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Old 03-18-2017, 06:58 PM   #1
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Anyone have a GMC half ton with the 6.2L??? I'm curious of the pulling power and actual milage.
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Father in law had one with 6" lift and 35's and averaged 14-15 mpg with 3:73 rear end. I drove it quite a bit, was a really nice truck
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I really like mine. Plenty of power for several heavy loads I have hauled.

I guess I haven't really checked the mileage. lol
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I have 2014 in the High Country model with the 6.2. It has just over 80k miles with a lifetime fuel economy of 15.5 city/highway. It will absolutely fly and pull like a D8. I wouldn't have anything else now.
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I have 2014 in the High Country model with the 6.2. It has just over 80k miles with a lifetime fuel economy of 15.5 city/highway. It will absolutely fly and pull like a D8. I wouldn't have anything else now.

That's what I'm looking for. I currently have a 12 f250 with the 6.2 but don't really need a truck that big. That's why I'm looking at possibly getting a GMC with the 6.2. Power when I pull my trailer (25-30 times a year) and better fuel mileage for everyday windshield time.
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That's what I'm looking for. I currently have a 12 f250 with the 6.2 but don't really need a truck that big. That's why I'm looking at possibly getting a GMC with the 6.2. Power when I pull my trailer (25-30 times a year) and better fuel mileage for everyday windshield time.
I got out of an f250 and the ride is awesome in the 1/2 ton.
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I got out of an f250 and the ride is awesome in the 1/2 ton.
I do miss the ride of my F150 but it was a toad once you hooked a trailer to it!!! Need something with a little more umphhh than what Ford offers in a half ton.
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Anyone have a GMC half ton with the 6.2L??? I'm curious of the pulling power and actual milage.
3.5 ecoboost tows better. Probably not noticeable much.

The 3.5 eco and 6.2 are best half ton engines IMO. I faced the same dilemma as you and chose the Ford because I liked the interior more and I hunt and tow trailers out west and wanted the altitude advantages of a turbo.

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3.5 ecoboost tows better. Probably not noticeable much.

The 3.5 eco and 6.2 are best half ton engines IMO. I faced the same dilemma as you and chose the Ford because I liked the interior more and I hunt and tow trailers out west and wanted the altitude advantages of a turbo.

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I had two ecoboosts and neither towed better than the 6.2 does for me. Not even close.
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I had two ecoboosts and neither towed better than the 6.2 does for me. Not even close.
Not even close? Glad you like your truck.

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Old 03-18-2017, 09:09 PM   #11
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I wouldn't say it was close honestly. Taking off the eco may have some advantage at really low RPM but at highway speeds passing and pulling the 6.2 has been better for me. I also have a lot of work ecoboosts so I am not bashing them in any way they are a good motor.
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I wouldn't say it was close honestly. Taking off the eco may have some advantage at really low RPM but at highway speeds passing and pulling the 6.2 has been better for me. I also have a lot of work ecoboosts so I am not bashing them in any way they are a good motor.


Not even close? Ok. TFL truck disagrees with you.

The 5.0 Ford runs almost neck and neck with the 6.2 so the ecoboost should spank it soundly, especially is 0-60 times are any indication.








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You are supposed to run premium fuel in your 6.2 but other than that I love my '17 GMC All Terrain with the 6.2.
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You are supposed to run premium fuel in your 6.2 but other than that I love my '17 GMC All Terrain with the 6.2.
I've never ran anything but regular unlead in mine.
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I've never ran anything but regular unlead in mine.


Yeah...no idea where the premium idea comes from. 80k miles and mine has never seen the first drop of premium.
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Yeah...no idea where the premium idea comes from. 80k miles and mine has never seen the first drop of premium.
The sticker inside the fuel door on my '17 clearly says premium fuel.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:50 AM   #17
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Yeah...no idea where the premium idea comes from. 80k miles and mine has never seen the first drop of premium.
It's in the manual, but I didn't see it until I had around 50k miles on mine running regular but now I add premium some of the times.

To the OP it will pull anything you want to but just remember it's still has a 1/2 ton suspension so the 15,000 rating maybe a little sketchy. I pulled a 10k TT from Burnet to Baytown and on to Pineland with out any issues. I could only tell it was there if I got some cross wind but as far as the power it pulled almost as good as diesel.
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I have a '12 6.2. It will pull a house but I get about 11-13 empty. Less than 10mpg w a load. To be fair I drive it like it's on fire.
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:53 PM   #19
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I just sold a 2010 Chevy with the 6.2. It averaged 14.5 mpg and had 150k on the odometer without a lick of trouble. I'd be willing to bet the highly stressed EcoBoost engines won't prove as durable in the long run.
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I have the 6.2 in a 2015 f250. It has plenty of power. It's a great motor. But I'm only getting about 10.8 to 11.5 mpg. I do drive it pretty heard though
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Have 2014 6.2 max tow 4x4. It's a great truck, with lots of power. All I pull is a 21' bass boat, probably 4500lbs, and pulls it like a champ while still getting 12.5-13 mpg at 70mph. As much as I hate to say it, the ecoboost is a beast, but I hate the way they sound (V-6) and refuse to buy one.

I'm seriously considering a supercharger and long tube headers for mine..... I want more power and will be far cheaper than me buying a diesel....
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One other thing to consider the weight being towed and stopping power. I have buddy with an offshore boat, in the 10 k range. He pulls it with a Tundra, I pull with f250 gasser. I can pull just as good if not better, but stopping is mine. That said, my father 5.0 half ton only beats my F-250 on hwy an thats if if we set the trip meters at same time. Otherwise we are **** close on monthly average, same with my brother 1/2 ton gas Dodge. I think they are pretty close to the same. Pick your poison and weight your going to pull and go with it. I like 4x4's with straight front axles, so its Dodge or Ford for me in the 3./4 ton market.
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I got to drive an eco boost for the first time a couple months ago, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. But when it comes to towing very much, I can't imagine it would be in the same class as any modern big V8.

I'm also curious if anyone has any real world data on the eco boost as far as long term under heavy work loads?


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I got to drive an eco boost for the first time a couple months ago, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. But when it comes to towing very much, I can't imagine it would be in the same class as any modern big V8.

I'm also curious if anyone has any real world data on the eco boost as far as long term under heavy work loads?


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My buddy just ejected a piston on a ecoboost pulling a bay boat back to San Antonio , ford had it for 6 weeks, he now has two truck payments with his new tundra. That being said V-8 is my choice
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My wife's 2013 Yukon has the 6.2. It's a great engine for sure. Pulls way better than the '06 5.4L I used to have. It averages around 15mpg without a load. I was so impressed with this engine that it was a tough decision when I was looking at new trucks. But the 6.7L won.
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I got to drive an eco boost for the first time a couple months ago, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. But when it comes to towing very much, I can't imagine it would be in the same class as any modern big V8.

I'm also curious if anyone has any real world data on the eco boost as far as long term under heavy work loads?


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Ours is a 2017 GMC SLT 6.2l. 3.23 gears. The 8 speed tranny makes up for the highway gearing.

Empty, we average around 17 mpg mixed. I towed the camper shown from Cleburne to Brackettville. It's about 6k lbs and the flat front makes it a sail. We got 8.3 mpg on the drive home (65 mph).

Having towed quite a bit with both engines, I'll say the the 6.2l (GM) pulls with more authority and gets better fuel economy than the ecoboost. Empty and loaded.

GM recommends 91 octane or higher for the 6.2l. Ford recommends the same for the ecoboost only when towing. They're both great power plants, I'm just partial to GM trucks and I greatly prefer a V8 to a V6 (regardless of aspiration method).


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There's no replacement for displacement.


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I hear that argument a lot and it's true. A 6.2L turbo engine will outperform a 3.5 all other factors being even. Turbocharged 3.5 as delivered from the factory vs 6.2 delivered from the factory the 3.5 makes more power and makes it lower in the rpm band.

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I hear that argument a lot and it's true. A 6.2L turbo engine will outperform a 3.5 all other factors being even. Turbocharged 3.5 as delivered from the factory vs 6.2 delivered from the factory the 3.5 makes more power and makes it lower in the rpm band.

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And the 3.5 still won't pull like the 6.2, and it won't last as long...I don't care what the charts and tables and papers say.

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And the 3.5 still won't pull like the 6.2, and it won't last as long...I don't care what the charts and tables and papers say.

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Yes!!

Wife has a 6.2 high Country with 3.73. I've added after market exhaust and rear air Springs. It runs like a scalded ape and tows my 21 foot center console well. I like it and I'm coming from 15 years of 3/4 ton 4x4 diesels.

2 years ago we took the eco boost to Colorado. It was hooked to a 20 foot trailer with 2 Ranger 700s.

It didn't pull for crap, drank gas and rpms stayed at 2500+. Owner traded it on a power stroke 3 weeks after return.

Imo good truck for hauling groceries.
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Yes!!

Wife has a 6.2 high Country with 3.73. I've added after market exhaust and rear air Springs. It runs like a scalded ape and tows my 21 foot center console well. I like it and I'm coming from 15 years of 3/4 ton 4x4 diesels.

2 years ago we took the eco boost to Colorado. It was hooked to a 20 foot trailer with 2 Ranger 700s.

It didn't pull for crap, drank gas and rpms stayed at 2500+. Owner traded it on a power stroke 3 weeks after return.

Imo good truck for hauling groceries.


Heck 2500+ rpms is great! The 6.2L has to stay between 3500-4500 rpms.

https://youtu.be/bpnbyhp9Gck

You can hate a Ford and the Ecoboost all you want but to say they won't pull is just not true.


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Heck 2500+ rpms is great! The 6.2L has to stay between 3500-4500 rpms.

https://youtu.be/bpnbyhp9Gck

You can hate a Ford and the Ecoboost all you want but to say they won't pull is just not true.


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Everyone got an opinion. Mine is based on the fact that I drove and rode in one. Not watch a video. Not my cousins brother barber story either

It sucked in every aspect of pulling.
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Everyone got an opinion. Mine is based on the fact that I drove and rode in one. Not watch a video. Not my cousins brother barber story either

It sucked in every aspect of pulling.


Then he had a lemon.

There's too many stats out there showing that they will tow.


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Everyone got an opinion. Mine is based on the fact that I drove and rode in one. Not watch a video. Not my cousins brother barber story either

It sucked in every aspect of pulling.
That's is your opinion. Much different than a fact. I live the way mine tows.

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Heck 2500+ rpms is great! The 6.2L has to stay between 3500-4500 rpms.

https://youtu.be/bpnbyhp9Gck

You can hate a Ford and the Ecoboost all you want but to say they won't pull is just not true.


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I don't think anyone said they wont pull. I just said that after personally owning a couple and having around 20 right now as work trucks that I don't think they will pull as good as my 6.2 up and down the highway. I don't have any fuel economy numbers as I haven't ever kept up with that. I don't purchase pickups for fuel economy I haven't seen any that were so much better than other comparable pickups that it made a difference.
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I have a 2010 6.2 and it has pulled great. I only have 58,000 miles on it but it's been a good truck for what I've used it for.
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How about we get more specific...

Can someone explain how the ecoboost stacks up IRL, not on paper, when towing say... a 6500lb travel trailer? I just don't see how it can possibly compete...
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Perfect... the ecoboost stays crossed off my list...
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Gear ratio has just as much to do with towing ability than displacement.....
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Gear ratio has just as much to do with towing ability than displacement.....


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don't count out a 3/4 ton ram with 6.4. I have 34 inch tired on mine and still get 16 MPG highway and 14 in town.
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BTW I don't own an Ecoboost. But they were on the top of my list along with the 6.2/8speed Chevy so I did tons of research at the time. I consider myself pretty well educated on the difference between the two. Not just shooting off at the mouth.

There was so little difference in performance between the two that I had decided to get the Chevy because of the sound of the V8 vs the EB V6.

But then I bought a 12k# 5th wheel camper and I bought a Ram 2500 Cummins instead.


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There is no way that little 6 cylinder will stay together in the long run, and when it breaks it will be epic.


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Tell that to people with 200k plus on them. I'm sure it will surprise them.

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Tell that to people with 200k plus on them. I'm sure it will surprise them.

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I haven't found one yet who did more than pull a ranger or a super heavy load of stuff from Target twice a week.

I've heard of 3 catastrophic engine failures, and a bunch of "condensation issues" or some such...


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I haven't found one yet who did more than pull a ranger or a super heavy load of stuff from Target twice a week.

I've heard of 3 catastrophic engine failures, and a bunch of "condensation issues" or some such...


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There is no way that little 6 cylinder will stay together in the long run, and when it breaks it will be epic.


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Possibly. But there are plenty of turbo charged engines that have been around for a long time.

Turbos ain't new technology.

Remember the power the mid 90s turbo Supras were capable of making?


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Possibly. But there are plenty of turbo charged engines that have been around for a long time.

Turbos ain't new technology.

Remember the power the mid 90s turbo Supras were capable of making?


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I do, and I did some really ridiculous stuff in some girls Eclipse turbo. I had a good friend with a Buick grand national too, but none were asked to pull twice their weight very often.

I think this "small motor on turbo" thing has a future, but they haven't figured it out yet. And I don't care how much boost you stuff in a 3.5 liter V6, it just won't perform like a big V8.....YET!

Honestly I think this is going to wind up at a smaller V8, with a mild boost...but that hasn't been proven to last yet either.


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