Editor's note: An earlier version of this story contained an error in the photo caption on the F-150's highway mpg figure. The correct figure is 26 mpg.
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150.
Ford touted the long-awaited mpg numbers as "the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any gasoline-powered full-size pickup sold in America" at 19 mpg city/26 highway/22 combined for the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6.
But the Ford numbers fell short of taking the overall mpg title for full-size pickups. The Ram 1500 3.0-liter EcoDiesel still holds that honor with 20 mpg city/28 highway/23 combined.
Ford's two biggest rivals said the 2015 F-150's mpg numbers leave plenty of room for competition in the hotly contested full-size pickup segment.
And Ford executives say the story of the new truck is not just about mpg. The 2015 F-150 can tow up to 1,110 pounds more and haul 530 pounds more than the outgoing F-150. The power-to-weight ratio improves by 5 to 16 percent depending upon the configuration.