2015 Ford F-150 Review
2015 Ford F-150 Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
by the Edmunds Experts
- Strong power and excellent fuel economy from turbocharged gasoline V6 engines
- impressive payload, towing and off-road capabilities
- long list of advanced comfort, convenience and safety technologies.
- Aluminum body panels are more expensive to repair than steel
- stiffer ride than competitors when bed is empty.
The 2015 Ford F-150 has been fully redesigned.
The redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 may not look all that different, but those familiar lines disguise what is unquestionably the most sophisticated and capable version of this best-selling pickup ever to hit the road.
Notably, we picked the 2015 Ford F-150 as one of Edmunds' Best Used Cars.
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In the face of brand-new full-size pickup models from its major competitors, Ford figured it needed to do some truly radical rethinking for its 13th generation of America's best-selling line of full-size trucks. And, from early indications, it looks like the company has managed to do just that with the 2015 Ford F-150.
You won't know how radical the new F-150 is just by looking at it. In a nod to the conservative tastes of many pickup buyers, Ford kept the styling changes fairly subtle. The restyled grille and distinctively shaped headlights are the most obvious visual clues that you're looking at an all-new truck.
Instead, the really big changes are largely hidden from view. Ford engineers have made extensive use of lightweight aluminum in everything from the hood and body panels to the pickup bed to help shave off as much as 700 pounds of weight in the process. Lest you think aluminum is synonymous with flimsy beer cans, Ford says that the military-grade alloys used on the F-150 come in a wide variety of different thicknesses, many of which can be tougher than steel at a fraction of the weight. Underpinning it all is a full ladder-reinforced frame that uses significantly more high-strength steel than the outgoing model.
Advantages to shedding weight are multifold. For a given GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating), a lighter truck can handle more payload. The same relationship applies to GCWR (gross combined weight rating) and towing capacity. And a significantly lighter truck will accelerate more quickly and burn less fuel. Efficiency is so good with the truck's new 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine that the two-wheel-drive F-150's combined fuel economy rating of 22 mpg just misses the combined 23 mpg delivered by the more expensive diesel six-cylinder powering the class-leading Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Of course, Ford is looking to keep traditional truck bragging rights as well, and it says a properly equipped F-150 will be able to tow up to 12,200 pounds with the 2.7-liter's bigger counterpart, the 3.5-liter turbo V6.
Ford has also packed the latest F-150 with even more advanced technology. There are video cameras galore, including a trailer hitch assist version that features a dynamic guide line to make lining up the hitch ball and trailer coupling a quick one-person job, as well as an available top-down 360-degree camera view system to help with navigating parking lots and job sites. Other highlights include a new 8-inch "productivity" screen in the gauge cluster and a host of new safety features, including lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
With the seemingly endless number of permutations, there's probably a 2015 F-150 model to suit every person who has ever even thought of buying a pickup. Just the same, there are other trucks you'd be well advised to check out. We're also very fond of the 2015 Ram 1500, which will impress you with its smooth ride, quiet interior and available diesel engine. You can't discount the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 either, considering its well-rounded nature. Both are great trucks, but we think the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 has enough meaningful improvements to make it a very attractive choice for shoppers. Bottom line: If you're looking for a thoroughly modern full-size pickup in 2015, Ford has just made your decision that much harder.
Performance & mpg
The 2015 Ford F-150's base engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The next step up is the new turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that produces a healthy 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. Those needing more muscle for heavier payloads or towing can opt for the 5.0-liter V8 engine that's rated at 385 hp and 387 lb-ft or a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out an impressive 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Dropping so much weight with its new aluminum body was supposed to help vault the new-generation 2015 F-150 to the top of the heap in terms of fuel economy. It has, although in some F-150 configurations, the efficiency boost is comparatively modest.
With so many trim levels and engines to choose from, there are several EPA estimates for the 2015 Ford F-150. Starting with the standard 3.5-liter V6, two-wheel-drive versions of the 2015 F-150 are EPA rated at a combined 20 mpg (18 city/25 highway); the same engine with four-wheel drive drops to a combined 19 mpg. These are basically the same ratings that you get from Chevy and Ram. Move up to the optional (but smaller) 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6, and 2WD models yield a combined 22 mpg (19/26), while 4WD-equipped models with the same engine have a combined 20 mpg rating.
During Edmunds testing, a 4WD SuperCab F-150 with the 2.7-liter engine went from zero to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds, while a 4WD SuperCrew with the same engine did the sprint to 60 in just 6.4 seconds. Both are impressive times for the segment.
Get the 5.0-liter V8 and a 2015 F-150 with 2WD has a combined rating of 18 mpg; adding 4WD to models with the V8 drops the combined rating to 17 mpg. Finally, the 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 earns a combined 20 mpg (17/24) with 2WD and a combined 19 mpg in 4WD form.
All four engines come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission equipped with both Sport and Tow/Haul modes. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case is available as an option.
Maximum towing capacities start from 7,600 pounds with the base V6 engine and climb to 8,500 with the 2.7-liter V6. For heavy lifting, the 5.0-liter V8 can tow 11,100 pounds, while the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 can pull trailers up to 12,200 pounds when properly equipped. (These tow figures comply with the SAE J2807 standard, which makes it easier to compare truck tow ratings equally.)
Standard safety features on the 2015 Ford F-150 include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front-seat side impact airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags. In the event of a crash, the Sync system can use a paired cell phone to summon help from the authorities.
Single rearview and 360-degree multi-view cameras are available, along with rear parking sensors. Advanced safety technologies including forward collision warning preparation (it primes the brakes for maximum effectiveness), a lane departure warning system and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts. Inflatable rear seatbelts are also offered as an option.
In Edmunds performance testing, a 4WD SuperCab F-150 with the 2.7-liter engine came to a stop from 60 mph in 126 feet, while a SuperCrew (also with 4WD and the 2.7-liter engine) stopped in 129 feet. Both distances are a few feet shorter than average for a full-size pickup.
One of the first things you notice when driving the 2015 Ford F-150 is that it really does feel lighter, more agile and less-trucklike, you might say, than its predecessor. With the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 under the hood, there's plenty of acceleration on tap and the brakes feels strong and solid. But if you want to upgrade, the V8 and bigger turbocharged V6 feel quite potent in this lighter F-150.
The ride quality is relatively firm, which could be related to the new F-150's lightweight body and the higher payload it enables; the difference between empty and fully loaded has widened, so the rear suspension calibration necessary to shoulder the load can make an empty F-150 feel a bit bound up. Still, the F-150 is solid and predictable when driving around turns and it's quiet on long highway drives as well.
There's an unmistakable trend at work in the pickup world: turning these traditional workhorses into something more akin to gussied-up show ponies. Of course, work truck buyers can still get bare-bones XL models fitted out with vinyl floor coverings, roll-up windows and a simple AM/FM stereo. But the farther you go up through the trim levels, the nicer the furnishings and the more desirable the amenities become. This new F-150's interior has a classy look and feel, and materials used in those top trim levels are on par with a lot of upscale sedans. Everything in the interior is ergonomically designed in such a way that there's a padded armrest exactly where you'd want it, and frequently used controls are located right where your hand would instinctively reach for it.
On the gauges front, the available 8-inch productivity display screen can be customized to show an array of other user-selected variables from off-roading info to tire pressures. Ford has also added a refreshingly intuitive center stack control layout with physical volume and tuning knobs and radio station presets logically arranged above similarly old-school knobs and buttons for the climate control system. It can make it seem like there are an awful lot of buttons, but this redundancy should alleviate any concerns you might have about operating the otherwise useful MyFord Touch touchscreen interface that's available on the upper trim levels.
Front seats offer a commanding view and good comfort, especially the 10-way power-adjustable models with built-in heating and ventilation found in top trim levels. Rear seat passengers in crew cab models don't get much extra head- or legroom in the redesign, but the fact that the cab is 2 inches wider this year does mean everyone has a little more room to spread out.
There's a fair amount of storage available, whether you choose the standard 40/20/40-split front seat with cubbies built into the folded-down center section, or front bucket seats separated by a sizable center console. Rear seats in both extended and crew cab models flip up to reveal hidden storage for valuable tools or toys.
2015 Ford F-150 models
The 2015 Ford F-150 is a full-size pickup offered in regular, extended (Supercab) and crew cab (Supercrew) body styles. There are three bed lengths: 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet and 8 feet. The new F-150 is also available in five trim levels, including XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum.
Standard equipment on the entry-level XL model starts with 17-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, 60/40-split rear seats (extended and crew cabs), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, manual mirrors and windows, manual locks and a four- or six-speaker sound system with a 4.2-inch display and four speakers (six speakers in crew cab models).
The main option for the XL is Equipment Group 101A. That includes the XL Power Equipment Group that adds automatic headlights, daytime running lights, power mirrors and windows, power door and tailgate locks and keyless entry. Also part of the 101A package are cruise control, a 4.2-inch information display, Ford's Sync voice control and smartphone integration system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and USB and auxiliary audio input jacks for the sound system.
There's also a long list of stand-alone options that include appearance packages, skid plates, running boards, tailgate and box side steps, a spray-in bedliner, an integrated trailer brake controller, a power-sliding rear window, a rearview camera, a CD player, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, different axle ratios and towing packages.
The next step up is the XLT trim level, which adds the content of the 101 package plus 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, chrome exterior trim and extra interior storage. Option groups on the XLT include a 301A package that adds heated mirrors, driver-side and rearview auto-dimming mirrors, a rear window defroster, a Class IV trailer hitch, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, rear under-seat storage, a rearview camera and a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio. A Luxury Option Group 302A adds to that with remote engine start, a power-sliding rear window, LED bed lighting, rear parking sensors, heated 10-way power-adjustable front seats, 110-volt household-style power outlets and the MyFord Touch interface that includes an 8-inch central touchscreen display.
Noteworthy stand-alone options on the XLT (besides the XL options listed above) include 20-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable heated mirrors, mirror-mounted LED spotlights, trailer towing mirrors, the FX4 Off-Road package, a fuel-economy boosting SFE package, a sunroof, front bucket seats with a center console, inflatable rear seatbelts, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, Crew Chief fleet-based telematics and a navigation system.
The upscale Lariat is similar to the XLT with the 302A package but also includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch gauge cluster information display, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, driver seat memory settings and keyless ignition and entry. Many of the XLT's stand-alone options are also available for the Lariat. The Lariat's 502A package goes all out with LED headlights and taillights, automatic high beam headlight control, second-row heated seats (crew cabs only), a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel and a 10-speaker Sony audio system.
On the Lariat you can also get the Technology package (lane-keeping assist and a 360-degree top-down camera display with dynamic hitch assist), power-retractable running boards, adaptive cruise control with frontal collision warning, and automatic parallel parking assist.
The top-of-the line King Ranch and Platinum models share most of the above features along with higher-grade interior materials. Choosing between the two comes down to a preference for western flair or more sophisticated uptown styling.
4.1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Muuuuch better than I thought!
2015 Ford F-150 XLT 4dr SuperCrew 6.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
I've been a Toyota/Honda guy since 1987 because I've always been very happy with their quality and reliability. When I started looking at a full sized pickup, however, I broadened my search to include Ford for 3 very large reasons: They have come a LONG way in the area of quality, their Ecoboost engines offer great fuel economy, and Ford did not take government bailout money. I … originally wanted the SuperCrew, but it did not fit in my garage (about 4 inches too long). So, I went with the SuperCab. The major factor that won me over to the Ford over the Toyota Tundra is the gas mileage. Even at today's prices, I could not justify buying a Tundra that will not get better than 15-16 mpg (real world) on the highway. I've now driven my 2015 2WD Ford F150 XLT for about 1500 miles. It may be a bit too early to draw any concrete conclusion, but at this point I do not think Toyota could have built a truck that is more solid or quiet than the Ford. I've been blown away by how quiet the 2.7L twin-turbo Ecoboost engine is, and the power is more than abundant. Ride quality is pretty much what you'd expect from a truck with an empty bed when going over things like railroad tracks and other bumps in the road. A bit jittery. However, when it comes to highway cruising I've been very pleased with the smoothness of the ride. I'm also very impressed with the sound deadening that Ford employed in the cab. This thing is quieter than the Toyota Avalon that I traded for it. Overall, at this point, I could scarcely be happier with my choice. This is my first ever full sized pickup. If things continue as they have, I think I can honestly say that I will be a Ford truck buyer for life. VERY impressed with the strides they have taken to produce a product with the advanced level of quality that I've experienced in this F150. Update - 2/17/2016 - I now have about 14,000 miles on the truck and very little has changed from my earlier comments. About the only negative that I've found is that the EPA estimates of 19/26 are wildly optimistic. Around town I'm usually at 17-18mpg (probably about 50% highway, 50% in-city), and with pure highway driving I'm usually at 20-21mpg. In fact, on my last 1100 mile drive to Phoenix I averaged about 18 on the highway. I've talked to the Ford dealer about it and all they can say is, "you have to watch how you drive this thing!" The implication is that the issue is with me and that I must drive with a heavy foot on the accelerator. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm very light on the accelerator and I always use the cruise control on long highway trips. I've also since read other reviews and the mileage issue seems to be a pretty common complaint. Fortunately, gas is cheap right now. Update - 8/29/2017 - I now have almost 49,000 miles on the truck and have been blown away by the quality. I've had absolutely no problems with this vehicle. As in, none at all. I have yet to take the thing in for any kind of warranty work. Absolutely nothing has failed. I can't remember the last time I've put almost 50k miles on a vehicle with no issues whatsoever. My biggest complaint is still with the gas mileage. Around town I seem to still be averaging around 17-18 mpg, and on the highway I'm lucky to see 23. Not much to add at this time.
5 out of 5 stars
Still the best vehicle I've ever owned since 1973
2015 Ford F-150 XLT 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 6A)
6th update: February 2021. With the pandemic and being retired I haven't put that much mileage on the vehicle in the past several months. Up to about 80,000 miles now. Still no issues. Before we start going far from the house traveling after this pandemic is better I'll get a new battery just because this one is over 5 yrs old. I did get some new tires. I could have waited a bit more but … wanted new treads for winter. 5th update: It's August 2020. The vehicle will be five years old in November. The mileage is 75,000. The only mechanical repair I've done to this truck is a parking brake cable. I did replace the evaporative control filter located on the top front of the engine. $28 and fifteen minutes with a socket wrench. The tires and brakes passed inspection last November Still in the green. The Ford garage has green, yellow, red rating. I'm thinking that they will also pass this November. If they do I'll be at least 85,000 miles until the next inspection. I find this pretty amazing. Still running smoothly with no issues at all. MPG sill avg. 21.5. I'll consider a battery replacement within a year just to not chance getting stuck at some point. This is still the best vehicle I've had in my lifetime, since 1973. No rust (Maine) with Krown undercoating. definitely the most cost effective. 4th and yet another update. Edmunds send an email and asks me to do this once and awhile. It's Aug. 2018. All that I've written below is still true. No issues. I poked and rear brake light by accident, my fault. Purchased one on Amazon for $89 and it installed in about 10 minutes with two screws. The dealer one was much more expensive. The truck will get one more year on the tires. They'll last through 60,000 miles. Still with plenty of thickness on the same brake pads. probably get 60+k out of them too. No issues at all at this point. Really happy with this. Gas mileage seems to be dropping a bit over time. My mixed 21.5 mph is now around 20.5. Maybe the engine is just beginning to wear a bit. 3rd update It's early 2018, the vehicle is 2015. About 40,000 miles on at this point. Still no issues. I dropped my review a bit in the technology area. Not a big deal, but the vehicle is made so that the USB ports don't have power if the vehicle is off. So, the trac phone I have plugged in will run out of juice over a few days if the truck isn't used. I have to run the truck a bit then re-turn it on. The rest of the stuff is fine though. This is the sync system. Not super great but it works fine, and voice activation doesn't have the personality of my Amazon echo but it's functional. The 2016 version of the f-150 had upgraded to carplay. I understand that's much better. Since I'm only talking about the usb port you can probably guess that I've not had any other issues with the truck. Still the best vehicle I've ever owned and it still rides like driving my living room. Long, sometimes 5000 mile trips roaming the country with our cargo conversion camper is a real pleasure in this vehicle. Fingers crossed until the next update. 2nd update: In four months it will be 3 yrs since purchase. So far so good. No issues with the truck. It still rides, handles, and looks like new. I'm still delivering it once a year to a place in Vermont to do a Krown undercoating, a Canadian undercoating chain. It's penetrating oil based. On those places where heat builds up, like the muffler and differential bell housing, rust spots developed (yes even on the stainless muffler, It's the heat I'm told). I've primed and painted with 2000 degree rust oleum. It's staying on. I'm still loving this vehicle. Fingers crossed for longevity. Update: One year later and I still love it. Issues: left rear backup sensor fires after going through the car wash or a heavy rain when I back up. Stops after it dries. I came off a lifetime of chevys with two being trucks. The last silverado I owned (2003) the frame rusted out at 84,000 miles. Couldn't get it inspected. I don't know what happened. Same garage, roads, and care as my tahoe that had double the mileage and three years older but no problems. Anyway.... This vehicle is quiet, has nice ammenities in the interior. I tell people "It's like driving my living room." The fit and finish are very good. Mileage after 12,000 miles is consistently (calculated by hand) 20.5-21.5 mpg. When I pull my cargo trailer it drops to 12.5 but it's not the weight, it's the drag. The trailer is v-nosed but tall. The v8 is reliable and seems plenty powerful. The only issue is that when using cruise control on hilly areas when towing, it downshifts sort of hard to drop the speed. Then again I don't use cruise control much on hilly areas. I've driven it a lot around town and taken trips that put 5000 miles on it in a few short weeks. Great vehicle so far. I learned to hate my Silverado. I love this truck and so hope not to learn to hate it. Time will tell. BTW.. this one is getting a yearly dose of Krown undercoating.
4 out of 5 stars
Got a Lemon but a nice truck otherwise
2015 Ford F-150 XLT 4dr SuperCrew 6.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Bought a new 2015 XLT 2.7 ecoboost for a great deal. 42250 MSRP and with 7K discount and 7K rebate paid 28K for this truck! First new vehicle in 27 years. Unfortunately it spent 33 days in the shop out of the first 90 days of owning it. It shut the engine off while driving 3 times. Now after 3 repairs attempts it shifts irregularly now and then. Great design and most have no issues but … this one was just not one of those without problems. Highway mileage is awesome, acceleration if really great. Roominess cant be beat and the camera spoils you. I did not like the 8 inch screen that only uses 2 of the 4 boxes if you don't have navigation and climate control, kind of a waste. Ford bought my truck back after the CA lemon lawyer took care of handling it. Decided to stay with used vs new.
5 out of 5 stars
2015 Ford F-150 XLT 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 6A)
My 2015 F-150 is plain out awesome. Ford engineers out did themselves with the redesign of this truck. From the aluminum body to the engine choices, this is one high tech machine. The 5.0L engine has brass ones compared to the 5.4 in my previous truck. It sounds sweet too! The interior is superior to any other truck out there. It's super comfy but also designed for the working … person. No chintzy little buttons here. It's a work horse disguised as a luxury vehicle. I've always owned Ford trucks. I had my last F-150 for 14 years. No body rot or major issues when I traded it for the 2015. Actually the only reason I still don't have it is because I fell in love with the 2015 model and just had to have one. I have no doubt it will last me just as long...if not longer. UPDATE: After 2 1/2 years of ownership I'm still lovin this truck. It has been flawless and has never had to go back to the dealer since the day I brought it home.
2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 18 City / 25 Hwy / 20 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.0 gal. capacity
- 6 seats
- Type: rear wheel drive
- Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
- V6 cylinder
- Horsepower: 282 hp @ 6250 rpm
- Torque: 253 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
- Base Engine Size: 3.5 L
- Base Engine Type: Flex-fuel (ffv)
- Basic Warranty
- 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
- Length: 231.9 in. / Height: 75.3 in.
- Bed Length: 5'7”
- Overall Width with Mirrors: 96.8 in.
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 79.9 in.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5PassengerNot Rated
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover19.1%
More about the 2015 Ford F-150
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The nation's best-selling vehicle always makes headlines when it gets redesigned, but the 2015 Ford F-150 represents one of the most extensive redesigns of any vehicle we can remember.
Its all-aluminum cab and bed has rightly garnered the most attention. But we're really impressed by the everyday benefits of the new cab, thoroughly modernized interior and the mind-boggling array of new features. And the all-new 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 is the real deal, combining tractable power with impressive fuel economy.
What Is It?
This all-new 2015 Ford F-150 represents the dawn of the 13th generation of the perennial best-selling light-duty full-size pickup truck. It would be the world's biggest understatement to say this is a competitive segment, and new releases from crosstown rivals Ram and General Motors have ratcheted up the pressure. It was time for a big move, and Ford has delivered.
Almost everything is new, but the best parts of the outgoing truck carry over. The 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engines are here. Both were introduced halfway through the last design cycle and have plenty of life left in them. The six-speed automatic transmission comes with them and covers every engine in the range.
The new F-150 also sticks with a leaf spring rear suspension. Ram may have earned a bucketload of praise and some new converts for its switch to coil springs, but Ford doesn't feel the need to follow that path with such a big sales lead.
What Has Changed?
Besides, Ford's brain trust had a more radical change in mind: aluminum. The entire body — hood, fenders, cab, doors, bed, tailgate — is made of high-strength military-grade aluminum. The result is a dramatic weight loss to the tune of 700 pounds in the larger cab and bed combinations.
It's not all down to aluminum, though. High-strength steel makes up 78 percent of the fully boxed frame (up from 22 percent) and this enables the use of thinner material. Combine this with other clever design changes and you get a stronger frame that weighs some 70 pounds less.
The point of this extreme diet comes down to the numbers that matter in this segment: payload, towing capacity, MPG. For a given GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), a lighter truck can handle more payload. The same relationship applies to GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) and towing capacity. And a significantly lighter truck will accelerate faster and burn less fuel.
There are four engines available bookended by the base normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and the range-topping 3.5-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V6. In between lie the new 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 and the obligatory 5.0-liter V8. The entry-level normally aspirated V6 engine has been shrunk from 3.7 to 3.5 liters because the XL and XLT trucks it comes in have shed hundreds of pounds.
The new 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 makes a healthy 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. That puts it just below the 5.0-liter V8 in the power hierarchy but far ahead in efficiency. This new turbo V6 just may be the perfect choice for truck users who want some sauce but don't need to tow more than about 8,000 pounds. It has a new start-stop system, too, which promises to cut fuel use for truck-driving city and suburban types.
The new cabs contain everyday benefits that are clearly visible. The front doors have been shortened some 2 inches so the rear doors could be made longer. The result is greatly increased access to the rear of the SuperCab and SuperCrew cabs with zero negative impact up front.
The side window glass extends an inch lower, and the F-150's familiar window dip behind the rearview mirrors now sags an extra 2 inches. This produces excellent outward visibility and a vastly more open feeling. And it's not just a visual trick. The front row of the cab is 0.8 inch wider inside at shoulder height and 2 inches broader at hip level.
And there are way too many new features and options to list. Interior highlights include pushbutton start, an 8-inch "productivity" screen between the gauges and 110-volt outlets that can supply 400 watts. LED lighting abounds, including spotlights on the rearview mirrors.
For the first time advanced safety features like forward collision warning, blind spot and cross-traffic alerts, lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control are available. The rearview camera can be upgraded to a full 360-degree system. You can even get Ford's parallel-parking assist system on the 2015 F-150.
How Many Trim Levels Are There?
Anyone who was perplexed by the current Ford F-150 lineup will appreciate 2015's simplified grade strategy. The range begins with the XL work truck, moves on to the volume-selling XLT and Lariat models and finishes off with the loaded King Ranch and Platinum variants.
Last year's off-road flavored FX4 trim has been converted to an off-road package option that can be added to any trim level. The FX2 and STX trim levels are also history, replaced instead by a Sport Appearance Package for XL, XLT and Lariat.
The XL and XLT are offered in all six cab and bed-length permutations spread across all five wheelbase variants. The Lariat comes as a SuperCab with a 6.5-foot bed or an 8-foot bed or the SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot short bed or 6.5-foot standard bed. King Ranch and Platinum buyers are locked in to the SuperCrew cab, but can choose between the short or standard beds.
The normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 comes standard in XL and XLT, up to and including the SuperCrew with the short bed. Longer XL and XLT trims come standard with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost (4x2) or 5.0-liter V8 (4x4). The Lariat gets the 2.7-liter Ecoboost as its standard offering and the V8 is the base engine in the King Ranch and Platinum. Any of these can be upgraded all the way to the 3.5-liter Ecoboost twin-turbo V6 engine.
As for the Raptor, it's on hiatus until the 2017 model year debuts.
How Does It Drive?
As advertised, the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 moves out smartly and packs a powerful punch, enough to propel our 4x4 test sample from zero to 60 mph in 6 seconds flat at our track. That's some 0.6 second quicker than the 3.5-liter Ecoboost-equipped steel-bodied 2013 F-150 4x4 we tested a couple of years back. Clearly, the aluminum weight-loss program is paying dividends here.
Along the way the 2.7's engine growl is satisfyingly powerful, with a faint overlay of wheeze from its two tiny turbochargers. There's precious little lag as they spin up thanks to ultra-short exhaust manifolds that are cast into the heads themselves.
The 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 feels more potent in this lighter truck, but it also sounds more powerful than previous examples. From inside the cadence is that of a V8, which made us suspicious. Turns out the engine sound of both EcoBoost engines is being auto-tuned through the stereo speakers. Say what you will, but this fakery doesn't come across as fake.
A new Sport shift mode has been added alongside the familiar Normal and Tow-Haul modes. It improves performance by holding gears longer, kicking down more eagerly and downshifting as we brake into corners. But the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine doesn't need it to feel gutsy. Normal mode and Drive make for smooth running thanks to a healthy 375 lb-ft of torque that peaks at 3,000 rpm.
The overall lightness of the 2015 Ford F-150 makes it feel more nimble, a sensation that is further enhanced by a quicker 17.0-to-1 steering ratio in the popular SuperCrew short-bed configuration. Last year the same wheelbase suffered from a ponderous 20.0-to-1 steering gearbox.
But we're on the fence when it comes to the assist calibration of the electronic power steering. The feeling is a bit light, without much buildup in corners to help the driver sense what's going on. We like the Ram 1500 better here, but at least the F-150 duplicates the feel that current F-150 customers expect.
What About Ride Comfort?
On typical roads our empty XLT SuperCrew 4x4 with 18-inch Goodyear rubber shivers a bit as the leaf spring suspension struggles to filter out the small stuff. And that's the rub about the new F-150's lightweight body and the higher payload it enables; the difference between empty and fully loaded has widened, so the rear leaf spring calibration necessary to shoulder the load makes our empty F-150 feel a bit bound up.
Still, the damping is quite effective, and the front and rear play well together when the bumps grow larger. The bigger dips and cattle guards we encounter are sucked up with no crash or kick. Glassy-smooth interstate miles roll by with no float whatsoever.
The 18-inch Goodyears don't make much noise unless the road itself is well past its sell-by date. More noticeable is the early whisper of wind noise that enters the picture at the relatively low speed of 40 mph. But it's never a turbulent sound, and instead of ramping up as speed increases it eventually melts into the background.
What Is the Interior Like?
Extra interior cab width enables wider front-seat spacing for a broader console that both front-seat occupants can share as an armrest. The door armrests match perfectly and the lower side glass is friendlier to those who like to hang their elbow out the window.
Thinner front seats with re-contoured backsides enhance rear legroom and knee clearance to give rear-seat occupants more space. There was never a shortage, but the extra space makes it that much more pleasant. None of this ruins the comfort of the front seats, and the high-end Platinum and King Ranch versions can even be fitted with — wait for it — seat massage systems.
Materials quality is up everywhere we look and touch. And the layout and tactile feel of the various buttons and knobs is light-years ahead of the previous model. It's a big step forward, but enough of the familiar Ford vibe remains to appease the traditionalists.
The console shifter deserves special mention. It's chunky, has good action and fits well in the palm of your hand. And it has just the right shape to make a handy armrest while you fiddle with the climate control system or MyFord touchscreen.
From the Lariat on up, a revised and enlarged 8-inch "productivity" screen sits between the two main gauges. The array of information on offer is substantially greater, but it's also simpler to sift through thanks to the addition of a customizable home screen and a tab structure to quickly identify the various data categories.
What About Cargo and Towing?
As we said before, less weight in the body means more capacity for towing and hauling. The new base 3.5-liter V6 can carry 1,910 pounds and tow up to 7,600 pounds, and the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost has a maximum payload of 2,250 pounds and can tow as much as 8,500 pounds.
Year-over-year differences become clear when we look at the carryover 5.0-liter V8, which can now tow as much as 11,100 pounds instead of 10,000 pounds. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 can now tow up to 12,200 pounds, some 900 pounds more than before. Both can be equipped to shoulder optional maximum payloads in the 3,300-pound neighborhood.
Significantly, these tow rating increases come despite Ford's long-overdue switch to the SAE J2807 tow rating standard. We wonder why it waited because these increases are larger than the weight savings that came with all that aluminum.
The new beds benefit greatly from a new BoxLink system with integrated sockets for tie-down cleats, bed dividers, cargo ramps and other accessories yet to be dreamed up by the aftermarket. The optional tailgate step has been greatly simplified and better hidden. A pair of LED cargo lights sit just inside the tailgate and another shines overhead from the center-mount stop lamp.
On the towing side, the trailer brake controller, extendable towing mirrors and extended-range 36-gallon gas tank are all pick-and-choose options. And the optional 360-degree camera system includes a guide line that moves as you turn the wheel to help you guide the hitch ball under the trailer on the first try.
How About Off-Road?
As ever, the F-150 4x4 consists of a part-time four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case. The 4x4 models cost between $3,500 and $4,500 more than their 4x2 counterparts, depending on configuration.
An electronic locking rear differential can be added for prices that range between $420 and $570, depending on the ratio. This pushbutton-activated unit will stay engaged up to 20 mph, and four-wheel drive does not have to be engaged for it to work.
But the locking diff comes standard if you spend $770 on the FX4 off-road package, which also adds skid plates, hill descent control, unique shock absorber tuning and the inevitable stickers on the sides of the bed. It's a pretty tempting bargain.
Our brief off-road drive didn't let us push the truck to its limit, but it was rough enough and sufficiently tight to appreciate the worth of the FX4 shocks and the value of that new 17-to-1 steering ratio. The optional 18-inch all-terrain tires doled out good grip on slippery surfaces. And the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 demonstrated ample torque and predictable throttle response at low speed in delicate situations.
What Kind of Mileage Does It Deliver?
When it comes to fuel efficiency, the new 2.7-liter Ecoboost engine leads the way with an EPA rating of 22 mpg in combined driving. That's the highest combined number available in a gasoline-powered half-ton pickup. The Ram 1500 Ecodiesel is the only half-ton truck with a higher rating.
Both the base 3.5-liter V6 and the twin-turbo Ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 are now rated at 20 mpg in combined driving while the 5.0-liter V8 delivers 18 mpg in combined driving according to the EPA.
How Much and When Can I Get One?
At the low end, an XL regular cab short bed 4x2 with the basic normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 starts at $26,615.
Move midway up the range to a Lariat SuperCab 4x2 with a 6.5-foot standard bed and you'll be looking at an asking price of $39,880. A top-of-the-line Platinum SuperCrew with the 5.5-foot short bed will set you back $52,155 before you add any upgrades.
Longer beds vary in price from as little as $300 to just over a thousand. The upgrade cost of the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost ranges between $400 and $1,995 depending on which trim level and standard engine you're starting from.
What Are Its Closest Competitors?
On a pure sales basis, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500-series pickups are the Ford's biggest rivals. Both trucks underwent their full redesign just one year ago, and dimensional changes to the crew cab really paid off. These trucks benefit from a lineup of three powerful and efficient EcoTec 3 engines.
The 2014 Ram 1500 has been increasing its market share thanks to a functional and attractive cab and class-exclusive features like smooth-riding coil-spring rear suspension, available four-corner air suspension, a standard eight-speed transmission and an available diesel engine. The Ram's direct-injected 3.6-liter base gasoline V6 engine is a strong choice and the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is, well, a Hemi V8.
The 2015 Toyota Tundra was redesigned last year, too. The truck is solidly built, and its new interior is quite an improvement over the last generation. But its engine and transmission lineup was ignored in this round of updates. The carryover V8 and six-speed transmission are a strong pairing, but fuel economy lags behind.
Why Should You Consider This Truck?
If you're a Ford fan, there is no reason to shy away from this truck. Huge strides have been made, and there's a lot of exciting new content here.
Cross-shoppers and fence sitters will also find a lot to like here. The new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine seems set to offer more than adequate capability and excellent fuel economy for those who don't want to buy something like Ram's 1500 diesel.
Why Should You Think Twice About This Truck?
The 2015 Ford F-150 seems laser-focused on the numbers in an attempt to appeal to those who want the most payload capability they can get. In so doing, the average gap between empty and full has widened, and that means those who don't load up their trucks that often may notice the busier unladen ride.
If your payload needs are modest, if you'll be hauling bulky items instead of heavy ones, if a smooth and quiet unladen ride counts for something, you might prefer the Ram 1500 pickup.
The manufacturer provided this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.
Used 2015 Ford F-150 Overview
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