Stop-start technology is an easy way to gain a bit of fuel economy. Shutting off the car while it idles helps reduce emissions, as well. Ford, recognizing this benefit, is extending its stop-start tech to everypickup starting in the 2017 model year.
The feature is already standard equipment on the 2016 F-150 with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, but for the next model year, it will grow to include all trucks with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, as well, including the off-road-ready.
If you're unfamiliar with the system, it's relatively simple. When the vehicle comes to a stop, the engine shuts off. When you're ready to go, moving your foot off the brake brings the engine back to life. Ford will tweak its stop-start for all its trucks, ensuring that the engine stays on when the vehicle is either towing or in four-wheel-drive mode.
Ford offers stop-start on a wide variety of EcoBoost-powered vehicles, from the diminutive 1.0-liter Focus engine, all the way up to the aforementioned 3.5-liter six-pot. Given the take rate for F-150s with EcoBoost engines, this new addition could cover roughly 60 percent of Ford's truck sales.