Ford and General Motors both went in on developing the new 10-speed automatic transmission, but Ford will be first to apply it to a mainstream product.
While Chevrolet has chosen to debut the 10-speed gearbox with the 2017 Camaro ZL1, Ford has mated it to the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine in the 2017 F-150, netting mpg improvements on all fronts over the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, according to Ford Authority.
Specifically, the 2017 F-150 with two-wheel drive manages to return 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21 mpg combined. The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado with its 5.3-liter L83 EcoTec3 V8 engine and two-wheel drive returns 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/19 mpg combined. A 2017 Silverado with the 4.3-liter LV3 V6 engine comes closer to the EcoBoost with 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined.
When it comes to four-wheel drive, the fuel economy advantage stifles for the F-150, but still bests the Silverado. The 2017 F-150 will return 17/23/20, while the Silverado manages 16/22/18.
Chevrolet has already stated it has plans to place the 10-speed automatic in plenty of its trucks and SUVs, but we’ll have to wait and see what kind of advantage engineers can squeeze from it.