- Completely redesigned for 2015
- New body is made of aluminum which saves weight
- Four engine options, including two EcoBoost V-6 engines
The 2015 Ford F-150, America’s best-selling vehicle, gets a complete redesign for the new model year that fully changes its styling, body, and powertrains.
The F-150 becomes the first large scale vehicle to come with a body made completely of aluminum instead of the traditional steel. This even includes the bed and Ford claims weight savings of up to 700 pounds in some models. Less weight means better fuel economy, an improved ride on the road, and better performance as well.
Exterior styling hearkens back to Ford’s Atlas concept that first appeared in 2013, with a large front grille flanked by C-shaped headlight clusters on either side. XL and XLT trims feature a three-bar Ford grille with openings on either side, while the other three trim levels (Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum) feature a larger three-bar grille that is aped from Ford’s larger Super Duty trucks. Three cab sizes are available: regular, Super Cab, and Super Crew. Ford also says that all of the windows on the F-150 are larger, improving visibility which is helpful for moving a vehicle of this size around in tight spaces.
Under the hood, the 2015 F-150 has four engine options, two new and two carrying over from the previous generation. The base engine is new, a 282-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 253 pounds-feet of torque. The largest engine is a carryover, the 385-hp, 5.0-liter “Coyote” V-8 which makes 387 pounds-feet of torque. Two EcoBoost engines are available, starting with the familiar 365-hp, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. The final engine is brand new, a 325-hp, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. Each engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear- or four-wheel drive systems are available.
Inside, the F-150 had some catching up to do. Much of the competition was refreshed or redesigned recently which included cabin upgrades that put the F-150 on its heels. The new cabin is roomier, gets an updated center stack with easier to use controls, and offers more technology. Ford’s much maligned MyFord Touch system returns, but this time with more physical controls which is a welcome change. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and an information display in the instrument panel. Options include SYNC with Bluetooth connectivity and voice command recognition, navigation, HD radio, leather upholstery, heated/cooled front seats, and dual zone automatic climate control.
The F-150’s switch to an aluminum body might draw most of the headlines, but updates to the frame structure under its skin including stronger steel will improve the truck’s crash performance. Six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system come standard. A whole battery of safety technology is also available, including adaptive cruise control, a blind spot warning system, and inflatable rear seatbelts.