2015 Ford F-150: A Good View from the Towing Mirrors
April 22, 2015
When I towed nearly 5,000 pounds with our long-term 2015 Ford F-150 a few weeks ago, I was impressed by the various tech features in the cabin and the towing power of the 2.7-liter engine. One thing I neglected to mention though was the optional towing mirrors. We've already discovered that when fully extended, the mirrors can tag the exit of a parking garage.
But how do they perform when there's a trailer to watch?
The mirrors extend out about 3 inches more than usual when set to their widest position and they're excellent for monitoring whatever you're hauling. They are a bit cumbersome when parking or fitting into tight spaces since you have to watch the trailer's location and also avoid hitting the mirrors on trees or street signs. The mirror's power-folding function combined with a slow-and-steady approach generally keeps you out of trouble.
As for the mirrors themselves, there's enough surface area on the flat and convex portions of the mirrors that you can see clearly on both sides of you. This is especially helpful when turning or passing another car because your view extends to the end of the trailer, making it easy to see where your wheels are and helping to avoid curbs or cutting off motorists hanging out in your blind spot.
Even if I only towed a few times a year, I'd get these mirrors. At $165, they proved their value to me at least once and at that price, once is enough.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor