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2015 Ford F-150: Lousy Door Handle Design

March 11, 2015

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There are many clever design elements in our 2015 Ford F-150. The interior door handles are not one of them.

I say this as a current owner of a 1975 F-250 (equally crappy interior door handles) and the previous owner of a 1986 Ford F-250 (great door handles).

As you can see, opening the door requires you to stick your hand inside this pocket and squeeze the lever toward you. Two problems here.

One, if you have big hands with big gloves over them, shoving them into this pocket might not be that easy. The design was already in use in the Super Duty pickups, so apparently this issue hasn't been a problem.

Second, squeezing the lever toward you while at the same time pushing the door open is not a natural movement. The whole squeezing of the lever thing is just plain dumb.

Contrast this with the setup in my old '86 Ford. It has a lever located about midway down the door panel with nothing around it. To open the door, you just reached down and yanked it up. It worked if I pulled it lightly, and equally well if I was in a hurry and gave a quick rip.

At the time I thought it seemed like a perfect design for a truck and still seems very user-friendly. I'm sure there are all sorts of reasons why Ford went with the current design. I'd be curious what they were.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,391 miles


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