2015 Ford F-150's Improved Aerodynamics Expected To Earn Better Fuel Economy | Edmunds

2015 Ford F-150's Improved Aerodynamics Expected To Earn Better Fuel Economy


Just the Facts:
  • The fully redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck puts a premium on aerodynamics, a move that is expected to earn better fuel economy.
  • The F-150 is "a happy medium between styling, aerodynamics, engineering and cost," the automaker said.
  • The EPA has not yet announced official fuel economy numbers on the 2015 F-150, which arrives at dealerships in the fourth quarter.

DEARBORN, Michigan — The fully redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck puts a premium on aerodynamics, Ford said on Tuesday, a move that is expected to earn better fuel economy.

The F-150 is "a happy medium between styling, aerodynamics, engineering and cost," the automaker said.

The EPA has not yet announced official fuel economy numbers on the 2015 F-150, which arrives at dealerships in the fourth quarter.

The new F-150 will hit the market at a time when gasoline prices are projected to decline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The federal agency said regular gasoline retail prices are expected to decline to an average of $3.30 a gallon in December. Regular gasoline prices are expected to average $3.46 a gallon in 2015, compared with $3.51 a gallon in 2013.

"This will be the most fuel-efficient F-150 yet," said Ford spokesman Mike Levine, in a phone conversation with Edmunds on Wednesday. "Our customers are buying the F-150 because they have a job to do and fuel economy plays a part in that."

Ford has not provided fuel economy estimates on the 2015 F-150.

The 2014 Ford F-150 two-wheel-drive model with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Consumers studying the 2015 F-150 may wonder how Ford managed the trick of creating a truck with squared-off edges that promises to be more fuel-efficient. But the secret actually lies in the design, the automaker said.

"The truck's sharp, boxy shape gives it a tough appearance, but actually the key to the design is aerodynamic efficiency — getting the most out of the shape," said Brad Richards, Ford F-150 exterior design manager, in a statement. "We made the F-150 look tough and capable, while also reducing wind resistance."

Ford spelled out the elements that make the F-150 more aerodynamic. They include a flush-mounted windshield, a tailgate top designed to act as a spoiler and rear corners that are angled so air "breaks off cleanly, reducing turbulence behind the truck."

Key competitors to the 2015 F-150 include the Chevrolet Silverado, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.

Edmunds says: Truck buyers get a tough-looking truck that's aerodynamic and fuel-efficient with the new 2015 Ford F-150.

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