 lbs
12,900 lbs
20204×2
4×4
13,200 lbs
12,700 lbs
20214×2
4×4
14,000 lbs
13,900 lbs
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited High Output 3.5L EcoBoost

Model YearDrivetrainMax Conventional
Towing Capacity
20194×2
4×4
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
20204×2
4×4
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

Ford Raptor Tow Capacity

Model YearCab TypeMax Conventional
Towing Capacity
2017SuperCab
SuperCrew
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
2018SuperCab
SuperCrew
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
2019SuperCab
SuperCrew
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
2020SuperCab
SuperCrew
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
2021SuperCrew8,200 lbs
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

2nd Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Fuel Economy

Standard Output

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
20174×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
25 mpg
23 mpg
21 mpg
20 mpg
20184×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
25 mpg
23 mpg
21 mpg
20 mpg
20194×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
25 mpg
23 mpg
21 mpg
20 mpg
20204×2
4×4
mpg
16 mpg
mpg
22 mpg
mpg
18 mpg
20214×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
24 mpg
23 mpg
20 mpg
19 mpg
20224×2
4×4
18 mpg
17 mpg
24 mpg
23 mpg
20 mpg
19 mpg
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

High Output Limited Models

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
20194×2
4×4
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg
20204×2
4×4
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

Ford Raptor

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
20174×415 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
20184×415 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
20194×415 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
20204×415 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
2021
2021 (37″ Tires)
4×4
4×4
15 mpg
15 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg
2022
2022 (37″ Tires)
4×4
4×4
15 mpg
15 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

Performance Upgrades for 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Ford F-150s

The EcoBoost engines incredible performance can be largely attributed to the use of twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. These two characteristics make increasing horsepower relatively easy too. By simply adding a 3.5L EcoBoost tuner with box tunes or custom tuning you can crank out over 50 more horsepower and 50 more lb.-ft of torque very easily. There are a number of other upgrades that are affordable and can improve horsepower, torque, and even fuel economy too. Check out some of our favorites.

Tuners

Edge Evolution CTS3 for Ford Gas Vehicles (2017-2020 EcoBoost)

If you’re looking for a programmer that offers moderate gains but has a ton of data parameter monitoring capabilities, the Edge Evolution CTS3 is a 3.5L EcoBoost Tuner you should consider. It offers box tunes capable of increasing horsepower and torque on your Ford F-150. Despite mentioning custom tune capabilities, this programmer isn’t really supported in the aftermarket with custom tuning.

Bully Dog BDX Programmer

Another tuner that allows you to monitor vehicle parameters, adjust settings, and still comes with preloaded tunes is the Bully Dog BDX programmer. This unit is also widely supported and preferred amongst tuning vendors. Custom tunes can also be downloaded via Wi-Fi, making it so easy to get custom tunes for your 3.5L EcoBoost F-150.

Cold Air Intake Systems

S&B Cold Air Intake (2018-2021)

S&B Filters Cold Air Intake System for 2018-2021 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost offers a less restrictive air intake system that gives your engine cooler, denser air. It focuses on bringing cooler air from outside of the vehicle instead of hot air from the engine bay.

Roush Cold Air Intake (2018-2021)

The Roush Cold Air Intake System reduces restrictions by up to 25% and improves intake sound.

For more ideas to increase horsepower, torque, and fuel economy in your 3.5L EcoBoost-powered F-150, visit our 7 Best 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades Post.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance Basics

Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance plays an extremely important role in keeping your Ford F-150 reliable and on the road for a long time. It can be done at a dealership, mechanic shops, or even at home, by yourself. If you want to save yourself a couple bucks and make sure your truck is getting the best quality fluids and filters, you might want to try maintaining it yourself. Many of the tasks are easy and can be done at home. If you choose to go this route, we’ll supply you with some basic maintenance intervals to follow, in addition to some parts and fluids you’ll probably need.

Maintenance Intervals (Normal Operating Conditions)

TasksMilesKilometers
Change Engine Oil/Filter5,000-10,000 miles8,000-16,000 kilometers
Change Cabin Air Filter20,000 miles32,000 kilometers
Replace Engine Air Filter30,000 miles48,000 kilometers

If you truck is used for commercial purposes, as part of a fleet, or if you tow frequently, you’ll need to follow a severe maintenance schedule that requires more frequent maintenance intervals.

Common 3.5L EcoBoost Fluids, Oil, And Filters

Part TypePart #/Affiliate Links
Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S
Engine OilMotorcraft SAE 5w-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
XO-5W30-5Q3SP
Engine Air FilterMotorcraft FA-1883
Cabin Air FilterMotorcraft FP-92
Engine CoolantMotorcraft Yellow Prediluted AntiFreeze VC-13DL-G

For more information on performing maintenance on these specific trucks, visit our Comprehensive Guide to 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance.

1st Gen 3.5L EcoBoost Vs 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost

There are numerous changes that were made to the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine to improve reliability and performance. In the following chart and bulleted list we’ll list the specific differences between these two engines.

Specs/Features1st Generation2nd Generation
Model Years2011-20162017-2022
Configuration60-Degree V6 DOHC60-Degree V6 DOHC
Displacement3.5 Liters
(213 cubic inches)
3.5 Liters (213 cubic inches)
Cylinder Bore3.64″3.64″
Cylinder Stroke3.41″3.41″
Compression Ratio10.0:1Standard Output: 10.5:1
High Output: 10.0:1
Firing Order1-4-2-5-3-61-4-2-5-3-6
Engine Block MaterialAluminumAluminum
Cylinder Head MaterialAluminumAluminum
ValvetrainDirect Acting Mechanical
Bucket with polished
buckets (DAMB)
Roller Finger Follower
Fuel SystemHigh Pressure Direct
Fuel Injection
Twin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection
Air InductionTwin Turbocharged
and Intercooled
Twin turbocharged and intercooled.
Electronic wastegates are used.
Ignition SystemCoil On PlugCoil on Plug
Horsepower365 Horsepower Standard Output (2017-2020): 375 Horsepower
Standard Output (2021+): 400 Horsepower
High Output: 450 Horsepower
Torque420 lb.-ftStandard Output (2017-2020): 470 lb.-ft
Standard Output (2021+): 500 lb.-ft
High Output: 510 lb.-ft
Transmission Used6-Speed 6R80 Automatic10-Speed 10R80 Automatic

Other 2nd Gen Improvements

  • Better Fuel Economy due to a number of mechanical improvements that make this engine more efficient, along with lighter components being used in the engine. 2nd Gen engines are also used in trucks that utilize aluminum exterior paneling.
  • Updated Fuel System and Turbocharger Systems
  • Greater Horsepower and Torque
  • Increased Tow Capacity
  • Updated lower End with lighter, more durable components.
  • Standard Auto Start-Stop

Overall, these changes help make the Second Generation more durable and desirable than the previous one.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Infographic

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Ford F-150 Changes By Model Year

2017 Ford F-150 with the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine

2017 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

In 2017, The Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged engine debuts, along with a new standard 10-speed automatic transmission that significantly improves fuel economy, power, and overall drivability. A new High-Output 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engine is also introduced on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

2018 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2018 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

In 2018, Ford F-150s with the EcoBoost engine received an updated body design featuring new grilles, bumpers, and headlights. New technologies were also added, including pre-collision assist, adaptive cruise-control, 4G LTE model for an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot, and a new B&O sound system. The 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel engine debuts, in addition to the 2nd Generation 2.7L EcoBoost engine.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited with the High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine

2019 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

In 2019, the High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine was made available on Ford F-150s in the Limited trim package.

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

2020 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2020 was the last year before a substantial exterior and interior update of the Ford F-150. Only minor changes were made for 2020 Ford F-150s. Some exterior color options were added and others removed. Driver Assist technologies were also improved.

2021 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2021 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2021 Ford F-150s received a massive overhaul resulting in a new exterior, interior, and powertrain additions and changes. The standard output 3.5L EcoBoost received improvements that resulted in new performance numbers. 2021 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine now have 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft of torque. The 3.5L PowerBoost engine was also introduced, which is a hybrid variant of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost FAQS

How much horsepower and torque do 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engines have when present in the Ford F-150?

2017-2020 Ford F-150s with the standard output engine have 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft of torque. 2021-2022 Ford F-150s with the standard output engine have 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft of torque. 2017-2022 Ford F-150 Raptors and 2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited models have 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque.

What model years did the Ford F-150 use the 2nd Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engine?

2017-2022 Ford F-150s use the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

How many quarts of oil does the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine take?

6 Quarts with Filter Change.

How much can a Ford F-150 with the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine tow?

2021-2022 Ford F-150s with the 2nd Gen EcoBoost engine can tow up to 14,000 lbs when properly equipped.

2021 Ford F-150 Limited. Picture taken from Ford Media.

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1st Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged Engine

In 2011, Ford made a dramatic change to the Ford F-150’s Powertrain. They added a new, smaller displacement V6 engine that featured twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. This engine, the 1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine, provided greater fuel economy, tow capacity, and even just overall drivability when compared to the big, bulky, naturally-aspirated v8 engines found in the same time period.

Since the 3.5L EcoBoost was added in 2011, it continues to dominate other half-ton powertrains by consistently offering the highest, or near the highest, tow capacity, fuel economy, and performance characteristics against its competitors. Today, the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine has even been modified to be a hybrid engine known as the 3.5L PowerBoost Engine. A high-output 3.5L EcoBoost engine is also present in the high-performance Ford Raptor.

While these newer 3.5L EcoBoost engine variants are very exciting, in this post, we’re going to focus on where it all started, the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost. We’re going to cover 1st Gen 3.5L EcoBoost specs, engine design, and performance information. We’ll also go into detail about the common problems associated with 1st Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engines, and how to maintain these engines to limit the amounts of problems you have.

First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged Engine
Photo taken from Ford Media. 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine

The EcoBoost Engine Meets the F-150

In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Truck manufacturers were beginning to feel the heat from EPA to produce more efficient and cleaner vehicles. Even diesel trucks were being mandated to be more efficient as we began to see the emergence of Diesel Exhaust Fluids, Diesel Particulate Filters, and EGR systems. Ford’s response was a smaller displacement V6 engine that incorporated twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. The result was a powerful, fuel efficient, and capable engine that provides diesel-like performance. This was the 1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine and it met the Ford F-150 in 2011. This first generation EcoBoost engine continued to be used in F-150 trucks until 2017, when the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine replaced it.

2011 Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine
Photo taken from Ford Media

1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Specs

Engine Years2011-2016
ApplicationsFord F-150
Configuration60-Degree V6 DOHC
Displacement3.5 Liters (213 cubic inches)
Cylinder Bore3.64″
Cylinder Stroke3.41″
Compression Ratio10.0:1
Firing Order1-4-2-5-3-6
Engine Block MaterialAluminum
Cylinder Head MaterialAluminum
ValvetrainDirect acting mechanical bucket (Polished Buckets)
Ignition SystemCoil on Plug
Fuel System
2011-2016
See Below
High Pressure Direct Fuel Injection
Air Delivery/AspirationTwin turbocharged and intercooled.
Horsepower (Standard Output)365 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
Torque420 lb.-ft @ 2,500 rpm
Recommended FuelRegular Unleaded
Engine Oil Capacity6 Quarts (5.7 Liters)
Engine Oil Type/Recommended Engine OilMotorcraft SAE 5w-30 Synthetic Blend XO-5W30-Q1SP
Recommended Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S

1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine Highlights

Ford’s First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engine features a v6 configuration and DOHC, or Dual Overhead Camshaft, design. Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) gives greater control over these dual Camshafts which improves fuel efficiency and performance. Other key engine design elements include a Direct-Acting Mechanical Bucket valve train that uses polished buckets, cast exhaust manifolds, durable manifold and cylinder heads, and pistons with optimized bowls to improve combustion efficiency.

The two greatest contributors to the EcoBoost’s impressive performance are the twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. These two features contribute to the 3.5L EcoBoost engines diesel-like performance and make it the ideal gasoline-sipping towing machine. Up to 90% of peak torque is reached at only 1,700 rpm, with peak torque being reached at only 2,500 rpm. Torque is maintained all the way up to 5,000 rpm.

2011 Ford F-150 1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Torque Curve. Photo taken from the 2011 Ford F-150 Dealer Brochure.

Twin Turbochargers & Intercooler

A key characteristic of the EcoBoost engine is a set of Twin BorgWarner K03 turbochargers. These turbochargers recycle exhaust gases through their turbines which in turn pressurizes the air that mixes with fuel in the combustion chamber. The result is greater power and performance. Even after the EcoBoost engine is turned off, the turbo’s cooling system works to eliminate coking.

Direct Fuel Injection

The First Gen EcoBoost also uses direct fuel injection, which is often utilized in Diesel truck applications. Fuel is precisely sprayed in a pattern into the chamber during intake. Here, the fuel meets pressurized air before combustion occurs. This provides clean, fuel-efficient operation.

Key Characteristics of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine:

  • Cast Exhaust Manifolds
  • Partnered with the 6-Speed 6R80 Automatic Transmission
  • Direct-Acting Mechanical Bucket valve train with polished buckets (DAMB)
  • High-Pressure direct fuel injection fed by a common rail
  • Twin Turbochargers & Charge Air Cooler (Intercooler)
  • Pistons with optimized bowls to improve efficiency during combustion
  • Twin-independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT)
  • Improved manifold & Cylinder Heads
  • Intake and exhaust camshafts optimized for improved fuel economy and performance

1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Performance

Ford F-150s with the new EcoBoost engine came off the lot boasting an impressive 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft of torque. Those were some pretty staggering numbers, especially since the EcoBoost is a small V6 engine. Only the F-150’s 6.2L V8 Engine produced greater power at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft of torque. It came at a much higher cost however, as it averaged much lower fuel economy.

Performance isn’t just about horsepower and torque though. In this section, we will look at the First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost’s towing capabilities and fuel economy too.

2015 Ford F-150 with the 1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine
2015 Ford F-150. Photo taken from Ford Media.

Tow Capacity

Model YearDrivetrainMax Conventional
Towing Capacity
20114×2
4×4
11,300 lbs
20124×2
4×4
11,300 lbs
20134×2
4×4
11,300 lbs
20144×2
4×4
11,300 lbs
20154×2
4×4
12,100 lbs
11,900 lbs
20164×2
4×4
12,200 lbs
12,000 lbs
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

Fuel Economy (MPG)

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
20114×2
4×4
16 mpg
15 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
18 mpg
17 mpg
20124×2
4×4
16 mpg
15 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
17 mpg
20134×2
4×4
16 mpg
15 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
18 mpg
17 mpg
20144×2
4×4
16 mpg
15 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
18 mpg
17 mpg
20154×2
4×4
17 mpg
17 mpg
24 mpg
23 mpg
20 mpg
19 mpg
20164×2
4×4
17 mpg
16 mpg
24 mpg
22 mpg
20 mpg
18 mpg
Tow Capacity varies depending on Cab configuration and options selected. Check your owner’s manual or other resources from Ford to determine your actual max tow capacity. The numbers listed above are the max tow capacities with the high output towing models.

Performance Upgrades

Thanks to direct fuel injection and turbocharging the 3.5L EcoBoost is one of the easiest gasoline engines to upgrade for greater performance. You can add horsepower or torque to your 1st Gen 3.5L EcoBoost relatively easily through a number of different products. We’ll list some of our favorites here.

#1 Tuning

Tuning provides the most efficient means off adding power to your First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost. 1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost tuning is available in the form of box tunes or custom tuning. Box tunes like those found in the AutoMind 2 programmer give you moderate power gains while also focusing on maintaining reliability. Custom tuning allows you to get custom made tunes that factor in all of the other modifications your vehicle has too. They provide higher gains and can be rebuilt after you’ve added other mods too.

Just keep in mind, by tuning your vehicle you may be voiding your warranty. We recommend waiting until your manufacturer warranty is expired to modify your truck.

Banks AutoMind 2 Programmer

Banks Power AutoMind 2 Programmer/Tuner

The Banks Power AutoMind 2 Programmer provides moderate gains, maintains reliability, and has an incredible amount of research and engineering behind it. Banks Power released their own Dyno results showing this tuner can increase power in your First Gen EcoBoost by up to 50 horsepower and 50 lb.-ft of torque.

Bully Dog BDX Tuner

Bully Dog’s BDX Tuner comes with preloaded tunes on the device but also offers custom tuning capabilities. The BDX/SCT platform is widely preferred amongst performance tuning companies who specialize in 3.5L EcoBoost Tuning. Tunes can be delivered over the cloud when connected to Wi-Fi, removing the need for a computer to upload tunes. This 3.5L EcoBoost Tuner also comes with data parameter monitoring capabilities.

#2 Cold Air Intakes

Cold Air Intakes are another First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost Upgrade that is relatively inexpensive but offers decent gains. They provide your engine with colder, denser air that results in greater horsepower, torque, and even fuel economy.

Banks Ram Air Intake

Banks Ram Air Intake System

Banks Power also makes a dyno-proven Cold Air Intake system known as the Banks Ram Air Intake System. It helps provide Cooler, Denser air to your engine. This is opposite of many intake systems that take in hot, power-robbing engine air that can actually negatively impact performance. This CAI system is up to 64.6% less restrictive than the stock system.

First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost S&B Cold Air Intake

S&B Cold Air Intake

The S&B Cold Air Intake also provides better performance than the stock system and makes filter maintenance easy. A clear sight glass is visible from the top, making it easy to know when it’s time for service.

#3 Intercoolers

Intercoolers are a great upgrade for First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engines. Not only do they help solve the intercooler moisture problem in these engines, but they can also provide better performance.

2011-2014 Mishimoto 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit

Mishimoto Intercooler Kit for the 2011-2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

Mishimoto’s Performance Intercooler Kit is a direct fit for 2011-2014 EcoBoost-equipped Ford F-150s. It helps solve the Condensation problem found in these trucks while also reducing Air Intake Temperatures and reducing restrictions.

Visit our 7 Best 3.5L EcoBoost Performance Upgrades post for more information on how to increase performance and torque on these specific trucks!

1st Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Problems (2011-2016 Ford F-150)

Carbon Accumulation

One of the more nominal problems found in the First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost is Carbon Accumulation. The Direct fuel injection system inserts fuel directly into the cylinder, but because no fuel is washing over the intake valves, it can lead to carbon accumulation. When carbon accumulation is bad enough it can cause poor engine performance and power loss. This issue was largely corrected in 2nd Generation EcoBoost Engines because a Twin-Port fuel system was added.

How to Fix It

While carbon accumulation will occur, every truck is different and you may not suffer from any negative performance during the ownership of your vehicle. That being said, there are methods developed by the aftermarket industry to reduce carbon accumulation. You do this by utilizing a catch can. Catch Cans route blow-by away from your intake and valves and accumulate it in a catch can. After a base line is established, you can empty the catch at certain intervals. This will help keep your intake system clean.

Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can Kit

Mishimoto’s Baffled Oil Catch Can Kit is built specifically for your truck and includes a mounting kit for DIY installation.

If you have an older EcoBoost engine and it’s too late, a professional shop can walnut blast carbon away. This should be done by a shop however, as it is important to do it right. Stay away from DIY induction system cleaners. They can which can cause more harm than good and lead to expensive repairs.

In 2nd Generation EcoBoost Engines a Twin-Port fuel system was added that corrected this issue.

PCV Hose Valve Cover Adaptor

The PCV Hose Valve Cover Adaptor is a First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost problem that occurs mainly in 2013-2015 Ford F-150s. The factory design is faulty and when this problem occurs, you will often experience blue or white smoke from the exhaust. These signs are especially visible after extended periods of idling.

How to Fix It

Simply Replace the stock PCV Hose Valve Cover Adaptor with the redesigned one. The part number is Ford HL2Z-6762-A.

Intercooler Condensation

If you don’t live in a humid environment you may never experience this problem. Intercooler condensation is a 3.5L EcoBoost problem that is experienced in 2011-2012 model year Ford F-150s. Basically, moisture may be trapped in the intercooler in humid operating conditions. Symptoms of intercooler condensation include engine misfiring, intermittent stumbling, or even trouble codes appearing. Symptoms usually occur after high engine load due to heavy towing or acceleration and extended highway driving. If you don’t live in a humid environment, you might never experience this issue in your 2011-2012 Ford F-150.

How to Fix It

This design flaw was fixed in later model F-150s due to a redesigned charge air cooler, or intercooler, being used. To fix 2011-2012 EcoBoost-powered F-150s however you can either follow Ford’s TSB and install a redesigned deflector on the bottom of the intercooler, or you can purchase a new aftermarket intercooler.

If you opt to use the OEM fix, take your truck to a dealer so they can isolate the problem to the intercooler specifically. This is explained in the TSB and should be done to make sure your truck is not suffering from other problems.

If you decide to replace your intercooler, there are several options that provide an improved design and greater durability than the OEM unit. They actually can increase performance and provide you with cooler, denser air too!

2011-2014 Ford F-150 Aftermarket Intercoolers

2011-2014 Mishimoto 3.5L EcoBoost Intercooler Kit

Mishimoto Performance Intercooler Kit

Mishimoto’s Performance Intercooler Kit fixes the Intercooler Condensation problem found in Early 3.5L EcoBoost engines while simultaneously reducing IAT temperatures and improving performance.

Calibration Problems

All new engines require tweaks and kinks to be worked out after release. The 3.5L EcoBoost is no different. Numerous calibrations were required after release to work out bugs and different engines with these engines. If you are experiencing issues with your truck a good place to start is making sure your truck is equipped with the latest software.

1st Gen Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Changes By Model Year

2011 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2011 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

In 2011, the Ford F-150 is introduced, sporting the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Engine.

2012 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2012 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

36 Gallon tank is made standard for 4×4 3.5L EcoBoost-Equipped F-150s. Drivetrain upgrades are made for upper trim levels. 4×4 models can now be flat-towed. Updates are also made to the Ford Sync system.

2013 Ford F-150 Limited

2013 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

Harley Davidson Trim is removed and the Limited Trim is added. Unlike the Harley Davidson that was exclusively available with the 6.2L V8 engine, the 2013 Ford F-150 Limited is available with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor Edition

2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

Last Year of the Ford F-150 featuring steel exterior panels and this body style. New 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor edition featuring the 3.5L EcoBoost engine is introduced.

2015 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2015 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

The 2015 Ford F-150 received an overhaul. An all new aluminum exterior was introduced, making these trucks up to 700 lbs lighter than 2014 Ford F-150s. This helps fuel economy and acceleration. A new fully-boxed frame is also introduced. Ford also introduces the 2.7L EcoBoost engine, also called “Pocket Hercules”.

2016 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

2016 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost

3.5L EcoBoost Engine was used in the Ford F-150. 2016 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine gained towing technology in the form of Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Ford’s entertainment system is upgraded to a new Ford Sync3 system. New interior and exterior styling options are also added.

1st Generation Ford F-150 Maintenance Basics

Maintaining Ford F-150s with the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engine isn’t difficult. You can easily complete most of the tasks at home. If you are the owner of a First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engine, it would be wise to stock up on some of the filters and fluids you will need to complete maintenance on your truck. Here are some of the service intervals you will need to follow, in addition to the basic parts and fluids you will need.

Maintenance Intervals (Normal Operating Conditions)

TasksMilesKilometers
Change Engine Oil/Filter5,000-10,000 miles8,000-16,000 kilometers
Change Cabin Air Filter20,000 miles32,000 kilometers
Replace Engine Air Filter30,000 miles48,000 kilometers

Common 3.5L EcoBoost Parts, Filters and Fluids

Part TypePart #/Affiliate Links
Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S
Engine OilMotorcraft SAE 5w-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
XO-5W30-5Q3SP
Engine Air FilterMotorcraft FA-1883
Cabin Air Filter
(2015-2016)
Motorcraft FP-92
Transmission Filter (6R80)Motorcraft FT-188
Transmission Inlet Filter (6R80)Motorcraft FT-138
Transmission Fluid (6R80)Motorcraft Mercon LV Automatic Transmission Fluid
XT-10-QLVC

Find out more maintenance information in our Comprehensive 3.5L EcoBoost Maintenance Guide.

1st Generation Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost FAQs

What Model Years of the F-150 use the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost?

2011-2016 Ford F-150s have the First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost Engine.

How much horsepower and torque does the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost have?

First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engines in the Ford F-150 produce 360 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft of torque.

What Fuel Economy do 2011-2016 Ford F-150s with the First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost get?

2011-2014 Ford F-150s with this engine could get as much as 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, for a combined average of 19 mpg. 2015-2016 model years with the aluminum body can get as much as 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, for a combined average of 20 mpg.

Which engine is better, the first generation 3.5L EcoBoost or the second generation 3.5L EcoBoost?

While both EcoBoost engines have been wildly successful and popular, we prefer Second Generation 3.5L EcoBoost engines due to their greater power and reliability. They worked many of the kinks and minor issues out in the Second variation of this engine.

How many quarts of oil does the First Gen 3.5L EcoBoost engine take?

6 Quarts

How much could the First Generation 3.5L EcoBoost Tow?

Up to 12,200 lbs could be towed in 2016 Ford F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine when properly equipped.

Photo taken from Ford Media.

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Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Engine Specs & Performance

Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged engine is one of the most exciting and capable half-ton trucks since it was introduced in 2011. Since 2011 however, the 3.5L EcoBoost engine has come a long way, with numerous improvements being made throughout the years to increase reliability and capabilities. In 2022, there are even three separate variations of the engine in Ford F-150 trucks. There is the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost, the 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid, and even a 3.5L EcoBoost High Output version.

In this post, we’re going to focus on the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Turbocharged Engine. We’re going to cover the differences between standard output and high output 3.5L EcoBoost engines, as well as performance specs, Fuel Economy, and other important engine information too. Let’s dive right in.

2017 Ford Raptor with the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine
Photo Taken From the Ford Media Website.

When Did the Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine Become Available?

The Ford F-150’s 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 engine was first introduced in the 2017 Ford Raptor. 2017 Ford Raptors equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Turbocharged engine produce a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque. Compared to the new 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine that debuted in the 2017 Ford F-150, that was a difference of 75 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft of torque.

After a couple years of being married to the Ford Raptor exclusively, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited was introduced to the High Output EcoBoost Engine too. Ford wanted to give its luxury customers the same performance capabilities as those seeking the Baja Race-ready Ford Raptor. 2020 Ford F-150 Limited trucks also came with the High Output EcoBoost engine.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited with the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine
2019 Ford F-150 Limited Featuring the High Output EcoBoost Engine. Picture Taken from Ford Media.

The High Output engine was discontinued in 2021 Ford F-150 trucks except for the Ford Raptor. Instead, a revised 3.5L EcoBoost Engine is found in all trims that produces 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft of torque. The 2021-2022 Ford Raptor trucks have maintained a High Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine, however we suspect a revised engine is coming with the introduction of the Ford Raptor R.

3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Engine Specs

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Years2017-2022
Applications
Ford Raptor
Ford F-150 Limited
See Below
2017-2022
2019-2020
Engine Build LocationCleveland, Ohio
Configuration60 Degree V6 DOHC
Displacement3.5 Liters (213 Cubic Inches)
Cylinder Bore3.64″
Cylinder Stroke3.41″
Compression Ratio10.0:1
Firing Order1-4-2-5-3-6
Engine Block MaterialAluminum
Cylinder Head MaterialAluminum
ValvetrainRoller Finger Follower
Ignition SystemCoil on Plug
Fuel SystemTwin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection
Air Delivery/AspirationTwin-Turbocharged and Intercooled
Horsepower450 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
Torque510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Recommended FuelPremium Unleaded
Engine Oil Capacity6 Quarts (5.7 Liters)
Engine Oil Type/Recommended OilMotorcraft SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
XO-5W30-5Q3SP (5 Quarts)
Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Tow Capacity

Ford F-150s with the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engine actually hold a larger tow capacity and payload than those equipped with the High Output engine. If you are going to be towing frequently with loaded trailer weights greater than 6,000-8,000 lbs we actually recommend going with the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Ford F-150’s 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel engine also offers excellent towing performance and fantastic fuel economy as well.

2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited Tow Capacity

Model YearDrivetrainMax Tow Capacity
(Conventional)
Max Payload
20194×2
4×4
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
1,530 lbs
1,280 lbs
20204×2
4×4
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
1,520 lbs
1,270 lbs

2017-2022 Ford Raptor Tow Capacity

Model YearCabin TypeMax Tow Capacity
(Conventional)
Max Payload
2017SuperCab
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
2018SuperCab
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
2019SuperCab
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
2020SuperCab
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
2021Crew Cab8,200 lbs1,400 lbs
2017 Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine towing a boat and trailer
2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Towing a Boat. Picture Taken From Ford Media.

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy is also lower in High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engines compared to those with the standard engine. This is especially true with the Ford Raptor. That being said, the Ford Raptor comes with 35″ or 37″ tires and an off-road performance suspension. Fuel economy is better on 2019-2020 Limited Models as they more closely resemble the regular F-150.

Ford Raptor Fuel Economy

Model YearCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
201715 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
201815 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
201915 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
202015 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
2021 (with 35″ Tires)
2021 (with 37″ Tires)
15 mpg
14 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg
2022 (with 35″ Tires)
2022 (with 37″ Tires)
15 mpg
14 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg

Ford F-150 Limited Fuel Economy

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
20194×2
4×4
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg
20204×2
4×4
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine Design Characteristics

The 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Engine contains most of the same upgrades that are found with the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost that was also introduced in 2017. However, there are some unique engine improvements made to the high output engines to increase power and maintain reliability.

Upgraded Fuel System

Instead of a solely direct fuel injection system, the High Output EcoBoost engine gains a redesigned twin-port and direct fuel injection system. Two injectors are used per cylinder, one at the intake port and the other within the cylinder. They work together and produce greater power and efficiency while simultaneously decreasing emissions. This new design also makes carbon build-up, a common 3.5L EcoBoost problem, a significantly lesser issue compared to 2011-2016 EcoBoost engines.

New Twin-Turbocharger System With Upgraded Intercooler

High Output EcoBoost engines also receive the new Borgwarner turbocharger system introduced in the 2nd Generation EcoBoost. Unlike the standard engine however, High output engines have more aggressive compressors that allow for even greater boost. The high output engine also benefits from an electronic wastegate.

In addition to the differences with the turbocharger system, at least the Ford Raptor models gain an air-charge cooling system that features dual 100-watt fans, plus a standard heavy duty trailer-tow cooling system. This trailer tow cooling system features a 23% larger core radiator and dual 700-watt brushless radiator cooling fans.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. Photo taken from Ford Media.

Weight Reduction

Another important feature that enables the quicker acceleration of both standard 3.5L EcoBoost engines and High Output engines is the lighter weight of both the engine and the trucks themselves. In 2017, Ford Redesigned the F-150, utilizing aluminum body paneling. In fact, the 2017 Raptor shed up to 500 lbs compared to 2016 models.

Durability Enhancements

The 3.5L EcoBoost High Output engine also benefits from the new materials used within the engine. Hollow Camshafts are used in the roller-finger valvetrain, removing as much as 4 pounds of weight. A new lower end structure features an upgraded crankshaft and bearings, in addition to a two-piece oil pan. A new Dual-Chain cam drive design also improves reliability and provides simplicity.

Upgraded Exhaust System

Ford Raptors and the F-150 Limited with the High Output EcoBoost both benefit from a true dual exhaust system. They also utilize cast stainless steel manifolds.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Flexing
Ford Raptor Flexing. Picture taken from Ford Media.

What is the Difference Between the Standard 3.5L EcoBoost and the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine?

Compared to the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost, High output engines in the Raptor and F-150 Limited feature more aggressive turbo compressors offering increased boost calibrations. Cast stainless steel manifolds are used, in addition to a full dual exhaust system. Ford also gave the high output EcoBoost oil-cooled pistons for increased reliability. Lastly, far more aggressive engine control calibrations were implemented to ink out as many ponies as possible.

Compared to standard output EcoBoost engines, the High Output EcoBoost spools quicker and providers greater acceleration. Horsepower and torque are greater, however, max tow capacity and payload is lesser on trucks with the High Output engine. If you need the maximum towing capacity offered by the 3.5L EcoBoost today, up to 14,000 lbs with the 2022 Ford F-150 Max Tow package, stick with the standard output engine.

Standard 3.5L EcoBoost Vs High Output 3.5L EcoBoost

SpecsStandardHigh Output
Horsepower2017-2020: 375 @ 5,000 rpm
2021+: 400 @
All Years: 450 @ 5,000 rpm
Torque2017-2020: 470 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
2021+:
All Years: 510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Fuel Economy (4WD)
(City/Highway/Combined)
2017-2020: 17/23/19
2021+: 17/23/19
Raptor (35″ Tires): 15/18/16
Raptor (37″ Tires): 14/16/15
2019-2020 Limited:17/21/19
Max Tow Capacity
(Max Tow Package)
2017: 12,200 lbs*
2018-2020: 13,200 lbs*
2021+: 14,000 lbs**
Raptor (17-20): 8,000 lbs
Raptor (2021): 8,200 lbs
2019-2020 Limited: 11,100 lbs
*2020 3.5L EcoBoost Engine with max tow package **Requires Max Tow Package.

3.5L EcoBoost High Output FAQS

What are the major differences between the standard 3.5l EcoBoost and the high output 3.5l EcoBoost engines?

High Output Engines offer 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque, which is higher than the standard output EcoBoost engine. This can be attributed to a more aggressive turbocharger design with increased boost calibrations, upgraded intercooler, oil-cooled pistons, and more aggressive engine calibrations. They also benefit from a true dual exhaust and cast stainless steel manifolds. The result of this performance is quicker spool times and ultimately faster acceleration.

How Much Horsepower Does the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Have?

450 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm

How Much Torque Does the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Have?

510 lb.-ft of Torque @ 3,500 rpm

Which Ford F-150s have the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine?

2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited
2017-2021 Ford Raptor

Learn More About the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged Engine

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