Will the Ecoboost Maverick require premium fuel?
Exactly, my daily driver is a 17 Escape awd with the 2.0 eb, 245 hp version, that I’ve owned since new. I fuel it with regular octane 95% of the time, and it’s sees high revs everyday, no problems. Yes, on regular fuel according to Ford it’s max HP output is 232hp, not 245, but that’s not an issue for my daily work commute. If you need max HP output, towing, driving in mountainous regions etc, then put in the highest octane fuel you can get, otherwise save your money.
The ecoboost is the 'premium' offering though, I think most budget minded folks will get the hybrid that should have way lower operating costs, and while Ford recommends 91+ for the ecoboost, they recommend only 87+ for the hybrid. The hybrid also gets much higher fuel economy (Ford said they were targeting 37mpg combined vs probably 23mpg for the ecoboost), oil and filter and spark plug changes should be fewer on the hybrid, and no need to worry about periodically cleaning carbon deposits at 50-60K mile intervals and you don't want to use seafoam (nothing against it, I've used it on the Ram twice) or other cleaners on turbocharged engines like you can on naturally aspirated ones:
This is a solid point. EGR will clog intake valves without port injection washing them.This is a bunch of crap. Don't buy Ecoboost unless they do like other manufactures. Put direct injection and port injection on the engine. Toyota and Honda are both doing that.