The 2015 Ford F-150 was the best-selling truck in the country in 2015, a title it has held for 40 years and counting. Naturally, with so many F-150s on the market, it makes a great used truck choice. Completely redesigned in 2015, the F-150 gained better powertrain choices, a more rugged look and lots of advanced engineering, such more use of weight-saving aluminum and additional safety technology.
The F-150 offers more power and better fuel economy than its RAM and Chevy rivals, and it also handles better thanks to a loss of some 700 pounds compared to the 2014 truck. The F-150’s 3,300-lb payload number also trumps its competitors, as does its 12,200-lb tow rating. See the 2015 Ford F-150 models for sale near you
What We Like
Impressive engine lineup; excellent payload and towing figures; modern and well-sorted interior; good fuel economy
What We Don’t
Aluminum bed may be less sturdy than steel; no diesel model to challenge the Ram EcoDiesel; soft brake pedal feel
Fuel Economy & Engine Specs
The 2015 F-150 offers four different powertrain options. A base-level 3.5-liter V6 makes 283 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, while the smaller 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 puts out 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. The F-150 also offers a traditional V8 in the form of a 5.0-liter good for 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, there’s the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that produces a muscular 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel economy with the 2.7-liter V6 is rated at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Adding 4-wheel drive to the mix lowers those figures to 18 mpg city/23 mpg hwy. The 3.5-liter V6 returns nearly identical figures of 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy with 2-wheel drive and 17 mpg city/22 mpg hwy with 4WD. The turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 returns 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy with 2WD and 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy with 4WD. Finally, the V8’s fuel economy figures bottom out at 15 mpg city/22 mpg hwy with 2WD and 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy with 4WD. Both the normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 engines are also flex fuel compatible.
Standard Features & Options
Ford offered the 2015 F-150 in a number of trims and configurations, as well as with a host of engines, cab styles and bed lengths. Trim levels include base, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum.
The base-level F-150 model features the 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic transmission, AM/FM stereo with a clock (but no CD player or USB functionality), a 4.2-in screen in the center stack for audio controls, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, a 40/20/40 split bench front seat, side-curtain airbags, manual windows and mirrors and 17-in steel wheels.
The XLT brings SYNC voice recognition, a CD player and auxiliary input jack, power windows, remote keyless entry, power door locks and 17-in alloy wheels.
The Lariat brings the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable pedals with memory, driver’s seat memory, keyless access with push-button start, Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system and its accompanying 8-in touchscreen, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a backup camera.
The King Ranch adds the 5.0-liter V8 engine, a remote starter, a remote tailgate release, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 10-speaker Sony sound system, 18-in alloy wheels and a series of chrome accents.
At the top of the F-150 hierarchy is the Platinum trim that includes genuine wood interior trim, a voice-activated navigation system, automatic high-beam detection, a blind spot monitoring system, power running boards, 20-in alloy wheels and a series of exterior upgrades.
The 2015 Ford F-150 holds its value fairly well, better than the Ram 1500, on par with the Chevrolet Silverado and just slightly behind the Toyota Tundra. The more expensive King Ranch and Platinum seem to lose value faster than the XLT and Lariat, so if you’re willing to spend more money you might be able to get a really nicely equipped truck for a good price. To get a good idea of the F-150’s price range, we suggest using the used car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has issued the following recalls for the 2015 Ford F-150.
Recalls were issued for the following problems: an inflatable left rear seatbelt buckle that may detach from its mount; a door latch that may unlatch in a side impact; improperly anchored seatbelts; unexpected braking when using adaptive cruise control; a steering wheel intermediate shaft may detach, causing loss of steering control; and a loose or missing underbody heat shield that could lead to the risk of fire.
Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you. You can also check the NHTSA website; simply enter your vehicle’s identification number for a list of performed recall repairs.
Safety Ratings & Warranties
In crash tests, the 2015 F-150 earned an overall score of five out of five stars from the NHTSA, with five stars in the front- and side-impact crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 F-150 its highest rating of Good in every test and chose it as a Top Safety Pick.
The 2015 F-150 left the factory with a fully transferable 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Ford does offer extended warranties on its certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles, which include 7 years/100,000 miles on the powertrain from the date the car entered service and a 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive plan for cars no longer covered by the basic factory warranty. CPO cars also undergo a rigorous 172-point inspection to repair or replace any part that’s not up to Ford’s standards.
Other Cars to Consider
Chevrolet Silverado — The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can’t equal the F-150’s features, ride, power or towing, but it is a reliable workhorse with a better infotainment setup and a more powerful V8 engine.
GMC Sierra — The Sierra is a mechanical twin to Chevrolet’s full-size Silverado. If you like the Chevy, you’ll like the GMC — and we suggest shopping them both to see where you can get a better deal.
RAM 1500 — We still like the interior better in high-end versions of the RAM 1500. We also like the RAM’s available air suspension and its optional diesel powertrain. Otherwise, the F-150 outshines the RAM when it comes to capacities, equipment and driving experience.
We think you’ll probably make your best deal on a nicely-equipped Lariat or XLT, especially if you’re using your truck for its intended purpose. We’d look for one with the 3.5-liter turbo and 4WD. Those looking for a bit more luxury will be more than satisfied with the King Ranch or Platinum, but as most of these trucks pushed $60,000 when new, you’ll be shelling out as much for a used version as you would a brand new XLT.