I’ve got a 2011 F-150 Ecoboost which I bought new. It’s the Lariat 4x4 version which gives melots of chrome, double cabin, back-up camera, back-up sensors, folding mirrors,heated and cooled seats, power rear window and all the other goodies.
Pros – awesome engine. I never could have believed a 3.5L V6 could be so powerful. I installed an after-market cold air intakeby ASE for $360 which kicks HP up to 395 and torque up to 470. Absolutely nuts and it doesn’t void the warranty. In Colorado where I live, I go into themountains a lot and the turbos make mountain highway driving insanelyeasy. It kills every other full-sizetruck going uphill. Towing – over 11,000lbs. Acceleration – low 6 sec to60. Comfortable, good looking, lots ofvisibility and an average of 18.8 mpg combined.
Cons – too big! With thebackup camera parking is a breeze but the truck just feels massive. Braking – feel is a bit weak and I’ve had itin the shop last year to fix a vacuum boost sensor. Price - $47k in 2011...close to $50k today. Resale – KBB lists it around $34k...13K difference. Turbo lag…there is no such thing as a smoothpush on the accelerator. It’s eitherfull on which snaps your head back, or just waiting to kick in.
Ultimately, I love the F150, but I bit off much more than Ireally needed in a truck. I like the Tacomabut it seems a bit dated and lacking in some of the goodies…but then it costs$16k less today. What I’m mostly concernedwith is the difference in power. Goingfrom 395 to 240 is a huge drop but I’d like to hear from Tacoma owners theiropinion. Do you frequently wish for morejuice? Does it have the get-up-and-gothat puts a grin on your face? What’sthe average RPM at 60 MPH with the 6 speed automatic? What’s the cost of the TRD supercharger andis the price worth the extra power? What about mountain driving? Any changes in engines in the very near future? Thanks and I appreciate the feedback!