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Editor's Overview

The all-new Ford F-150 uses an all-aluminum body for 2015. This change makes the F-150 lighter, more capable, more fuel efficient and makes it possible to use a smaller engine to power the full-size truck. The new F-150 also has best-in-class towing and payload capacity. That and the quality luxury cabin should keep the F-150 firmly in the #1 sales spot in America.

You'll Like The 2015 Ford F-150 If...

The all-new F-150 offers best-in-class towing and payload capacity, plus smaller displacement engines with impressive fuel economy. It's built for hard work, yet has a quiet cabin filled with modern luxury amenities. It has a wide offering of cabs, engines, trim levels and interiors.

You May Not Like The 2015 Ford F-150 If...

The F-150 is a big truck that doesn’t fit in most single-car garages. Its size is comparable to a Ram or Silverado, but if you want something smaller, you may want to consider a Colorado, Tacoma or Frontier. Pricing can escalate to above $60,000, and there's no diesel engine available.

What's New

For 2015, the all-new F-150 has a new look, a redesigned frame and a body that's now made of aluminum. There are two new engines available, as well as a new interior with high-tech options, and features that make it easier for the full-size truck to tow and haul.

Interior Features

Tough meets modern in the 2015 Ford F-150, where buyers can get cool features like two 3-prong power outlets, smart cruise control, active park assist, and the ability to have the Sync infotainment system read text messages to you while you drive. The SuperCrew (crew cab) is extremely roomy, with rear-seat legroom that would make some full-size sedans envious. The F-150's floor is flat, making the middle rear seat comfortable, while also allowing more room for storage. Also making the cab comfortable are seats that have been carefully sculpted to reduce fatigue.

Exterior Features

The 2015 Ford F-150 has the only truck body that's made of aluminum, but using that material doesn’t reduce the truck's capability or strength. When it comes to the F-150's exterior, the style is rugged and bold, but much of its appearance was inspired by function. Its LED headlights and taillights look good, but more important, they use less energy. LED spotlights come in handy in poorly lit areas like campgrounds. There are pop-out steps at the bed sides to make it easier to reach cargo. Even the seamless sliding rear window looks good, but is designed to reduce complexity.

Driving Impressions

While initially skeptical about a small-displacement engine powering a large truck, our concerns quickly vanished once we were out on the road. Ford's engineers have pulled 700 pounds out of the F-150, and with that, a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 makes the full-size truck feel spry and agile. There is a larger EcoBoost engine available, but unless you plan on towing 12,000 pounds, it isn't necessary. We towed, drove off-road and enjoyed a long road trip, and the F-150 was wonderfully consistent and confident in every arena, no matter what challenge we threw at it. The ride is comfortable, but the brakes are a little touchy. The new F-150 is quiet inside, and its cabin contains cool, functional features like a 360-degree camera to make it easier to park, a bevy of safety features, and cabin choices that range from hose-it-out basic to downright posh.

Pricing Notes

The 2015 Ford F-150 starts at a competitive $26,615 for the regular cab, 2-wheel-drive XL. With that, the full-size truck has a regular-length bed – 6-1/2 feet – and the base 3.5-liter V6. One of the key areas where Ford is focused on aggressive pricing is with the engines. Looking at that same XL, you can upgrade to the excellent 2.7-liter EcoBoost for just $795, or to the 5.0-liter V8 for $1,595. On the other end of the spectrum, the most expensive trim level is the Platinum, which costs almost $64,000 when you check off most of the options boxes. This soon after the new F-150's release, it's a little early to calculate resale values, but if you want the confidence of knowing what folks in your area are paying for their new trucks, check out the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.

Notable Equipment

Every F-150 gets the same ultra-strong hydroformed, fully boxed frame, which uses significantly more high-strength steel than in 2014. Aside from the solid foundation, one of the most impressive things about the 2015 F-150 is that the equipment that comes standard makes it easy for an F-150 owner to get work done safely without breaking the bank. All F-150s also come with hill-start assist and Trailer Sway Control, both extremely handy when towing. Also standard are fail-safe cooling, and Curve Control, which works to keep the truck under control if the driver goes into a turn too fast.

Notable Options

For an additional fee, you can get running boards that deploy when a door is opened and retract when the door closes. Front passengers are offered heated and cooled seats and rear-seat passengers can get seat heaters too. On the safety front, the 2015 Ford F-150 is offered with inflatable rear seat belts and a blind-spot information system. A voice-activated navigation system is available, which gives you real-time traffic updates. You can have text messages read to you as you drive. The ultimate options are the Platinum and King Ranch models, which deliver top-of-the-line equipment and model-specific style.

Favorite Features

TAILGATE TECH

Ford's tailgate step, integrated into the tailgate itself, makes it easy to get into and out of the F-150's bed. Also available on the F-150 are integrated cargo ramps mounted below the tailgate, making it convenient to load wheeled work equipment, motorcycles or ATVs. And the tailgate can be lowered remotely by pushing a button on the key fob.

360-DEGREE CAMERA

Once seen as a luxury option, the 2015 Ford F-150 is available with a 360-degree camera. Not only does this help when parking, but it offers something a luxury sedan can't boast: The camera comes in handy for added visibility when driving at low speeds on a trail.

Under the Hood

There are four F-150 engines to choose from: one regular V6, two twin-turbo V6s and a traditional V8. While Ford hasn’t announced fuel economy numbers yet, it expects that fuel efficiency will be up to 20 percent better than in the 2014 F-150. All four engines use a 6-speed automatic transmission. Ford doesn't offer a diesel engine in the 2015 F-150, but it does have two excellent twin-turbocharged V6 engines that have plentiful torque and are ready for towing and hauling. And those who aren't interested in a turbo V6 can look into the trusty 5.0-liter V8.

3.5-liter V6

283 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm

255 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (2WD), 17/23 mpg (4WD)

2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6

325 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm

375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (2WD), 18/23 mpg (4WD)

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6

365 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm

420 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (2WD), 17/23 mpg (4WD)

5.0-liter V8

385 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm

387 lb-ft of torque @ 3,850 rpm

EPA city/high fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (2WD), 15/21 mpg (4WD)

Editors' Notes

Ford is making a big change with America's most popular truck: For 2015, the all-new F-150 becomes the first in its segment to have an aluminum body, setting it apart from competitors Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan. The move to aluminum makes the new F-150 capable of hauling more payload, and its weight reduction improves fuel economy while making it possible to use a smaller engine to power the full-size truck. The F-150 has best-in-class towing and payload capacity, yet is also one of the most luxurious trucks out there. It runs the gamut from base XL to XLT, Lariat, cowboy-tinged King Ranch, and top-of-the-line Platinum, with 2- or 4-wheel drive, and regular, SuperCab (extended) and SuperCrew (crew) cabs.

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2015 Ford F-150

The performance of the 2015 Ford crew pickup is excellent, no problems noticed. It is very reliable, easy start up. It rides smooth, quiet and has a lot of power. All the controls are within easy reach. The pedals can be power adjusted. There is also an outlet on the front panel. The cab and body is made almost entirely of aluminum giving it a reduced weight from 500 to 700 which is great for fuel economy. The seats are very comfortable and adjust perfectly to your body and back. The seats are also heated which is an added plus in the cold weather. Five adults can fit easily in this vehicle with plenty of legroom the sound system is great and it can also be adjusted by using the steering wheel. Your cell phone can be paired up which makes it so easy to talk hands free with voice recognition 'the headlights come on and go off automatically. Backing up is made so easy with the backup camera. If anything is in back of the truck the sensors will start beeping. Three adults can easily fit in the back seats which are very spacious and fold up when needed to make room for tools or pets. The cab is also spacious enough to carry larger tools and cargo. When the back seat is folded up the floor is completely flat. The console in the front is also very large and has a lot of storage room. Great for towing, it has 8400 pound towing capacity. Tow you camper, trailer or boat with ease.

- Vera F

Mom's don't have to drive minivans!

2015 Ford F-150 Lariat w/HD Payload Pkg

The thing that keeps me coming back to an F150 each time I get a new vehicle is the amount of interior space. We can travel as a family and have plenty of room for snacks and toys. I love the ease of flipping up the split back seat when I need to haul large items inside. The heated seats are wonderful and really get a good temp. The cooling seat feature is hit or miss. It often ends up heating the back while cooling the bottom. I really enjoy a sunroof so the double one on the F150 is twice the enjoyment on a sunny day! I have so much confidence in my truck and that it will go when I need it to and get me out of areas when needed. The V8 is remarkable, I find it sad that there are less and less available as the ecoboost and eco-diesels are gaining popularity. I have had a few issues with it... The sunroof and back window have both broken. The sunroof was repaired under warranty but the back window happened after that expired. One of the back doors wouldn't latch closed very soon after I bought it and that was upsetting to deal with as they wouldn't give me a loaner and I needed to drive my kids around with the door closed. Only other issue has been the seat cooler actually heating. One final note, my feet freeze and the floor blower on the driver side doesn't do much. All very small issues in my opinion. My next truck will be another F150.

- Kathryn H

The ford f150 is for everyone, and the truck is useful in a variety of ways.

2015 Ford F-150 XL

My f150 seats 5 people comfortably, 6 if u lift the middle console. The interior is cloth and has begun to rip only after 4yrs. (I am sure me, with kids caused a lot of unnecessary wear n tear) I love the ability to fit all my kids and use the tail bed to carry a large amount of items, but the gas mileage is a bit higher than ove seen compared to other trucks. One huge problem is that ford made it impossible for consumers to change spark plugs themselves. A special tool is required. 3xs i've spent $700+ to service the truck for the same exact issue, (spark plugs and something causing misfiring). Other than that I haven't had any complaints, and many cosmetic defects ive been able to fix or replace myself. I have put a great amount of miles, hauled a lot of items (moving, purchases, tools, etc) and it is still going. It's also been great during floods, and bad weather. While some wouldn't be able to drive through the flooded areas, the height of the truck made it possible for me. And if I didn't mention it, I added a tow hitch and although the xtra weight consumed more gas, I was able to tow a friends car. Over all id recommended this truck to anyone. It's the perfect size for anyone (teens to elder adults) with an easier ability to maneuver the large truck, compared to others.

- Tiffany S

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