Ford broke all of the pickup truck rules with the current F-150. From its aluminum construction—which shaves about 700 pounds—to small turbo V6 engines, the company has shaken things up in a category not usually known for innovation.

The weight-loss program and high-tech wizardry pay off with an impressive 17 mpg overall fuel economy from the 2.7-liter turbo V6, and the beefier 3.5-liter turbo V6 gets 16 mpg. Both engines provide plenty of punch, with quick acceleration and effortless towing ability. You can get a 385-hp, 5.0-liter V8, but the turbo V6 engines have more torque. The 3.5 turbo is actually the best choice for towing, with a maximum rating of 11,500 pounds.

On the road, however, the driving experience falls flat. The steering was vague and slow to respond, and the ride was fidgety and unsettled on all surfaces. Keeping within your lane on narrow roads requires close attention. And the wide turning circle doesn’t help with parking. Stopping distances were long, which is typical for the class.

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Inside, our tested crew-cab models had cavernous room both front and rear, and both were almost tomb-silent. The driving position is comfy and roomy. A standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and optional power-adjustable pedals can accommodate drivers of all shapes and sizes. Large windows and relatively narrow pillars provide good visibility. But a rear camera—a necessity with a truck—costs extra.

A wide range of trim levels and option packages are available. Our tested XLT 3.5 trim was as plush as a mid-grade family sedan. There are lots of clever features, including a tailgate ladder and side-mirror spotlights. Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system is among the best available.

Forward-collision warning, blind-spot warning, and lane-departure warning and prevention are all optional.

Read the complete Ford F-150 road test.

Why Buy One

  • Effortless power from turbo engines, even when towing
  • Crew cab’s rear-seat room
  • Sync 3 infotainment system is easy to use
  • Crash-test results
  • Optional features like a tailgate ladder and surround-view camera

Why Not Buy One

  • So-so front-seat comfort
  • Aluminum body requires repairs by a qualified body shop
  • Choosing those unique, handy features quickly raises price

Best Version to Get

We’d get an XLT or higher trim to get desirable features. The 2.7-liter V6 is a wise choice. Unless you're towing a huge trailer, resist the temptation to buy more engine than you need. We’d also get the optional rear camera, blind-spot warning, and surround-view systems. 

2017 Ford F-150 review