When it comes to cars, there’s a whole language that tends to go right over the heads of most people. But some of this stuff can be really important, and given the chance, we think there might be some things you’d like to know more about. Like the “EcoBoost” engines you’ve probably heard about.

These engines are options on many 2013 Ford models (including the Focus, Taurus, Flex, and Edge) and they’ve been at home in the Edge, Flex and F-150 for a few years now. And yeah, it might have a cool name, but what exactly is EcoBoost?

You’ve heard the term “getting more for less,” and that, in a nutshell, is the way the new EcoBoost engines work. Our team of super-genius engineers has figured out a way to get more power and more fuel-efficiency out of a smaller engine.

Now you’d think that the more powerful the engine, the less fuel efficient it is – and in most cases you would be right – except if you’re talking about EcoBoost!

In technical terms, EcoBoost is a turbocharged, direct-injection gasoline engine with variable camshaft timing. Turbocharging and direct-injection produce a cooler, denser charge that burns more efficiently and cleaner than you’d find in a typical engine.

The other advantage of the EcoBoost engine is the versatility it can provide. Like the 3.5L EcoBoost you’ll find in an F-150. This engine has been specifically tuned to provide you with the raw power you’d expect from a V8 engine in an efficient 6-cylinder package. Drop the hammer and you’ll get more torque right off the bat, without any lag.

On the other side of the coin is the 2.0L EcoBoost. Making its debut in the 2013 Explorer, this engine provides up to 20 per cent improved fuel economy and a 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions – without sacrificing the performance you demand.

There you have it! EcoBoost explained! If you have any questions, leave us a comment. If you want to learn more about our vehicles with EcoBoost, click here or visit your local Ford Dealer for a test drive, and see for yourself how you can get more power out of a smaller engine.