Torque vs Horsepower

2017 Ford F-150 towing hay bales

How does torque affect towing capacity? 

Trying to figure out what vehicle you need can be very confusing, especially if you don’t know what most of the terms mean. For example, if you’re looking at purchasing a new truck, two of the most important terms are horsepower and torque. While the numbers themselves are often impressive, if you don’t know the difference between torque and horsepower, you may find yourself with the wrong vehicle.  

Many people who are buying a truck or other large vehicle for the first time might just look at the horsepower since it’s a constant buzzword in auto commercials. Horsepower is important to look at when you’re thinking about getting a new vehicle since it is the power that helps your vehicle move quickly. The higher the horsepower, the vehicle will likely be faster. Trucks often have high horsepower, but so do sports cars like the 2017 Ford Mustang 

Related: Ford Reveals 2018 F-150 engine performance

Towing capacity in 2017 Ford F-150 

2017 Ford F-150 towing a skid steer

If you’re looking for a vehicle with high towing capacity, you should first look at the torque. Measured in pounds per foot, torque is the numerical categorization of how well your vehicle will move from a stop. Trucks with high torque ratings are often able to tow more. While horsepower operates in higher RPMs, torque normally works with lower RPM, which gives you more control.  

In the 2017 Ford F-150 XL with the standard 2.7L EcoBoost® V6, your vehicle will average 375 pound-foot of torque at 3000 rpm and 325 horsepower at 5750 rpm.  The towing capacity of the standard engine is 7,600 pounds. The maximum towing capacity of the 2017 Ford F-150 XL is 12,200 pounds when equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine, which provides 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 3500 rpm and 375 horsepower at 500 rpm. You can learn more about the 2017 Ford F-150 and the other trucks in our inventory by contacting Sanders Ford 

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