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.
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2017 Ford F-150 Overview
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.
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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.
2017 Ford F-150 Review
The best-selling vehicle in America, the 2017 Ford F-150, has options for buyers looking to put it to work or those just looking to drop the kiddos off at school every day.
Pricing and Equipment
The 2017 Ford F-150 is available in a huge variety of trim levels and configurations, starting with the two-wheel-drive, regular cab XL, at $28,025, and capping off with the four-wheel-drive Limited in the largest SuperCrew body for $64,515 (all prices include destination fees).
Most buyers will find the XLT SuperCab – that's two normal doors in front and a pair of reverse-hinged half doors in back – which starts from $36,280, a nice fit. This model comes standard with:
- Power windows, locks, and mirrors
- Ford MyKey
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Chrome bumpers and trim
Buyers looking for a pickup with some serious performance may want to consider the Raptor, which starts from $50,155. This Baja-ready pickup comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
There are plenty of turbocharged engines to choose from.
- The 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6’s 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque are on par with its competitor’s V8 offerings. This engine delivers plenty of pull.
- What we expect to be the most popular engine choice is the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, which delivers a competitive 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque.
- The Raptor is back and ready for off-road action with more power than ever.
- While we enjoyed the feel of the new 10-speed automatic transmission, its limited availability – only with the 3.5-liter turbo V6 – is a downer (Ford is expanding availability as part of the F-150's upcoming refresh).
- The turbocharged V6 engines’ economy ratings versus competing V8-powered models aren’t as superior as we’d like.
- It’s lacking alternative powertrains like diesel (for now).
- Three cab configurations to choose from: regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew.
- Top trim levels – the Limited, Platinum, and King Ranch – surround you in premium materials, but the F-150 never loses its utilitarian, do-all-the-work feel.
- We found its storage ample, including the large center console that can hold a laptop and other cubbies for pens, cellphones, and business cards.
- The SuperCab’s rear seats are a little too cramped for long-distance drives.
- The F-150’s utilitarian style somewhat dampers the higher trims' luxurious.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
We didn't expect such a comfortable, almost sedan-like ride at lower speeds, considering the F-150's traditional leaf-spring rear suspension.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Prices escalate quickly. Just moving from the base XL to the XLT increases the price by more than $5,000, and the incline is even steeper further up the ladder.
The Bottom Line
The Ford F-150 is a best seller for a reason. It offers options to satisfy all buyers, its advanced aluminum construction keeps it light but strong, and its turbocharged engines deliver V8 performance with slightly better fuel economy. That said, if you prefer alternative powertrains, the F-150 is not the pickup for you. Fortunately, there are more powertrains in the works, including a diesel in 2018.
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