The 2017 Ford F-150 pickup is the big Kahuna, the top of the food chain and the king of all it surveys. The F-Series trucks have been the best-selling new vehicle in the world for decades, and Ford is determined to keep that record.
Buyers don't want a truck that doesn't meet their needs. So the F-150 is available as everything from a stripped-down, regular-cab work truck that's built to take decades of hardworking abuse up to a four-door crew-cab chockablock with technology and luxury. Some of that technology is neat stuff, including a Pro Trailer Backup Assist system that allows you to precisely pilot the truck by using a single knob when towing a trailer. The Sync 3 information, navigation and entertainment system works intuitively and rapidly.
When lavishly equipped, it may be that the F-150 is the most luxurious vehicle ever sold as a Ford. But the signature feature of this F-150 is its aluminum body, which knocks its curb weight down to the lowest in the class.
Under the hood, the marquee news is that the popular twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 has been significantly tweaked and is now paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The payoff should be better fuel economy, better performance and bragging rights for anyone who takes particular pride in the size of a gearbox.
But it's the return of the F-150 Raptor after a two-year absence that is most heartening to hardcore truck fans. Now powered by a version of the EcoBoost V6, the Raptor is wider and more powerful and has an even better suspension than the old Raptor. And that makes it dizzyingly delicious. Expect the Raptor — the Ferrari of factory off-road trucks — to remain in short supply throughout the 2017 model year.
Even in aluminum, the F-150 is a big truck, and big trucks get crummy mileage. The most fuel-efficient F-150 model is a base, regular-cab, two-wheel-drive version, powered by the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6. It gets an EPA-rated 21 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway). Coming in with less stellar numbers is a 4x4 F-150 with the big four-door cab and the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. You can expect 19 mpg combined from it (17 city/21 highway).
Full-size trucks are available in so many variations, with so many available options, that just comprehending the breadth of possibilities can be mind-boggling. But never fear: Edmunds is here to help you select the 2017 Ford F-150 that's just right for you.