The Ford F-150 has been through a lot over its years, including the wild redesign of the mid 1990s that redefined the styling of a pickup. Despite all of its changes, one thing has remained consistent for decades, and that is its status as the best-selling pickup in the U.S.

For 2016, the F-150 blazes yet another path in the pickup segment, as it moves to a lighter aluminum body. While this does hack around 700 pounds of heft from the pickup’s curb weight, can a tough pickup truck really be made from aluminum?

Continue reading our review of the 2016 F-150 to find out.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Ford F-150 has almost countless configurations to choose from, so there is a very broad range of prices. The lowest entry fee into the F-150 lineup is the XL trim with a regular cab, a 6.5-foot bed, two-wheel drive, and the 3.5-liter V-6. This configuration rings in at just $25,071. At this low price, the F-150 comes ready to do hard work with basic features like:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Cloth seating
  • Air conditioning
  • Four-speaker audio system

For buyers looking for more than just a basic work truck, there are tons of other trim levels to choose from that have more premium features. These include the $29,416 XLT, the $36,809 Lariat, the $45,982 King Ranch, the $48,246 Platinum, and the $54,100 Limited.

Performance Pros

Ford F-150

Many years ago, trucks only had a few engine options that typically included one underpowered V6 and a fuel-hungry V8. Today, thanks to modern turbocharging and other new bits, the F-150 has four competent engines to choose from. All of these engine choices give the buyer the ability to fine tune his or her pickup.

  • Huge range of engines from a 282-horsepower V6 to a 385-horsepower V8
  • Massiv towing and payload capacity
  • Decent fuel economy from EcoBoost V6 engines

Performance Cons

There is not much to complain about in terms of the 2016 F-150’s performance, except its fuel economy with its range-topping V8 -- just 15 mpg city.

Interior Pros

The F-150’s cabin can be whatever you want -- as luxurious or as stripped down as you need.

Interior Cons

With so many upscale features to choose from, the F-150 can sometimes feel a little soft from the inside. The interiors in upper-end models seem a tad too decked-out for a truck.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Ford F-150 Interior

The F-150 still performs like a truck, but it also offers tons of comfort. Everything from its ride to the cabin noise are quite un-truck-like. Some may prefer the bouncy feel of the traditional pickup, but the F-150 certainly does not have this, so it can also work well as a daily driver.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The new aluminum body is great for reducing weight, preventing dings, and increasing fuel efficiency, but there is a bad side to it. This dark side of using military-grade aluminum is the fact that is much more expensive than traditional steel to repair.

The Bottom Line

Ford F-150 Grille

The 2016 Ford F-150 is the leader in pickup sales in America for a reason. Its wide range of engines, cab configurations, and feature choices works well for all types of buyers. It also looks like a truck while being pretty easy to approach. You definitely can’t go wrong with the F-150, but make sure you’re checking out what Dodge, Chevy, and GM have to offer before settling on the blue oval.