Ponderous Handling in Tahoe Curves - 2015 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

2015 Ford F-150: Ponderous Handling in Tahoe Curves

July 28, 2015

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In the first part of this road trip, my friend and I drove the 2015 Ford F-150 470 miles north for a wedding and some mountain biking. We went mountain biking the first day we were in Lake Tahoe, and now the wedding day dawned. But first, a pre-wedding morning hike.

We headed to Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and did an out-and-back on the Tahoe Rim trail. It was a beautiful day, but the trail was strangely near-empty of people. We weren't complaining. Maybe folks were hung over from the Fourth of July. Or maybe people don't go to Lake Tahoe for hiking. Unlike pretty much any park in southern California, this marked the second time in two days we didn't have to pay a parking fee. Score!

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Finally, we headed to The Wedding on the Beach. Fun was had by all. I wondered why I didn't have such a nice house, then I remembered that I wasn't the fifth man on at Google like my high school friend was many years ago. If the stars had aligned differently, and if I knew even the slightest bit about computer programming, that totally could've been me. Um, no.

Monday morning we hit the trails for one last mountain bike ride, then steered the F-150 south on U.S. 395 to head back toward the Santa Monica office. I once again marveled at how easily the F-150 EcoBoost devours the miles.

On curvy Kingsbury Grade Road (Route 207), the F-150's vague steering made itself obvious. Beyond the steering, the F-150 isn't really a great handler, either. The front end feels ponderous and it goes into understeer mode quickly. With all those aluminum panels, you'd think it would feel lighter.

Minor point, especially since I'm not looking for this thing to be a sport truck. The only other happening of note on the return was that SiriusXM went into Preview mode. Maybe our trial subscription is up? My friend thought this was all part of some secret plan to force her to have to listen to my iPod.

2015 Ford F-150

Nothing major going on here, just some construction traffic at Mono Lake, where the road went down to a single lane. Since traffic was stopped, seemed like a good opportunity to jump out and crack off a quick photo of the truck with the lake in the background.

2015 Ford F-150

Through it all, crappy Mikey music or not, the F-150 was a sweetheart. I'd gladly take this truck on any future road trip, even if mountain biking isn't involved. It's so smooth, quiet and comfortable that you don't feel all that tired when you get home.

Total trip miles: 970

Average mpg: 18.6

That's still well below the 2.7 EcoBoost's highway rating of 23 mpg, but there was at least some amount of trundling around the greater Lake Tahoe area involved here.

Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 13,343 miles

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