2015 Ford F-150: Notes From a First-Timer
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 16, 2016
Last week required a few hundred miles of highway driving through boring desert. While any number of vehicles in our fleet would do, I opted for our long-term 2015 Ford F-150 because I hadn't spent much time with it. What better way to get acclimated to a vehicle than by spending hours in it? Here's a collection of notes on what I learned.
The ride is great. A "car-like" driving experience may sound like a complaint to some, but I sure appreciate how smoothly the F-150 handles the road. Sure, there's some minor shuddering over impacts, but the truck soldiers down the road calmly. You'll make it your destination free of fatigue.
The 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 rocks. Yes, we've criticized this engine for falling short of its EPA fuel economy numbers. The engine deserves these criticisms, but that's not to say it's without merit. It's a strong motor, providing responsive and powerful acceleration even at light gas pedal application. It's quiet too, unless you really dig into the pedal. Instead of the typical V6 sounds, you get this low rumble closer to that of a V8. The growl is certainly fake, but it sounds cool.
The stop-start is excellent. We've already reported this, but it deserves more attention. One of the first things I do when I hop in a car is turn off stop-start. While the fuel economy benefits are real, the delay and shuddering that typically accompanies the system are frustrating. This isn't the case with the F-150. While you still notice when the engine turns off and on, it's quick and quiet enough that I never felt the need to even hunt for the button that turns stop-start off.
The Bluetooth isn't that great. It can't all be roses and sunshine, right? I took quite a few phone calls during my drive and each one experienced the same issues. People on the line complained that they heard an echo. On my end, something about the speaker quality made it difficult to understand what people were saying, and sometimes the audio would get garbled beyond recognition.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 32,305 miles