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.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 14, 2016
I realized last week that, somehow, I've never driven our 2015 Ford F-150. So I took it for a weekend, and I'm glad I did. The first thing I noticed was its instrument cluster: It's a good one.
Chiefly, it's large and easy to read at a glance. Odd as it may sound, these two traits often clash. When you have a bunch of real estate, you want to fill it with information and graphics. Get too excited and you wind up with a pretty but indecipherable wall of graphics.
The F-150 handles this by showing one thing at a time. While I'd like the ability to add multiple displays to a page, I realize the slippery slope that line of thinking entails.
by Cameron Rogers on January 5, 2016
My home renovation saga last left off when I loaded a bunch of bricks, backing board and a shower door into the bed of our 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and dropped the payload at the landfill in nearby Brea. I'd hoped to get a chance to do the same in the 2015 Ford F-150 to see how it handled a bed full of junk. A couple of weeks later, my patio was full of decades-old green shag carpeting and the F-150 became available.
Time for another run to the dump.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on December 7, 2015
There aren't too many things I won't do for s'mores. Driving a few hours to explore the outdoors is nice and all, but the real reason I tolerate sleeping on the ground for three days is the perfect combination of graham crackers, chocolate and expertly-browned marshmallows. Enter our long-term 2015 Ford F-150.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on December 3, 2015
The last thing you expect when you press the button for a ventilated seat is that the seat will heat up. But that's exactly what happened to me in our long-term 2015 Ford F-150. Sure, the fans kick in at first and your butt gets a lovely little flow of fresh air, but after a while, things take a turn for the worse.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on November 25, 2015
Despite the fact that most of them live the same life as the average Camry, but with a worse ride, trucks like our 2015 Ford F-150 like to cast themselves as rugged, go-anywhere beasts that can turn the average cubicle-dweller into the Marlboro Man just by signing on the dotted line.
Only, there's a problem with our F-150 that doesn't have anything to do with what the truck can do, but what you can do once you're back in the truck.
by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on November 17, 2015
It's always fun to find a hidden Easter egg in a new vehicle's styling.
Our 2015 Ford F-150 has a few fairly obvious gems. The F-150 logo tucked into the end of the dash is an easy find. The headlight reflector is less so, but still a fun discovery.
I'm sure there are more. Can't wait to find them.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 29, 2015
At a recent automotive event I attended, an automaker rep told me that approximately half of his brand's heavy-duty truck sales come from the luxury trim levels. It would seem the humble pickup truck has gotten pretty ritzy this past decade. This got me to wondering: given the rise of the luxury truck, would you consider buying a fully-loaded pickup truck instead of a luxury sedan?
Let's use our long-term 2015 Ford F-150 as an example.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on September 22, 2015
A couple of weeks ago our 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4x4 pickup joined up with our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado at the Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) to support Josh's efforts in the Gorman Ridge Rally.
As we saw before, the Colorado was a spare that mostly sat idle in case we needed to dash off and deal with unforeseen problems. Meanwhile, the F-150 did that bulk of the heavy lifting. It towed the car, hauled the extra tires and spare parts, and brought the fuel. And when darkness fell, its 400-watt, 120-volt outlet provided power for the area lights that we needed to perform the final service and refueling stop of the event, which was scheduled to run into the night.
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?
July 14, 2015
The 2015 Ford F-150 is big. That goes without saying, but there are a great many elements that are commensurately big as well. Take the clothes hooks in the back seat, which are positively enormous. I managed to easily secure 10 wire hangers on one (apologies Joan Crawford) and could probably fit a few more.
June 4, 2015
Before I even pressed the start button on our 2015 Ford F-150, the thing that struck me was the scratchy-feeling steering wheel. An odd thing to notice, yes, but it was also the first thing I grabbed when I hopped up in the truck.
It's not that the leather feels all that bad, but the rough finish is different than the predominantly smooth, almost supple leather-wrapped steering wheels we're used to these days. The leather on our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT's steering wheel looks similar, but doesn't feel as scratchy, at least not to my apparently sensitive fingers.
May 20, 2015
With all the towing I've done lately, I've had ample opportunity to hear the engine in our 2015 Ford F-150. Or rather hear what Ford wants me to think is the engine, because this V6-powered truck rumbles with the unmistakable sound of a V8 when its throttle is open.
May 11, 2015
There's no real way around this. We broke the rear seat release on our 2015 Ford F-150. More specifically, I broke it. But it does come with some explanation.
March 11, 2015
There are many clever design elements in our 2015 Ford F-150. The interior door handles are not one of them.
I say this as a current owner of a 1975 F-250 (equally crappy interior door handles) and the previous owner of a 1986 Ford F-250 (great door handles).