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Ford F-150

  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Ford's big-selling pickup truck has an all-aluminum body, which saves about 700 pounds over its steel-bodied predecessor. Engine choices include a new 3.3-liter V6, 2.7- and 3.5-liter turbo V6s, and a 5.0-liter V8. For 2018, the 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter turbo V6s and the V8 are teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both turbo V6s are quiet and effortless, lending themselves to towing. Fuel economy is commendable. In our tests the 2.7 got 19 mpg overall. The 2.7 is also surprisingly quick from 0 to 60 mph. The cabin is very quiet, but the ride is stiff and jittery. Handling is ponderous but ultimately secure. We recommend getting the optional Sync 3 infotainment system. The 2018 truck also gets pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. Diesel and hybrid versions are on the horizon.
All Ratings & Reliability
2015 Redesign Year
Ford F-150 2017
A redesigned F-150 arrived for 2015 with an aluminum body that saved 700 pounds for better fuel economy. Our tested crew-cab models were cavernously proportioned front and rear. Both were almost tomb-silent as well. The driving position is comfy and roomy, while the standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and optional power-adjustable pedals accommodate truckers of all shapes and sizes. While large windows and relatively narrow pillars provide good visibility, a rearview camera was an option. The towing package adds an integrated trailer brake controller, towing mirrors, and a revised rear axle ratio. We'd get the XLT or higher trim, as the basic XL work-truck version limits the availability of desirable comfort and safety features.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $30,150 - $40,200 $27,200 - $36,950
2016 $21,700 - $44,875 $19,000 - $41,000
2015 $19,450 - $38,800 $16,650 - $35,450
2009 Redesign Year
Ford F-150 2014
Freshened in 2009, the F-150 gained standard stability control. A revised six-speed automatic transmission also produced better fuel economy. Handling was secure and braking performance was also vastly improved, though some testers complained about poor feel from the pedal. A spacious interior and a deep cargo bed are also pluses. On the other hand, the ride is stiff and the engine sounds unrefined when pressed. However, road noise is held to a whisper and wind rush barely exceeds background levels. Crash-test results and cabin storage are impressive, while Ford's Sync system provides voice control for phone calls and music players.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $15,250 - $41,725 $12,430 - $38,000
2013 $12,475 - $36,750 $9,700 - $33,150
2012 $10,600 - $32,825 $7,845 - $29,260
2011 $9,325 - $29,425 $6,595 - $25,895
2010 $8,375 - $23,775 $5,620 - $20,320
2009 $7,625 - $16,700 $4,865 - $13,415
2004 Redesign Year
Ford F-150 2008
The 2004 redesign endowed the Ford F-150 with ride and handling improvements, including a tight (for a full-size pickup truck) 47 ft. turning circle. Crash-test results also improved significantly. However, braking performance was just adequate in our tests and the powertrain isn't very smooth. On the other hand, offroad performance is commendable, interior comfort is also good and outward visibility is too. The spring assisted tailgate makes loading cargo easier. This version of the Ford F-150 also demonstrates better noise isolation, as well as fit and finish, than its predecessor.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2008 $6,825 - $14,875 $4,110 - $11,660
2007 $6,175 - $13,900 $3,505 - $10,755
2006 $5,375 - $10,600 $2,755 - $7,655
2005 $4,850 - $9,000 $2,255 - $6,155
2004 $3,975 - $14,500 $1,550 - $11,330
Ford F-150 2003
The F-150 is the half-ton version of Ford's best-selling F-Series pickup line. Like most pickups, it offers multiple configurations and powertrains. During our tests, the boxy pre-1997 F-150 rode well and quietly on most roads. Its ride and braking improved with a full load. We found the seats erect, but roomy. Ford completely redesigned the F-150 for 1998, improving comfort, handling, and refinement. An optional third door on extended-cab models became available in 1998, and a fourth door was offered in 1999. The supercharged SVT Lightning serves up sports-car-quality acceleration. A four-door crew-cab was introduced for 2001.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2003 $3,600 - $14,450 $1,220 - $11,220
2002 $3,275 - $12,225 $1,100 - $9,300
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A