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Ford F-150 Test Drive

Ford F-150

The 2015 Ford F-150 has become an instant hit. The car has all chances to become the American best-seller of the year 2015. People are ready to wait a month and more to get the car because the Ford plants just cannot cope with such a great demand in time. Its aluminium body is what automobilists mostly focus on when they talk about the vehicle. The Ford F-150 test drive will prove it has much more features to be proud of.

Exterior and Interior

The F-150 underwent noticeable changes but not in its exterior. Viewed this way, it remains a usual Ford truck though with semi-split full-LED headlights and oblique edges.

The cabin is very spacious both front and back (it’s impossible to reach a right-side front door from a driver’s seat (even for a tall adult). The interior is made of high-quality plastic mostly.

The cabin design – as everything else in the car – was thoroughly thought-out. With account of the possibility of reflection, every tiny detail is put in such a way to prevent from dazzling the eye. Every screen and switch is turned so that not to be reflected in the side screen at night.

The F-150 comes with a suit of safety features such as a lane departure prevention system, blind spot warning system, bird’s-eye-view camera, self-parking system, etc. Also, it offers massaging seats, ventilated front seats, navigation system, DVD player and screens for passengers in the back, Sony audio system, etc.

Driving Performance

The Ford F-150 is available in five trim levels – the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and the Platinum – and four engines of your choice: a 3.5-litre 282 hp 253 lb-ft V6, twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre 365 hp 420 lb-ft V6, small turbocharged 2.7-litre 325 hp 375 lb-ft V6, and a 5.0-litre 385 hp 387 lb-ft V8.

As it has been already mentioned, the F-150 got an aluminium body. This is a bold and risky decision that was made not so much from the considerations of engineering, production, processing, and cost. The automaker was more concerned about the pick-up’s repair and insurance problems. Such an approach is new in the automobile industry. As a matter of fact, this is the venture of the year in the sphere.

A couple of hours at the wheel of the F-150 are next to nothing. As soon as you climb inside, you understand the eternity won’t be enough either. The fact that the car lost about 300 kg becomes immediately apparent. It drives into curves very precisely and a driver controls a steering wheel and the whole body better despite its huge size. Therefore, the F-150 can be driven in a city. A command driving position helps a person at the wheel to think out further manoeuvring in advance.

On dry terrain, the F-150 reaches 100 km/h in just 6 seconds. Even at top speed (165 km/h), the car is fully controlled. However, a rear-view mirror appeared unable to accurately show a distance to other vehicles, and it isn’t remarkably fuel-efficient.

The Verdict

During the Ford F-150 test drive, I caught myself thinking I don’t want to get out of it. This roomy, state-of-the-art monster is well-controlled and manoeuvring not just on the highway but on city roads, too. Involuntarily, you feel yourself special and privileged the moment you get behind its wheel.

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