Little Things Mean a Lot to Truck Buyers | Edmunds

Little Things Mean a Lot to Truck Buyers


Just the Facts:
  • No details, including knobs and steps, are too small to overlook when it comes to the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.
  • Ford is touting the little things on the 2015 F-150, including redesigned knobs, a first-ever remote opening tailgate, LED headlights and LED cargo lights.
  • Both GM and Ford have taken pains to tell buyers that the controls in their trucks were designed so that a person wearing work gloves can operate them.

DETROIT No details, including knobs and steps, are too small to overlook when it comes to the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

Ford is touting the little things on the 2015 F-150, including redesigned knobs, a first-ever remote-opening tailgate, LED headlights and LED cargo lights.

The F-150, which features aluminum body panels, debuted to great fanfare at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The Silverado was named the 2014 North American Truck/Utility of the Year during the January show.

Both GM and Ford have taken pains to tell buyers that the controls in their trucks were designed so that a person wearing work gloves can operate them.

"The interior was created with comfort and utility in mind, right down to the buttons and controls that are sized so that a person wearing work gloves can operate them," said Ford in a statement about the F-150.

The knobs have a textured brushed metal surface made for easier gripping.

GM echoed Ford's comments in its description of the cabin of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

"The all-new interiors of the 2014 Silverado 1500 reflect the same focus on form and function," GM said. "The upright instrument panel, six-gauge instrument cluster and multiple storage options are tailored specifically to the needs of truck customers. Controls are functional, logically placed and easy to operate with work gloves on."

The Ford F-150 also features a revised tailgate step with a handle that is now integrated into the tailgate, enabling owners to have a flat work surface on the tailgate. A new toe-operated box-side step on the truck stores under the front of the bed instead of under the cab.

Edmunds says: You may want to bring along those work gloves when you go to kick the tires on the 2015 Ford F-150 and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

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