2015 Ford F-150: Best Start/Stop - Ever
June 23, 2015
Let me clarify: The Auto Start/Stop system in our 2015 Ford F-150 is the best one I've ever used.
It's entirely possible someone makes a better one, but it sure couldn't be by much. The one in the F-150 EcoBoost 2.7 is so good, it's actually the first such system that doesn't make me constantly want to switch the whole damn thing off.
Most of these Auto Start/Stop systems are disruptive to the point they end up being annoying. The whole waiting for the engine to fire back up as you're trying to take off from a light, or the constant shutting down/starting up in stop-and-go traffic gets old.
Maybe we're just impatient.
But the system in the F-150 doesn't annoy me in the least. Why?
First, this system has the quickest re-engagement out there, meaning as soon as you start to lift your foot off the brake, it fires that turbo V6 back up immediately. On top of that, the truck barely shakes as the engine comes back to life. The big truck just absorbs it to the point that it's barely noticeable. Some passengers probably won't even realize the engine had shut off, then started back up.
I have yet to go searching for the "off" button while driving. But here it is on the dash, if you were wondering.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 9,282 miles