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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 variety of V6s and a 5.0-liter V8.
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. A diesel engine is also available. 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. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard.
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2015-2019
2015 Redesign Year
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.
$23,200 - $60,575
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$20,000 - $55,175
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$18,750 - $49,325
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$17,475 - $36,650
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$15,500 - $30,350
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2009-2014
2009 Redesign Year
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.
$12,100 - $34,800
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$10,550 - $31,200
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$8,950 - $27,200
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$7,875 - $24,600
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$6,400 - $20,800
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$5,650 - $13,950
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2004-2008
2004 Redesign Year
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.
$4,525 - $10,600
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$4,275 - $9,375
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$3,975 - $8,850
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$3,100 - $8,050
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$3,025 - $13,675
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1998-2003
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.
$2,975 - $12,350
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$2,850 - $11,075
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$2,850 - $10,025
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$2,850 - $7,875
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