2015 Ford F-150: Passes the Tough Mudder Test, Sort of.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on April 27, 2016
After running through 10 miles of mud, water and dirt, my buddy Albert and I were ready to go home. It was a hot, extremely windy morning in San Bernardino and the long-term 2015 Ford F-150 was waiting for us in the parking lot. We were both pretty sore, with scrapes and sunburns, so we needed coddling. This is my litmus test for trucks.
I've put almost all of our long-term vehicles through similar testing: I get up at some ungodly hour, pay someone a bunch of money to run until my feet hurt, then eat a bunch of glorious junk food and drive home. Specifically, I've driven our long-term Ram 1500 to two Mudders and our long-term Silverado 1500 to one as well.
Was the F-150 serviceable for a short 150-mile weekend trip? Of course. I've taken this truck thousands of miles and it's done just what I needed it to do. But would it be my first choice in this class, or even for this type of weekend again? Nah.
Of all these trucks, the F-150 is my least favorite. The seat coolers don't work well (at least they didn't on this trip), the ride is stiff compared to the aforementioned full-size rivals and the seats just weren't as cushy as they are in the Ram 1500. The F-150 was passable, even enjoyable, but for me it doesn't put itself in "must-have" territory. Every time I look at our signout sheet of cars, I'm sad that the Ram isn't on it anymore and I just don't think I'll feel that way about the Ford.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 34,408 miles