2015 Ford F-150: No Excuse to Run Into Anything
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 6, 2015
When I first started driving our 2015 Ford F-150, I assumed that it would be quite unwieldly in urban settings. There's some truth to that, given the truck's overall size, but I didn't expect how easy it would be to know what's going on around the F-150 while driving.
It starts with the four-wheel-drive F-150's elevated ride height, which provides a better view of traffic ahead than the typical sedan and therefore greater awareness of potential problems. Then there are our F-150's optional towing mirrors. Sure, they stick out like Dumbo's ears even when set to their normal, non-extended position, but the big dual-mirror setup is great for seeing vehicles behind you or whoever is hanging out in your blind spots.
We also have another helper option on our truck: blind-spot monitoring. The warning lights are largely redundant given the towing mirrors, but nonetheless it's another layer of information you can use.
Our F-150 is further enhanced by a rearview camera and rear cross-traffic alert. The latter is great for an advance warning on approaching cars as you're backing out of a space in a parking lot.
Finally, if you do check over your shoulder, the F-150's boxy crew cab provides a relatively clean rearview. In the photo above, I had the rear headrest in its upright position, but they're easily flipped down for an even better view.
Our F-150 might be a beast, but it's a pussycat to drive.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor