2015 Ford F-150: It's a Looker
August 6, 2015
I mean that literally. As in, our 2015 Ford F-150 feels so...expansive...from the driver seat that I find the common practice of reversing the big truck turns into one big scanning exercise.
And that's not necessarily because of the truck's proportions, which are generous and Americanly full-size, but because of the surfaces that draw your eyes while backing up. The photo below gives you an idea.
In just this simple maneuver of backing the F-150 into a pay-and-spray stall (I was handing the keys over to Mike Monticello later in the evening and he is very fussy about a clean truck), my eyes dart between the rearview mirror, the rearview camera, the view from the dual-surface towing mirrors on both sides, and finally the view over my shoulder, a second-nature reflex all but useless for avoiding anything smaller than a semi in this truck.
That's six display surfaces when accounting for the driver-side mirror, and one strained neck. It can be a little disorienting. And it's really just the two convex slices of towing mirror that start to throw me off, maybe in combination with the back-up cam. I'm glad they're there, as are I'm sure the editors on staff who've towed with this thing.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor