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The Ford F-Series is full-size pickup trucks that have been produced since 1948 and are currently represented in thirteen generations. The F-Series boasts of cabin roominess, exterior with sharp contours, upgraded aerodynamics and, surely, powertrain.
The Ford F-Series is truly legendary. It’s awarded with a number of honorary titles. It’s recognized to be the best-selling truck and best-selling vehicle not just in the U.S. but in Canada as well. Undoubtedly, the F-150 – represented by the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum – remains the most popular model.
Looking at the 2015 Ford F-150, we can hardly notice some innovative exterior features that would differ it from the previously produced models, except for re-designed headlamps and grille. In regard to the appearance, the new F-150 isn’t so new – the manufacturer values traditions.
However, the F-150’s whole body did undergo substantial transformations although they cannot be seen with the naked eye. What we hint at is the body made of aluminium (except for some details – door hinges and latches, bolts, frame, and firewall – that are steel). It’s a mistake to think that it yields to steel in terms of physical qualities. High-quality aluminium is actually stronger than steel even if a piece of it is rather thin. This metal has a range of advantages: it allows reducing vehicles’ weight significantly that, in its turn, enhances carrying and towing capacities, makes the truck accelerate faster, and saves fuel.
The F-150’s exterior remains mostly unchanged unlike the interior – it looks way more modern than in the previously produced models. The cabin is very spacious, including the second-row seats (usually, they don’t provide enough head- and legroom). When they are folded down, there is pretty much space for storing stuff the weather can damage (if it’s put in the bed).
Another good thing is that there are a lot of storage compartments across the cabin. Furthermore, road noise and engine roar cannot be heard inside of the 2015 F-150. However, materials for the pickup truck should have been chosen more thoroughly. Acquiring a vehicle for $40,000-51,000, people expect to get something more sophisticated than plastic trim.
The 2015 F-150’s bed is 100-per cent aluminium. As you already know, it doesn’t mean that the bed is not as strong as in the previously produced F-150s (a steel one). It’s actually more resistant to dings.
The Ford F-150 is a practical vehicle, meant for assisting people in performing some kinds of activities. The manufacturer did their best to make the truck’s bed as comfortable as possible.
For easy climbing in and out of it, there’s a tailgate step and grab handle instead of a hollow in the rear bumper. Cargo is safe with the BoxLink system that ties-down load. A truck bed storage system offers a number of weatherproof draw-out compartments of different size and shape. A bed slide system exists for you to load and unload the truck quickly and easily, while a mesh cab rack is here to protect passengers in the cabin from possible impact of cargo behind on the bed. There are also a bed extender, truck rack system, and a convertible roof (for cargo protection).
Engine & Transmission
The 2015 Ford F-150 can be powered by one of the following engines.
A 2.7-L twin-turbocharged direct-injected EcoBoost V6 that generates 325 hp and 375 lb/ft of torque. Its cargo payload is 2,250 lb while towing capacity is 8,500 lb.
There are two motors with 3.5-L engine displacement. A 3.5-L naturally aspirated FFV V6, producing 283 hp and 255 lb/ft of torque, carries 1,910 lb of payload and tows 7,600 lb. While another 3.5-L EcoBoost V6 makes 365 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque, carries 3,180-lb cargo, and tows (the best result in the class) 12,200 lb.
There’s also a 5.0-L naturally aspirated FFV V8. It produces 385 hp and 387 lb/ft of torque. A truck equipped with this engine can carry 3,300 lb and tow 11,100 lb.
All the engines available are paired with an electronic 6-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode.
Trim Levels & Features
The F-150 XL, which comes with all types of engines, offers a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel to be adjusted to a driver’s liking and 2.3-in display as standard. Safety and security are ensured by 4-wheel disc ABS, tire pressure monitoring system, trailer sway and curve controls, SOS post-crash alert system, and SecuriLock passive anti-theft system.
Optional technologies for better safety include cruise control, rear-view camera, fog lamps, and reverse sensing system. Besides, optional are a 4.2-in display, power, heated, and auto-dimming side mirrors, remote keyless entry, Sync with AppLink and MyFord, trailer brake controller, and perimeter anti-theft alarm.
The model comes in the Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew body types.
Types and number of engines is the same for the XLT trim level. Standard features on the F-150 XLT are those optional on the XL plus the MyKey technology, power-adjustable pedals, inflatable safety belts for the rear passengers, cross-traffic alert, blind spot information system, and remote ignition.
The Lariat, available in the SuperCab and SuperCrew body types, offers not so wide choice of engines: a 2.7-L, 3.5-L EcoBoost, or 5.0-L. Standard features on the Lariat are an 8-inch screen, Sync with My Ford, dual-zone electronic climate control, heated/cooled front seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, etc. The model also offers power-adjustable pedals with memory, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, and a 2-speed automatic 4-wheel-drive system with Neutral Towing Capability.
Optional functions include quad beam LED headlamps and LED taillamps, reverse sensing system, remote tailgate release, 360 camera with split-view display, heated steering wheel, Sony AM/FM stereo with single-CD and HD radio, universal garage door opener, etc.
The Ford F-150 King Ranch and Platinum are top-of-the-line models, manufactured in the SuperCrew body style and equipped with either the 3.5-L EcoBoost or 5.0-L engine.
Standard features on the King Ranch and Platinum that make the ride even more comfortable and pleasant for a driver are a heated/cooled seat, power, heated tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with memory and electronic locking, and power-adjustable pedals with memory. Furthermore, a seat for a passenger at the front is also heated/cooled while seats at the back are just heated.
Illumination on these models is provided by LED headlamps and taillights, LED box lighting, approach lamps with side mirror spotlights, daytime running lamps, and fog lamps.
Such features as inflatable rear safety belts (standard on the Platinum but optional on the King Ranch), rear-view camera, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert (standard on the Platinum but optional on the King Ranch), 4-wheel disc ABS, and a curve control guarantee safe driving.
Other state-of-the-art technologies the F-150 King Ranch and Platinum offered are Easy Fuel capless fuel filler, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and Sirius XM Travel Link, MyKey, Sync with MyFord, etc.
Optional features include adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, electronic locking gear differential, dynamic hitch assist, 360-degree camera with split-view display, power-adjustable and telescoping side mirrors and trailer tow, power-folding and heated side mirrors, etc.
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