Since its complete redesign for the 2015 model year, the F-150 has remained poised to maintain its decades-long streak as America's top-selling vehicle. Not just the best-selling pickup, but the most popular model of any kind. Buyers can be assured of rugged performance over the long haul, plus modern technology and a growing choice of luxury trappings.
What's New for 2017
A new powertrain is available, consisting of a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new engine produces 10 more horsepower and 50 more pound-feet of torque than it predecessor. Ford has announced production of a Limited Edition Dallas Cowboys model. Only 400 will be built. A new STX Appearance package is available. Sync Connect is now available on the XLT and above.
Choosing Your Ford F-150
The current F-150 makes extensive use of aluminum body panels to keep weight down. Underneath is a traditional truck frame made of high-strength steel.
The engine roster starts with a 3.5-liter V6 good for 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Next is the turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, which delivers 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet. The F-150 wouldn't be a full-size pickup without a V8 choice. The 5-liter V8 generates 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque. A multi-fuel option lets it run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane. The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 yields 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Ford also offers a high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, rated at 410 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, although it's used in the exclusive Raptor model only.
When it comes to maximum towing capacities, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost wins at up to 12,200 pounds, followed closely by the V8 at 11,100. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost can handle up to 8,500 pounds, while the base V6 maxes out at 7,600.
The standard six-speed automatic transmission features Sport and Tow/Haul modes. The new 10-speed automatic is available om all trim levels, and standard on the Limited and Raptor.
Available across the board is a four-wheel drive system with low-range gearing. You can also add Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which lets you steer a trailer while backing up using only a dash-mounted knob. The truck's steering and speed adjust automatically.
As usual, you can choose from three cab styles: the three-person Regular Cab, the SuperCab with a full-width backseat and narrow rear-hinged back doors, and the SuperCrew, which features full-size rear doors and additional rear legroom. The Regular Cab comes standard with a 6.5-foot cargo bed, and an 8-footer is optional. SuperCab and SuperCrew models get a 6.5-foot bed; but with the SuperCrew, you can downsize to 5.5-foot bed.
Trim levels continue to run the gamut from basic to surprisingly indulgent:
Unless cost is your main concern, the XL is best left to work applications. Most buyers prefer the XLT, which can be equipped to meet a wide range of needs and tastes. The Lariat and above are too fancy inside to populate with muddy boots and overalls, but are viable alternatives to premium-brand crossovers and SUVs. The Limited is the most luxurious pickup ever produced by Ford, while the revived Raptor targets a select audience of truck enthusiasts.