John Gilbert Staff Editor
January 21, 2016

Right from its introduction, the Ford Raptor was never famous for good gas mileage; great looks and incredible on or off road performance, but never good gas mileage.

That’s all about to change as Ford just announced Auto Start-Stop to be standard across 100 percent of the EcoBoost-equipped 2017 Ford F-150 lineup, and that includes the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor.

The 2016 F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine comes standard with Auto Start-Stop. That offering continues for 2017, with the addition of the technology as standard equipment for all 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines, including the all-new high-output version for F-150 Raptor.

At the rate EcoBoost is growing, fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop could represent more than 60 percent of the truck lineup, giving F-150 the highest number of Ford nameplates offering standard Auto Start-Stop technology.

Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager spoke, “EcoBoost already powers F-150’s best-in-class towing, now, with every EcoBoost-equipped F-150 mildly electrified with standard Auto Start-Stop technology, customers’ fuel efficiency is expected to improve as well.”

Specially tuned for truck customers, Auto Start-Stop shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop, except when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode, to give drivers power on demand when they need it most. When the brake is released, the engine restarts quickly.

Auto Start-Stop for F-150 benefits from Ford’s hybrid electric vehicle expertise, helping ensure smooth and refined engine restarts. Actual fuel savings vary depending on driving patterns. The technology also contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions due to decreased idle times.

And of course now more than ever with Auto Stop-Start folks will have to make sure they’re using Ford’s recommended grade of oil and changing it at the proper mileage intervals.