Instrument Cluster Shows the Important Stuff - 2015 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Ford F-150: Instrument Cluster Shows the Important Stuff

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 14, 2016

2015 Ford F-150

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.

2015 Ford F-150

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.

2015 Ford F-150

The off road gauges show side and fore/aft tilt, along with the steering angle.

2015 Ford F-150

The towing gauges show similar information, but also display the trailer brake gain. You can also save trailer settings elsewhere in this mode.

2015 Ford F-150

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.

2015 Ford F-150

Who doesn't like a good turbo boost gauge? Heathens. That's who.

Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 32,050 miles

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