This Ford F-150 video review includes information about what's new for 2015, including its aluminum body. We discuss available engines, power, fuel economy, towing, ride comfort, interior space and quality. For more information, read the 2015 Ford F-150 review.
The Ford F-150 weighs up to 700 pounds less than the truck it replaces as the result of extensive aluminum use in the construction of its bed and body. As a result of this weight loss, smaller engines can be used. The base V6 is less powerful but more efficient, while a new, smaller 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 debuts. It's really something, bringing a new SuperCab from zero to 60 in 6 seconds. That's incredibly quick.
At the same time, the bigger, 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 carries over unchanged while the 5.0-liter V8 is more powerful. Now, just imagine how much quicker and more capable they'll be with less weight to lug around. Ditto the future Ford Raptor.
As for towing, a properly equipped 3.5-liter EcoBoost is good for a maximum of around 12,000 pounds, which essentially matches the Chevy Silverado's 6.2-liter V8.
Less weight also helps the new F-150 feel less cumbersome to drive, but so does the substantially improved steering and a more car-like driving position created in part by the new telescoping steering wheel. The Ram used to be the least truck-ish truck to drive... this is probably a bit better.
However, the F-150 sticks with rear leaf springs, meaning the coil-spring-equipped Ram still offers a smoother, more comfortable ride and superior stability while towing.
Inside, the materials are substantially improved, the look is more refined, the controls are easy to reach and you could definitely make a case for this having the nicest pickup interior.
This SuperCrew's rear legroom is literally limo-like and there's a fully flat floor - you don't need to flip and fold a stage into place as in the Ram. The extended SuperCab's back seat is just okay - the cushion is short, the back rest is relatively upright and the F-150's now the only extended cab to hang onto its clam shell doors, which are can be a pain in parking lots. However, the F-150 is also the only truck to offer special features like the new remote tailgate and the returning but re-engineered tailgate step.
It total, the Ford F-150 is new, it's improved and certainly worthy of the 600,000 or so people who are bound to buy one this year.