3.0L Power Stroke Diesel

Power Stroke Diesel Added to F-150 Lineup for 2018

Ford’s 3.0L Power Stroke produces a peak 250 horsepower at 3,250 rpm and 440 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm. The new engine option has also earned an EPA certified 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, and 25 mpg combined fuel economy ratings, meeting their previously projected target. Power Stroke equipped F-150's for 2018 will be rated to haul up 2,020 lbs and tow up to 11,400 lbs.

Few would argue against the fact that Ford has its eyes set on FCA’s EcoDiesel equipped Ram 1500 – and on paper the Power Stroke equipped F-150 edges out Ram’s own ½ ton diesel. Ford’s new diesel powerplant musters out 10 horsepower and 20 lb-ft of torque more than FCA’s similarly sized EcoDiesel and, more importantly, boasts a best-in-class 30 mpg on the highway.

Then there’s the Nissan Titan XD, whom we don’t consider a huge competitor nor shareholder in the market for which the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 sell. They’re 5.0L Cummins V-8 makes consider power and torque, however their fuel economy is comparatively inferior and the platform itself is stuck in limbo; a truck that weighs as much as an F-350, tows less than an F-150, and whose sales make up only a fraction of the segment. While the Titan XD was an intriguing concept, it has done little to disrupt the brand loyalty of domestic truck buyers.

But let’s not forget the GM twins, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon; a sophisticated diesel powertrain in an attractive, midsize package. In fact, the Canyon and Colorado merge into the ½ ton segment with impressive towing capability while maintaining an EPA rated 30 mpg for 2018. While the 4 cylinder Duramax diesel doesn't create near the horsepower and torque as engine’s in the ½ ton segment, the platform has been a huge success and one could argue that is has turned a significant amount of fullsize buyers into midsize pickup owners. Back to fuel economy, the fullsize F-150 matches midsize Canyon and Colorado models.

Ford Motor Company may be on par to hit a home run with their new, highly efficient diesel powertrain option. The 3.0L Power Stroke is based on the company's Lion diesel engine platform, thus one could assume that the engine's reliability has been previously proven through many years of use in applications than include Land Rover SUVs. The engine will be backed by the 10R80 10 speed automatic transmission, which was co-developed by General Motors. GM is scheduled to shake up the 1/2 ton segment with its on 3.0L diesel I-6 for the 2019 model year.

Ford 3.0L Power Stroke F-150 Specs


3.0L Power Stroke Diesel, 60° V-6


2018 Ford F-150


183 CID (2.99 liters)

Engine Block Material:

Compacted graphite iron (CGI)

Cylinder Head Material:

Cast aluminum alloy

Cylinder Bore:

3.307 in

Cylinder Stroke:

3.543 in

Compression Ratio:

16.0 : 1


Turbocharged and intercooled - single variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)


4 valves per cylinder, dual overhead camshafts (DOHC)

Fuel System:

High pressure common rail, direct injection

Engine Oil Capacity:

7.4 U.S. quarts w/ filter change

Peak Horsepower:

250 horsepower @ 3,250 RPM

Peak Torque:

440 lb-ft @ 1,750 RPM

Fuel Economy:

30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, 25 mpg combined


Ford 10R80 10 speed automatic transmission (co-developed with General Motors)

Max Payload:

2,020 lbs (properly equipped models)

Max Towing:

11,400 lbs (properly equipped models)

3.0L Power Stroke Diesel Horsepower and Torque Graph

3.0L Power Stroke horsepower and torque graph

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel Horsepower and Torque