What is the Ford EcoBoost Engine?

July 19th, 2018 by

Ford EcoBoost

If you’ve been in the market for a vehicle in the last 8 years, you may have heard the term EcoBoost before. We hear it all the time in commercials on TV, ads on the internet, etc., and it seems to be something sales consultants boast about at the dealership. We’re here to explain everything you need to know about this fancy feature that Ford vehicles have to offer!

EcoBoost Defined

In the simplest terms, an EcoBoost engine is a combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection that improves your fuel economy without sacrificing any engine power. Who wouldn’t want that? If you think about it, Eco (fuel economy) plus Boost (power) equals EcoBoost! This is the easiest and best way to break down the term.

How It All Began

Back in 2009, Ford unleashed a new line of engines in order to compete with other brands such as Honda’s “VTEC” engine, and at the risk of sounding cheesy, changed the world of vehicle engines forever! The EcoBoost engine was born!

Racers and automotive enthusiasts have always loved turbocharged engines, but it wasn’t until they started becoming mainstream that anyone would dream of having any kind of turbocharged engine in their truck or car. Ford had a goal in mind and that was to deliver power and torque (even in larger engines) while lowering fuel consumption at the same time.

How Does EcoBoost Work?


Ford’s EcoBoost engines are turbocharged and that means a more powerful engine. It has a device inside that forces in more air than a normal engine would receive with a combination of fuel. This is what makes the engine so powerful compared to vehicles that are not turbocharged.

The device that forces more air into the engine is a turbocharger. It’s a great alternative to getting a larger engine which would decrease your gas mileage.

Direct Fuel Injection

Direct (Fuel) injection is one way to send fuel to an engine. Think direct. It directly sends fuel to the engine instead of the typical way an engine receives fuel from the intake tract. Ford has completely eliminated this step altogether with their EcoBoost engines. It’s a less complicated process that inevitably promotes efficiency.

It delivers a fine mist of fuel directly into the combustion chamber, wasting less fuel while maximizing power.

Is the EcoBoost Engine for You?

Should you consider buying a vehicle with an Ecoboost engine? It’s definitely a great choice if you’re looking for a vehicle with lots of power that also has great fuel economy.  

It’s no wonder why the EcoBoost engine has become a popular option over the years for Ford lovers across the board. It can be found in most of the vehicles in Ford’s lineup.


If you want more information on this revolutionary engine or to try it out for yourself, give one of our Product Specialists a call!