Hot Rod Heart - 2015 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

2015 Ford F-150: Hot Rod Heart

July 1, 2015

2015 Ford F-150

A neighbor friend of mine noticed I brought home our long-term 2015 Ford F-150 for the first time and asked, "So which do you like better, the new F-150 or the Ram EcoDiesel?"

He's always asking me tough questions.

Here's the problem: I love 'em both. The trucks, I mean. My neighbor is only okay.

Choosing a favorite is difficult, especially since the drivetrains are so different. The Ram is all about easy pulling power and impressive fuel economy. The F-150 with the EcoBoost V6? It's a hot-rod.

Sure, it can tow and haul and stuff. But deep down, in places where Prius drivers and the EPA don't ever go, this thing is a hot-rod.

While the Ram provides a calm, low-revving nature, the F-150 seems tuned for instant power. Any time, any rpm. You don't need to bury the throttle into the floormat to dust off cars, not when you have 375 pound-feet of near-instant torque.

I haven't formed a strong opinion yet about the sound qualities of the EcoBoost, real or otherwise, like Josh has. I'm just intrigued by its smooth, potent flow of power. I try to restrain myself when I'm driving it, but it can be difficult. It's so fun to dip into the sauce.

2015 Ford F-150

Not that you have to drive the F-150 like a gas-wasting fool. You can drive it all normal-like and calm, especially since the smooth-shifting transmission and supple throttle delivery make puttering around town a lurch-free affair.

After going back and forth, trying to decide which one I truly like better, I realized this: I like whichever one I'm currently driving. I think that says quite a bit about the goodness of these two fantastic trucks.

Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 9,473 miles

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