But that's the whole controversy right?The 3.5 makes a ton of torque, no comparison, A 100ft more than the 5.0, that is a lot. The relation between the two are a funny thing. The 5.0l will never tow as easy as the 3.5.
You have a motor that has great power, but is very complex, generates a lot of heat and gets very poor gas mileage when worked hard BUT is easy to drive.
The 5.0 may not beat the 3.5 up the side of a mountain, but is perceived to be less complex (so it's assumed to be more reliable in the long term), gas mileage stays more consistent?, and in the end why is everyone so scared to rev their motors? 4500rpms for a quad cam v8 with a 6500 rpm readline is nothing. It can do it all day and be fine...as long as temps stay in line. And the 3.5 seems to have more of an issue keeping temps in line while going up the mountain at 3k rpms. Even the TFL vids show them getting quite warm.
Someone feel free to correct me. I was looking for a new F150 a month or two ago and the choice between the two motors was the toughest decision.