2015 Ford F-150: Shifter Sized for Giants
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 14, 2015
It's not obvious at first sight, but the shifter in our 2015 Ford F-150 is huge. Even with my large-ish size hands, I can barely get my fingers around it. Good design? Or a poor attempt to make it feel like a burly truck?
I don't know the reasoning, but it feels like grabbing a softball when you're shifting gears. I suppose that would give some drivers the impression that the shifter is sturdy, except that the action of the shifter itself doesn't match its outsized dimensions. Instead of a heavy, mechanical throw, this shifter feels light and hollow.
Usually this is the kind of thing that grows on you over time. In my case, it hasn't. Every time I get in this truck, the shifter feels weird to me. And that's not good for something that you have to use every time you drive the truck.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 19,635 miles