There is a pretty clear line from the 60 degree v6 ford made in the 70s to the ecoboosts of today, I don't think they are particularly new, but I think what is new is people's exposure to turbocharged vehicles. No turbocharged vehicle has ever (or likely will ever) come close to the sales volume of the f150. and so it comes as no surprise to me that, when you put turbos in that many people's hands, certain turbo specific things like burning through oil become "these ecoboosts have a problem" stories. I think it's nothing short of incredible that, to the general public who won't even yank on a dip stick, ford can offer a turbocharged engine that promises an idiot proof maintenance schedule. it's got to take a lot of sack when all your competitors are still using NA. No one is going to carve the ecoboost a caveat because it is turbocharged, they're just going to expect it to work.