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2015 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Ford F-150: Performance Tested

February 19, 2015

2015 Ford F-150

Even though our 2015 Ford F-150 was at the repair shop for a few weeks thanks to a sledgehammer-related incident, our truck passed the 1,000-mile mark within its first month in our long-term fleet. The engine was fully broken in according to the manual, so it was ready to go to our test track. Read on to find out how well the new turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 moved our full-size pickup.

Vehicle: 2015 Ford F-150

Odometer: 1,139

Date: 2/3/2015

Driver: Chris Walton

Price: $51,800

Drive Type: Four-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed automatic
Engine Type: Twin-turbocharged V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,694 / 164
Redline (rpm): 5,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 325 @ 5,750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 375 @ 3,000
Brake Type (front): One-piece ventilated disc with dual-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): One-piece ventilated disc with single-piston sliding calipers
Suspension Type(front): Independent double wishbone, coil-over-shock
Suspension Type (rear): Solid axle, leaf springs

Tire Size (front): 275/65R18 116T M+S
Tire Size (rear): 275/65R18 116T M+S
Tire Brand: Goodyear Tire Model: Wrangler Fortitude HT
Tire Type: All-season, low-rolling resistance
As-Tested Curb Weight (lb): 5,160

Test Results: 

0-30 (sec): 2.2 (w/ TC on 3.0)
0-45 (sec): 4.0 (w/ TC on 4.9)
0-60 (sec): 6.4 (w/TC on 7.3)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.1 (w/TC on 6.9) 
0-75 (sec): 9.8 (w/TC on 10.7) 
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 14.7 @ 92.3 (w/TC on 15.4 @ 92.1)

30-0 (ft): 32
60-0 (ft): 129

Slalom (mph): 55.7 (55.4 w/ESC on)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.66 (0.65 w/ESC on)
RPM @ 70: 1,950


Acceleration comments: Initial acceleration is strong, even from relatively low engine speeds, but we found the F-150 to be even quicker in Auto 4WD with the engine revs raised against the brakes before leaving the start line. With the traction control disabled, we weren't able to produce even the slightest amount of wheelspin with either technique, but it didn't seem to hurt acceleration one bit. This is a very strong engine and I even like the sound it makes (or that the stereo makes) under full throttle. Upshifts are exceptionally smooth, but not particularly quick. Clearly there's plenty of cooling capacity here as well because the terminal speed at the end of the quarter-mile didn't drop one mph across six passes. Who needs a V8 when this turbo-six is so strong?

Braking comments: With a medium-firm pedal, this F-150 stops shorter than the pickup truck average with ease and confidence. Naturally, there's some dive, but it maintained good directional stability and the distance to stop from 60 mph grew by only two feet across 4 runs. Good brakes.

Handling comments: Keeping in mind the length of this pickup was the key to not running over cones with the rear tires in the slalom test. It turns in with confidence, has good body control from side to side, but it's the length of the truck that limits its speed here. It felt like I was nearly to the next cone before I could ask it to turn in the other direction. At the very limit, the truck would lose traction on the front tires, the electronic stability control system (ESC) would briefly dab a brake to point the nose back on line, and then recede quickly. ESC is tuned well to be effective without being punitive. On the skid pad, it feels like the tires are begging for mercy, and the ESC maintains a speed just below the torturous howl of the tires with minimal drama or interference. Steering in both tests felt good by truck standards, with good precision and natural weighting.

Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 1,139 miles

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