Used 2017 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab Review
Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab
Pros & Cons
- Impressively high tow and payload ratings
- Lots of available comfort, convenience and safety tech
- Wide number of available engines
- Raptor version is outstanding off-road
- Aluminum body panels can be more expensive to repair than steel
- Ride is somewhat stiff when the bed is empty
- We found it difficult to match the 2.7-liter engine's EPA ratings
Which F-150 does Edmunds recommend?
Several engines are available for the F-150, but one is a standout. The newly redesigned 3.5-liter V6 and its accompanying 10-speed automatic are an extremely appealing combo, and we'd have a hard time picking a different engine from the F-150 lineup. The Lariat offers a good balance between luxury and everyday pickup usability, so we'd go with that one. It's not much more than the XLT equipped with the 302A package, with which it shares most of its features. And since we're social creatures here at Edmunds, we'd give our friends breathing room that only the cavernous SuperCrew affords.
Full Edmunds Review: 2017 Ford F-150 Regular Cab
The 2017 Ford F-150's venerable 5.0-liter V8 isn't as quick as the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, but it's still got enough thrust to support an attractive tow rating. The basic goodness of the chassis and driving experience stays the same no matter which engine you buy.
There's a lot to like about the F-150 Lariat. The front and rear seats both provide appropriate support and all-day comfort, and the cabin environment is quiet and calm. The FX4 off-road package does stiffen the ride somewhat, but never to objectionable levels — and it's an option.
The F-150 Lariat gets high marks for everyday ease of use and interior quality. Combined with the ratings for comfort, it's simply a pleasant place to spend a full day on the road.
The F-150 features plenty of anchor points in the bed to secure cargo, and interior storage is generous. The center armrest bin is positively huge, as are the door pockets, and there are clever spots to hold your personal items.
The Sync 3 infotainment system that comes on midtier and above F-150 models is quick to respond to user inputs and easy to use. Smartphone-friendly amenities such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also on tap to beam popular apps onto the touchscreen.
Edmunds Insurance Estimator
The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2017 Ford F-150 in Virginia is:$64.58 per month*