2015 Ford F-150: Instrument Cluster Shows the Important Stuff
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 14, 2016
I realized last week that, somehow, I've never driven our 2015 Ford F-150. So I took it for a weekend, and I'm glad I did. The first thing I noticed was its instrument cluster: It's a good one.
Chiefly, it's large and easy to read at a glance. Odd as it may sound, these two traits often clash. When you have a bunch of real estate, you want to fill it with information and graphics. Get too excited and you wind up with a pretty but indecipherable wall of graphics.
The F-150 handles this by showing one thing at a time. While I'd like the ability to add multiple displays to a page, I realize the slippery slope that line of thinking entails.
Though you can only see one page at a time, there is a depth of information available. You navigate through it using a directional pad on the steering wheel; left and right to change pages across the top smart bar, and up and down to view and modify options on a given page. You can also set easily accessible favorites under the MyView page.
The off road gauges show side and fore/aft tilt, along with the steering angle.
The towing gauges show similar information, but also display the trailer brake gain. You can also save trailer settings elsewhere in this mode.
Two neat things about the distance to empty display: One, it floats over the fuel gauge, which makes it unobtrusive and easy to read. Two, you can also change switch calculations between standard driving and towing.
Who doesn't like a good turbo boost gauge? Heathens. That's who.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 32,050 miles