Keeping the pedal to the metal. The 2020 Ford F-150 is probably the final year for the current generation, and that’s almost hard to believe. This means the aluminum-intensive model has been out for six years, which is the typical life span for any full-size pickup truck.
The changes for 2020 are light, but one is still worth noting: the automaker expanded its Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of active safety features to more trims.
Smaller is truly better. Ford proved years ago that its smaller and lighter turbocharged V6 engines are a solid replacement for its V8s. That said, Ford still offers a V8 if you want one.
In more recent years, Ford added a smaller turbocharged V6 with a displacement of just 2.7 liters. This one remains a solid workhorse and surpasses the 5.0-liter V8 in fuel efficiency and towing. For even better fuel economy, the available 3.0-liter turbodiesel is worth a look.
Comfortable and capable. The Ford F-150 is comfortable around town and capable off-road, particularly in four-wheel-drive form. But comfort comes at a choice, with the SuperCab models offering the best interior room for five adults.
Add in the leather seats, which are standard with the Lariat trim and up, and the F-150’s luxury side becomes evident. The F-150’s cabin isn't just spacious, it's quiet. Exterior noise is muted on a level rivaling some premium models.
No pickup truck matches the F-150 in sales or in the various permutations available You don’t have to upgrade to a Super Duty to enjoy stellar payload and trailering capabilities, although the latter is recommended for anyone hauling massive cargo.
Depending on the configuration, the F-150 carries a maximum payload rating of 1,990 to 3,270 pounds. Towing capacity ranges from 7,700 to 13,200 pounds. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 tops both categories.
Safety is a mixed bag. The size of a big pickup truck plays an important role in passenger safety. With more room and a higher profile, there's also more protection for the vehicle’s occupants. That’s true with the Ford F-150, but there are distinctions depending on the cab style.
For instance, only the Crew Cab achieved a five-star overall safety rating from the NHSTA. Both the Regular and Extended Cabs earned four-star ratings.
You can’t get advanced driver-assist features with the lower trims with such features as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane keeping assist relegated to the Lariat and above.
In comparison, the Toyota Tundra makes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control standard.
Final thoughts. The current-generation Ford F-150 has aged well as the automaker makes continuous upgrades where needed. Strong competition from Chevrolet, GMC, and Ram notwithstanding, there's much in the 2020 Ford F-150 to keep the faithful in the fold.
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