No Surprises, But 20,000-Mile Goal Comes Months Early - 2015 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

2015 Ford F-150: No Surprises, But 20,000-Mile Goal Comes Months Early

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on October 9, 2015

2015 Ford F-150

Compared to the 4,307-mile extravaganza of August, September's mere total of 1,891 miles seems like slacking off. But that's a good haul nonetheless, a monthly average that would comfortably push any long-term test vehicle over our 20,000-mile annual target.

Our 2015 Ford F-150 was so far ahead on miles at the end of August that this somewhat average month was more than sufficient to push it past its annual goal just eight months after it entered service. We closed the book on September with the truck's odometer showing 21,156 miles.

The F-150 4x4 has proven itself to be a very popular truck around these parts. But it's also proven quite thirsty compared to its official EPA rating.

September's performance didn't do anything to alter that reality. Those 1,891 miles were added at an average of 16.6 mpg, a near-exact match of the 19,265 miles that came before them. The difference was so insignificant that the Ford ended the month with the same 16.7-mpg lifetime average it had coming in.

No single tank stood out this month, either. There were no unexpected highs or lows, no insanely long-range tanks. It was all pretty routine and predictable. Nothing on the summary chart changed except the current odometer reading.

Worst Fill MPG: 13.3 (towing); 14.0 not towing
Best Fill MPG: 23.1
Average Lifetime MPG: 16.7 (6.0 gallons per 100 miles)
EPA MPG Rating: 20 Combined (18 City/23 Highway)
Best Range: 706.6 miles
Current Odometer: 21,156 miles

The overriding theme remains unchanged: We like driving the F-150 quite a bit, but the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers nothing close to its promised fuel economy. It's more than a little disappointing, quite frankly.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 21,156 miles

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