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.

Performance Pros

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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.

Performance Cons

  • 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).

Interior Pros

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  • 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.

Interior Cons

  • 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.