Wide Turns Only - 2015 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

2015 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Ford F-150: Wide Turns Only

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 23, 2016

2015 Ford F-150

As I attempted to make a U-turn in our 2015 Ford F-150, I was struck by how close it came to not making it in one shot. And this was from a center turn lane onto a two-lane wide street. Was I not remembering how tight full-size trucks turn?

After consulting a few spec sheets, I found out that I wasn't completely off my rocker.

The turning radius of an F-150 crew cab short bed is listed at 47.8 feet. Compare that to our former short bed, crew cab Ram 1500's turning radius of 39.8 feet and it's clear that the F-150 does not cut a tight circle by any means.

Just for reference, I looked up the numbers on a crew cab Chevy Silverado with the short bed. It's listed at 47.2 feet, so it's obviously closer to the Ford. A Toyota Tundra Crewmax has a turning radius of 44.0 feet, so it's somewhere in the middle.

This minimal amount of number crunching reinforced my original observation. The F-150 is not your friend when it comes to maneuvering in tight spaces, or in very large spaces for that matter. If you want a tight-turning, full-size pickup, the Ram is the better choice. 

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 30,184 miles

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