Kennedy: New Ford F-150 with EcoBoost shines at the pump

photo The Ford F-150 equipped with an Ecoboost engine gets better gas mileage. Staff Photo

FAST FACTS• Model: Ford F-150 4x4 Supercrew• Exterior color: Platinum Metallic Tricoat• Engine: EcoBoost, 3.5-liter V-6• Horsepower: 365• Transmission: Six-speed automatic• Fuel economy: 21 mpg highway, 15 mpg city• Dealer: Marshal Mize Ford• Price (as tested): $53,080

Last fall, Ford and Shell Oil issued a challenge to see who could coax the best gas mileage out of an F-150 pickup truck equipped with the company's groundbreaking EcoBoost V-6 engine.

The winner was Carlee Mallard of Raleigh-Durham, N.C., who stretched her weeklong gas allotment to get 28.3 miles per gallon in an F-150, according to a Ford news release.

Mallard said she maximized her mileage by cruising without air conditioning and driving 55 mph on highways.