2015 Ford F-150

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What's New for 2015:
  • Completely redesigned
  • Aluminum body panels
  • Available 2.7-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine
  • Remote-locking tailgate
  • Inflatable rear seat belts
  • New cargo management system and removable ramps
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Rearview camera-assisted trailer hitch aid
  • Snowplow prep package
  • Several added safety features

The 2015 Ford F-150 is a full-size pickup truck offered in regular, extended cab (SuperCab) and crew cab (SuperCrew) body styles available with short or long beds, 2-wheel drive (2WD) or 4-wheel-drive (4WD), one of four engines, and seating for up to 6 occupants. Among the F-150's competitors are the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500, and the Toyota Tundra--all vying to unseat the F-150 as the best-selling vehicle in America.

Models and Features
Offering the most basic of amenities is the 2015 Ford F-150's entry-level model, the XL. It is host to a list of standard features that includes 17-in. steel wheels, locking tailgate, air conditioning, vinyl flooring, basic audio system, and cloth upholstery. The XL can be dressed up with optional power windows and door locks, cruise control, Sync infotainment system, remote unlock and release tailgate, 4.2-in. information screen within the gauge cluster, improved tailgate step, rearview camera, new-for-2015 snowplow prep package, cargo-management system with reconfigurable tie-downs and available load ramps, and various appearance packages that add upgrades such as body-color chrome exterior trim, alloy wheels, special decals, and more.

Next in the pecking order is the F-150 XLT, which boasts standard amenities like 17-in. alloy wheels, carpeting, power locks and tailgate, cruise control, keyless entry, and Sync. Among the XLT's optional upgrades are power-adjustable foot pedals, heated front seats, remote start, redesigned power-sliding rear window, navigation system, 20-in. alloy wheels, and a power moonroof.

For a more luxurious experience, Ford offers the 2015 F-150 Lariat, distinguished by its standard rearview camera, LED cargo bed lights, push-button start, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front power seats with 10-way adjustment, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 8-in. touch-screen infotainment system. Options are plentiful, but highlights include power-folding turn-signal mirrors, heated steering wheel and rear seats, active park assist, and a premium audio system.

The Lariat is followed by the F-150 King Ranch, which has LED headlights and taillights, side steps, power heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, unique 18-in. alloy wheels, genuine wood interior trim, multi-contour front bucket seats, heated rear seats, and a voice-activated navigation system.

Finally, at the top of the F-150 ladder resides the Platinum version. This is where buyers will find power-retractable running boards, satin-finish exterior trim, 20-in. alloy wheels, active high-beam headlights, and a number of special styling touches to the door-sill plates, gauge cluster, center console, and floor mats.

Under the Hood
Included among the many changes accompanying the debut of the 2015 Ford F-150 are those related to the truck's powertrains, of which there are now four. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board.

Starting things off is a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque, and is capable of accommodating a 1,910-lb. payload or towing up to 7,600 lbs., according to Ford. One step above the naturally aspirated 6-cylinder is a turbocharged, 2.7-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine generating 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Ford, this motor can carry a 2,250-lb. payload and pull up to 8,500 lbs.

Next in the 2015 Ford F-150 engine lineup is the 5.0-liter V-8, which makes 385 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque, or enough to haul up to 3,300 lbs. and tow an 11,100-lb. load. Though it may seem surprising, the F-150's new heavy hitter is another 3.5-liter V-6, though this EcoBoost uses a turbocharger to generate 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Buyers who select this option will benefit from a maximum tow rating of 12,200 lbs., with the payload capacity ranging from 3,050 to 3,270 lbs.

Fuel Economy
As this overview is written, the EPA has not yet published fuel-economy figures for the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150. Ford suggests the 2015 model will prove to be 5-20% more efficient than its predecessor.

Safety and Technology
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2015 Ford F-150.

In terms of standard and optional safety equipment, the 2015 F-150 is well equipped. In addition to a multitude of air bags, this redesigned pickup offers access to a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, intelligent cruise control, forward-collision warning, 360-degree exterior camera system, rain-sensing headlights and wipers, lane-departure warning, and inflatable rear seat belts.


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