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Ford 3.0 Liter Power Stroke Turbodiesel V-6

3.0-Liter Power Stroke Turbodiesel V-6

Posted at Wed, Jul 27, 2022 1:15 PM

When choosing a Ford, the engine is a significant consideration for some, as it ultimately determines how fast your vehicle can go and what it can do. A 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-6 engine is one of the best possible engine options for the F-150. It may appeal to you if you prefer something with fuel efficiency rather than just raw power. Here's all you need to know about Ford's famed 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-6 engine. 

Which Models Offer the 3.0-Liter Power Stroke Turbodiesel V-6?

The 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-6 became an option on the Ford F-150, beginning with the 2018 model year. This engine can churn out an impressive 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, making it a powerful option for diesel fans who still want something with a lot of capabilities but don't need the raw power of the larger 6.7-liter engine, the F-250 and F-350 models offer. In addition, the F-150 can tow an impressive 11,400 pounds, with a payload capacity of 1,940 pounds.

Its powerful engine makes hauling smaller trailers and campers, camping gear, and equipment for more demanding jobs a breeze. The F-150 also offers a range of additional engine options to choose from. These include a base 3.3-liter V-6 that can produce 290 horsepower and 265 lb-foot of torque, a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 that generates a total of 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that can generate 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

It also offers a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that can produce 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8 can produce 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Although the Power Stroke can supply torque at a lower rpm, each engine has advantages, such as allowing the F-150 to tow heftier loads. Similar to Ford's Power Stroke V-8 engine, the Power Stroke V-6 saves on weight with Ford's use of a compacted graphite iron engine block used in the manufacturing process. It also uses cast aluminum alloy cylinder heads to enjoy additional weight savings.

What Makes the 3.0-Liter Power Stroke Turbodiesel V-6 Unique?

With a balance of reliability, fuel economy, and durability, Ford's Power Stroke engine gives the F-150's older engines a run for their money. If you're planning to buy an F-150 for work purposes, the added torque might be just what you need to get the job done. Here are a few of the most significant benefits that help this engine genuinely stand out:

Fuel Economy 

The Power Stroke engine offers an EPA fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon (mpg) for highways and 22 mpg for cities. The F-150 also boasts an average of 25 mpg when using rear-wheel drive, making it one of the most efficient pickup trucks in the class. While the four-wheel-drive version only offers 25 mpg for highways and 20 mpg for city roads with a combined rating of 22 mpg, it still stands out for being highly fuel-efficient compared to most other full-size pickup trucks. 


Although the Power Stroke isn't the most powerful engine Ford offers on the F-150, it can produce plenty of power to haul heavier loads regularly and get up to speed quickly on busy highways. Its impressive torque makes up for the horsepower it lacks, and a 10-speed automatic engine works to enhance its fuel efficiency further. 


If you prefer an engine that makes minimal noise, the Power Stroke might be what you're looking for. It offers a quiet driving experience with slight vibration or extra noise at startup. Far more peaceful than a heftier pickup, the V-6 can help enhance overall drivability and make it easier to concentrate during longer hauls. Additionally, the Power Stoke makes less noise at higher speeds. 


Although Ford didn't design this engine for hauling particularly heavy loads, drivers can still tow items such as small trailers. Its towing capacity can come in handy when going on a long trip or completing work that requires a little added power. Ford also offers several useful towing features on newer models that make the experience much more straightforward, like a rearview camera and trailer backup assist. 

3.0-Liter Power Stroke Turbodiesel V-6 Features 

An engine's operating characteristics, reliability, durability, and emissions profile are essential when choosing a motor. Here are the most important factors to think about when considering the V-6: 


This turbodiesel engine has a high-pressure standard rail fuel injection system and two turbochargers to compete with the 3-liter eco-diesel V-6 engine, giving it an advantage in output with a weight-saving approach that helps keep the engine's total weight under 500 pounds. So while its production of 250 horsepower isn't the most Ford can offer, its 440 lb-ft of torque allows it to transport heavy loads much more efficiently. 


The V-6's 10-speed automatic engine ensures that the F-150 can maximize fuel efficiency with the V-6 engine. This engine enables the truck to accelerate quickly, whether you're about to get on a busy highway or you're about to get off a bumpy road. 


The V-6 is a highly reliable engine, despite only having three years of life. While turbodiesel engines may require additional maintenance, they're great for lowering emissions and enhancing performance by increasing horsepower. They also offer more towing capabilities than regular diesel and gasoline engines typically do. 


The Power Stroke has a modern exhaust after-treatment system that includes diesel exhaust fluid, high-pressure cooled exhaust gas recirculation, a diesel particulate filter, and selective catalytic reduction to comply with emissions regulations. As a result, it's able to minimize emissions while optimizing performance. 

Ford's Power Stroke 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine is a powerful option for those who want an engine that offers drivers improved performance and fuel economy. Our team at Planet Ford Dallas hopes this guide has convinced you that the V-6 is a great engine option. If you'd like to discover more about the F-150 and the engines that power it or any other vehicles we have, visit our showroom in person or check out our new Ford inventory. We invite you to reach out today if you have any questions.

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