Substantially improved interior; excellent driving dynamics; impressive capabilities; good gas mileage
Interior still not exactly luxurious; styling too similar to last year's model
The Ford F-150 is fully redesigned for the 2015 model year. Changes include revised styling, an overhauled interior, new features, all-aluminum construction that saves weight and improves fuel economy, and a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.
The best F-150 for us would either be a well-equipped XLT or a fairly basic Lariat model. Unfortunately, that can still be a pricey proposition, coming in at around $40,000 with shipping. Trucks are more expensive than they ever have been before, however, and the F-150, more than any of its rivals, justifies that increasingly pricey MSRP with its winning combination of standard and optional equipment, great fuel economy, excellent powertrains and an impressive driving experience. Find a Ford F-150 for sale
The 2015 F-150 comes in a wide variety of configurations, offering a host of engines, bed and cab lengths, and a choice between 2- or 4-wheel drive. There are also five trim levels, down from last year's 10. They are, from least to most expensive, the base-level F-150, followed by the XLT, the Lariat, the King Ranch and the upscale Platinum.
Base-level F-150 models ($26,200) come with only the basics. That means the pickup's 3.5-liter V6, which is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. There's also an AM/FM stereo with a clock (but no CD player or USB functionality), a 4.2-inch screen in the center stack for audio controls, air conditioning, side-curtain airbags, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel and little else. The base-level F-150 doesn't even include keyless entry or power windows as standard equipment.
Next up is the F-150 XLT, which starts around $31,500 with shipping. This version adds a wider range of typical convenience features, including cruise control, a single CD player and an auxiliary input jack for music, Ford's SYNC voice-recognition system, power door locks, remote keyless entry, power windows and 17-in alloy wheels.
In the middle of the F-150 range is the Lariat ($39,500), which adds the pickup's 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine as standard equipment. The F-150 Lariat also adds leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power adjustable pedals with memory, keyless access with a push-button starter, Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment system and its accompanying 8-in touchscreen, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a backup camera.
The King Ranch ($48,200) follows after that, boasting a standard 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.
Topping the range is the high-end F-150 Platinum ($51,800), which 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 F-150 also offers a wide range of options, which means that you don't have to stick to the basics of each trim level. Base-level F-150 models can be upgraded with many of the XLT's features, for instance, and so on. Some major options include a panoramic sunroof, Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, 4-wheel drive, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control and a lane-keep assist function.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
Chevrolet Silverado -- Fully redesigned for 2014, Chevrolet's full-size Silverado pickup can't quite match the F-150's driving experience or its gas mileage, but it does offer newer, more muscular styling that sets it apart from last year's truck.
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.