2015 Ford F-150: Bad Naming Has Skewed Our Outlook
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 30, 2015
I was chatting with Engineering Editor Jason Kavanagh during dinner the night before our annual Edmunds Driving School, and he asked me what vehicle I was driving from our long-term fleet.
"Oh, I've got the 2015 Ford F-150," I said.
JayKav said he had the 2015 BMW M235i Convertible, but he commended me on my choice.
"That thing is great for just cruising up the highway, isn't it?"
I agreed, but I also didn't admit my real reason for choosing the new Ford F-150. It wasn't because of its cushy, easy-going nature. Rather it was that I planned to do lots of cycling over the weekend and wanted to make use of its bed.
Still, to JayKav's comments, it's interesting how far full-size pickups have come in just the last few years — to the point that this F-150 is one of the most comfortable vehicles in the Edmunds garage.
On the drive home, I fell in love, yet again, with the F-150's 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. Senior Editor Josh Jacquot and I were carpooling in the F-150 with Automotive Editor Dan Frio following behind in the long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata. A few of us Orange County folks have an off-interstate back route we usually take on the way home from Willow Springs International Raceway, involving mostly two-lane, wide-open desert roads.
The passing ability of the F-150 with that torque-happy EcoBoost 2.7 is stupendous, especially with just two barely-average-size adults inside. Getting around cars or trucks required little more than an extra dab of throttle and, whoosh, you're around said vehicle. It's got so much instant grunt, I never once felt the need to floor it. Frio's passes in the Sonata, viewed through the F-150's rearview mirror, looked a bit more adventurous.
All of which got me to thinking that if Ford hadn't labeled this thing an "EcoBoost" (maybe just "Boost?") or hyped up its supposedly-attainable fuel mileage so much, maybe there'd be a heckuva lot less talk about its sub-EPA mpg numbers.
Instead we'd focus primarily on the fact that this is easily one of the best engine/transmission combos ever put into a pickup. It makes short work of passing zones and long uphill grades, and makes miles and miles of empty desert roads fly by with barely a thought. Not to mention that it tows and hauls like a champion.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor