2015 Ford F-150 Review

Overview

Even though the all new Ford F-150 may look no different from its predecessors, it has plenty to offer. What is really interesting is the fact that the pickup will exceed your expectations. It has all of the power you will ever need. Additionally, you will not have to worry about paying a premium price for this bad boy. There is no doubt that it is the most capable and sophisticated version of the pickup.

Ford F-150

Ford F-150

Upon closer inspection you will come to realize the Ford F-150 has undergone dramatic changes. In order to stay ahead of the curve, Ford has taken considerable steps to ensure its competitors do not make the best of the opportunity and outdo them in the long run. This explains why it has made an expensive gamble with the 2015 Ford F-150. The newest iteration is not only lighter, but it remains just as powerful as its predecessors. Another interesting thing about the new Ford is that it goes out of its way to play down its radical design and body structure. Make no mistake; each and every inch of the body is designed to cut through the wind for better gas mileage and to increase performance at the same time.

That being said, if you still are not convinced, there are plenty of other factors for you to consider before you make an informed decision. Rest assured the Ford F-150 will not only impress you, but it will give you the performance you desire and will exceed your expectations with excellent fuel economy.

Specifications

Engine Transmission HP Torque
3.5-L, V6 Electronic, 6-Speed Automatic 283 HP 255 Lb-Ft
0-60 MPH Top Speed Body Style  MPG
5.6s 107 MPH Regular Cab Pickup – Standard Bed 17 City/23 Hwy

Performance

Ford F-150 Performance

Hood of the F-150

With a 3.5 L V6 engine, the F-150 not only produces 283 HP, but it delivers 255 LB-Ft of torque without breaking a sweat. But that is not all; you have three other optional engines to choose from. The redesigned F-150 is built to impress, it offers plenty of power without compromising on quality whatsoever. You can expect spirited acceleration along, which is quite rare to come across other pickups within the same price range. With plenty of power and quick acceleration, the transmission proves itself to be extremely responsive. There is rarely a case where the transmission is not in the right gear.

On the other hand, the truck is agile and has good handling. It has plenty to offer for everyone, including controlled body motions. Even though some complain the drive is not as comfortable as other competitors including the Ram 1500, it is not entirely difficult to live with. The steering is quite responsive, but it is a bit lighter than usual. Furthermore, the brakes are disappointing and do not offer than much of a pedal feel that you would normally expect from a truck of this caliber.

As long as the pickup is properly equipped, it can easily haul up to 3,300 pounds. Moreover, it can also tow up to 12,200 pounds as well. Many have praised the 2015 F-150 for its maximum payload capacity, especially considering its class. While pulling heavy trailers, the lighter EcoBoost engine may strain, but it offers the torque you need to get things done.

Exterior

Ford F-150 Exterior

Ford F-150 Exterior

Being the full-sized pickup that it is, you have three different body styles to choose from. You can even choose between three different bed lengths. But it just keeps getting better as you can also choose between five trim levels. This is mostly because the roles of each truck are varied and Ford is all about meeting and exceeding everyone’s expectations.

The overall look of the pickup is crisp and it makes effective use of its broad shouldered form. The 2015 Ford F-150 is the perfect blend of modern and classic design. The looks are extraordinarily good, but it could have been bolder. But one thing is for certain, anyone can tell it is a Ford pickup from a mile away, which itself is not a bad thing.

The new frame makes extensive use of high quality steel; the body on the other hand is built from aluminum alloy. The interior it houses is just as new and durable. Due to the aluminum body, the vehicle reduces weight.

Interior

Ford F-150 Interior

Ford F-150 Interior

The Ford pickup does not work according to the trends that most manufacturers have already set in place. The F-150 offers a classy feel and look; the materials used are topnotch and are on scale with high-end sedans. What is truly amazing about the F-150’s interior is that it is ergonomically designed. The padded armrests are located exactly where you would have wanted them to be along with frequently used controls.

As for the gauges on the dashboard, you get an 8-inch productivity display. This display can be customized according to your needs and requirements and can offer details about an extensive array of variable including tire pressure and off-roading info. Ford has gone the extra mile and has added a refreshingly new center stack control layout. Tuning knobs and physical volume keys along with radio presets are arranged logically. At first, it may seem there are a lot of different controls for you to work with, and you may even feel overwhelmed at times.

The interior is filled with impressive features; the front seats for instance give you a comfortable and commanding view. The rear passenger seats do not get the attention they deserve, but they do fairly well. But since the cab is two inches wider, it means everyone in the back has more room to relax and spread out.

You have a fair amount of storage to benefit from. But this mostly depends on the trim level of pickup you choose to invest in. Essentially, cupboards are built into the front bucket seats and folded down center sections. The rear seats in both crew and extended models can flip up and reveal hidden storage spaces as well.

Safety

Ford F-150 Safety

Ford F-150 Safety Features

Standard features on the 2015 Ford F-10 include stability and traction control, full-length side curtain airbags, trailer sway control, front side impact airbags, and antilock disc brakes. If a crash does take place, the sync system uses the paired phone to call for help to the authorities.

There are plenty of other options for you to look forward to with the F-150; there are 360-degree multi-view and single rearview cameras available along with highly sophisticated parking sensors.

Other advanced features include collision warning systems, what this does for you is that it primes the brakes for maximum efficiency. Blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems with rear cross traffic alerts make it easier for you to drive safely. However, you also do have the option of inflatable rear seatbelts. Based on various performance tests, it has been noted that the 2015 Ford F-150 can stop in 126 feet from 60 mph. All in all, the truck is incredibly safe for you and your family.

Competitors

Ford F-150 Competitor

Ram 1500

There is no doubt that the Ford F-150 has plenty to offer, but it has plenty of competitors at the same time. The pickup truck market is highly competitive and the odds are greater than they could have ever been before. The F-150 in particular is up against some of the mightiest pickup trucks including the Ram 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado. Each of these trucks come equipped with impressive features and power. This is perhaps one of the reasons why Ford has to stay ahead of the curve and bring something new to the table each time.

Keeping the aforementioned factors in mind, you will come to realize the new Ford F-150 is a force not to be reckoned with. It is powerful and extremely economical. It is also packed with impressive features, which not only make your life easier, but safer as well. With rough looks and a sturdy body, it is meant to last. It is the perfect vehicle for those looking for an unforgettable driving experience with all of the power they could have imagined. What is really interesting is that the Ford F-150 is not only affordable, but can be bought without any hassles whatsoever. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about various other trucks out there.

The Ford F-150 is an all rounder; it mixes the best of features, efficiency and capabilities in its class. There is a perfectly good reason why the pickup truck has remained a best seller for 50 years and continues to do so till this day. It is quite rare to come across a pre-owned F-150 and that should itself explain how innovative Ford is willing to be with its latest generation of F-150s. It is quite apparent Ford has done a lot of homework and has spared no expense in making sure the 2015 F-150 does not fail and disappoint.

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