The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor Is The EcoBoost Sport Truck Of Your Dreams


ford-f-150-tremor-2I was invited to Dearborn, Michigan on Ford’s dime to drive the 2014 Ford Fiesta and the 2014 Fusion Energi, but we’re already off topic. We are here to talk about trucks!  While I was in Dearborn, Ford presented us with the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor, an EcoBoost, performance-centric pickup that is everything right-and-wrong about the auto industry..  This is a truck that takes me back…

While I was in college and in my early twenties I drove a 1997 GMC Sierra short bed pickup.  It wasn’t crazy powerful, but it was a lot of fun.  The only reason I traded it in was because I was entering a time in my life where I had acquired more money than I’d ever had before and buying a new vehicle made total sense.  Sidenote: It didn’t make any sense, but you have to make mistakes to learn from them…

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor This 2014 F-150 Tremor reminds me of what my truck could have become.  The Tremor is the natural evolution of a short bed pickup, powered by a 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 offering 365 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs of torque, all of it available from 1,700 RPMs. The Tremor is derived from the FX4 models.  Instead of a SuperCab or Super Crew Cab, the Tremor will be a regular cab with a short bed, to cut down on weight, the enemy of performance and fuel economy.  Somehow Ford managed to achieve 22 mpg on the highway despite that crazy amount of horsepower.  My ’97 made 200 horsepower and 244 ft-lbs. of torque, and got MAYBE 17 mpg on the highway, downhill, with a tailwind.

The Ford F-150 Tremor is also going to come with an electronic locking launch-optimized rear axle to aid in traction during takeoff, and it will need all the help it can get. I’ve driven the twin turbo V6 for a couple weeks in a Super Crew XLT F-150.  This engine makes even full size pickups feel light.  The torque is so readily available that the truck always feels like it’s ready to go. So imagine what it will be able to do in a lighter, shorter truck.

The target audience is teenage boys and guys still in their lower 20’s people with no need for a practical pickup and would rather burn rubber than haul wood.  The FX2 Tremor will come as either a two or four-wheel drive truck, though anyone looking for the most fun will stick with two-wheels only. Can’t imagine launching a this truck in four-wheel drive is good for the truck!

There’s a lot to like about the Tremor.  As a dad though, I’m out.  I need that back seat for the child safety seats. I guess I’ll just have to settle for the Ford SVT Raptor instead, though that truck gets just 11 mpg in the city and 16 on the highway. Compared to that, the Tremor seems downright fuel efficient.

Now if only we could get a new Ford Ranger with a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine, then everything would be right in the world.

About the Author

After surviving the mine field that is middle school for close to a decade (teaching), I took the advice I’ve given students for years; to follow a passion. I started my own independent auto review blog in April 2011. While working a variety of jobs (5 W-2’s last year), I have come to find that I truly love cars and everything about them. I'll drive anything with four or more wheels: economy hatchbacks, supercars, & hopefully someday a rally car! Maybe a Lancia Stratos, but I'd take a Ford Fiesta R2 as well. Other than cars, my interests include Science Fiction, TV (I don’t have cable.), music that most people haven’t heard of (I’m not a hipster), and I’m a huge fan of stand-up comedy. Sometimes my sarcasm will get in the way of the actual point that I am trying to make. It’s like a disease and I can’t stop. Can you be addicted to sarcasm? Was that sarcastic? I live in suburban Kansas City with a wonderful woman who puts up with me starting my own auto review site, two active boys (4 yrs. & 18 mths.), and one neurotic Labrador-mutt (7yrs.), who hates the rain.
  • Jason Carpp

    Forget EcoBoost. Get me a diesel engine.

    • AcemanX AcemanX

      ecoboost owns diesel

      • Jason Carpp

        Do they?

        • AcemanX AcemanX

          Sure, well it all depends on what you’re using your truck for, if you’re towing more than 11k pounds then maybe you’re better off in a Diesel SuperDuty F-250 or something, because they don’t even make a diesel f-150, and forget about MPG on a diesel, they don’t even display the ratings on the sticker, you’re lucky to get 15 lol. If you care about better MPG and you’re not towing a yacht, you’re better off with the Ecoboost V6 than the v8 TurboDiesel. The whole point of ecoboost, which is 2 technologies working hand in hand, a turbo (exhaust pumped back into the engine) and direct injection (more controlled and direct injection of gasoline directly into the combustion chamber, rather than mixing with air prior to entering) is to have the power of a V8 engine, but with the economy of a V6. Granted the TurboDiesel has frickin 800 foot pounds of torque but the F-250/350/450 are generally heavier vehicles and reallty designed to tow. If you can get into a FX2 with the Luxury Package (leather and A/C seats), MyFord Touch (8″ screen with 10k voice commans like climate control) and Ecoboost, it’s the sickest truck.

          • Jason Carpp

            Why doesn’t Ford offer the F150 with a diesel engine? Why should we have to buy an F250 or F350 just to enjoy the benefits of diesel?

          • AcemanX AcemanX

            Well my friend the days of Diesel in non-work specific trucks are dwindling, I mean think about it, it’s not as MPG efficient, it costs more to buy, and the new kind of Diesel, even though they are cleaner than previous generations, manufacturing a gallon of the new, low-sulfur diesel requires even more crude oil than the old diesel. Also, diesel engines are more complicated than gas engines and thus require more energy and materials to manufacture. Sure some normal lighter cars are using Diesel like VW and getting good mileage but it’s trucks we are talking about here. In all honesty I don’t know why they don’t offer it, I don’t work for Ford I just sell them.

          • Jason Carpp

            That’s crazy. If I were in the market to buy a small truck and I wanted mine with a turbo diesel engine, where should I go?

          • AcemanX AcemanX

            who knows Jason, wish I could be more helpful but Im a Ford New Car Salesman, and I know my product, if I recommended something else I’d get hanged plus I don’t know alot about the competition… besides Ford’s been running the truck game for the last 36 Years…

          • jeffhre

            Ford has been running the truck game for the past two years. GMC + Silverado sold more for the years previous.

          • Jo Borras

            The same place you’d go at any time in the last 30 or so years: nowhere, because light trucks with diesels haven’t existed since the 1985 Ranger, and no one bought that.

          • Jason Carpp

            That is so wrong. People should be given a choice of engines to fit the needs of the buyer. If they need a durable engine that’ll get whatever job someone needs done, while also getting better fuel economy, they should be allowed to buy a truck with a smaller diesel engine. I don’t believe that “no one” bought the 1985 Ranger Diesel. I believe what happened was that not enough people bought the truck for Ford to continue offering the diesel in the truck. I might’ve bought the truck myself had I been old enough to drive at the time.

          • Jo Borras

            The best thing you can do to promote diesels in the US to go to a car dealership and buy a new one. Buying a used one does nothing for the manufacturer.

          • Kyle

            Dodge will be putting a 3.0L diesel in the 1500 series Ram for 2014

          • Jason Carpp

            I’m glad to hear that. I hope Dodge advertises this. If Dodge wants people to buy their truck, they’ll need to remind people that they have engine choices if they need them.

  • Ben Smith

    it comes in 4 wheel drive as well! Check your facts

    • Christopher DeMorro

      @ Ben Smith

      You are correct. Noted and edited.

      P.S. as editor I take the blame, I changed the draft as I thought it was 2wd only.

  • J_JamesM

    It still amazes me that Ford saw fit to put a ecoboost four-pot in their colossal land-ship, the Explorer. But hey, in a Ranger, that could actually be something really desireable.

    • AcemanX AcemanX

      Have you driven a Explorer Sport? It is ridiculously fast…the only one that comes with this V6 Twin Turbo engine, the other trims come with what you call ecoboost four-pot? you mean the 4 cyl ? again theres 3 different litter versions of ecoboost, theres 2 versions of the 4 banger single turbo, 1.6L and 2.0L, which you can find in the Focus ST (2.0L), Fiesta ST (2014, 1.6L), Fusion (1.6L & 2.0L), Escape (1.6L & 2.0L), Edge (2.0L) and then theres the third one which is a V6, the V6 Twin Turbo 3.5L thats in the F-150, Taurus SHO AWD, Explorer Sport (Only), and yes believe it or not they put it in the Flex. 365 Horses in a family vehicle woooot.

    • Jo Borras

      Considering I’ve seen similar 2.0L turbo 4s make close to 1000 hp when tuned, I’ll just assume you mean it amazes you that Ford put a solid engine in a land ship rather than the junk V8s that the Big 3 have been peddling for decades.

  • Jo Borras

    Sport truck of my dreams? Sorry, buddy – 1992 called and said it still owns my dreams.

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  • Bigmike

    my 2010 F-150 4×2 has a 5.4 liter engine and with no ethanol gas averaged 22.3 mpg on a trip from Jackson, MS to College Station TX. On the trip back used regular gas with ethanol and got 20 mpg. I dont see the advantage to a v6???

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