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Ford F-150

 

Ford's F-Series continues to be the leader in the full-sized pick-up category, with F-150 leading the charge as one of its most popular modes. It is highly customizable to fit your lifestyle with choices between standard V6 engine, twin-turbocharged V6 and V8 engines, different cab and bed sizes and 6 trim levels.

Ford's F Series of full-sized pickup trucks has been dominating the category for decades. In fact, for 2016, it reaped 2nd place in the Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value awards- This workhorse of a truck is defined by toughness, torque/ towing capacity and technology- Introduced post-World War II, it has over 60 years under its belt as a machine able to withstand even the most challenging conditions-

Ford F-150 is the star of the F series line- It set the bar high for full-sized pickups in 2015 when the manufacturer decided to go with a dramatic transformation to an aluminum body- The glued and riveted aluminum panels are built on a ladder frame that's almost all high-strength steel- This construction cut around 700 pounds from the truck's total weight, improving overall fuel efficiency-

While it stays true to its rugged roots in terms of performance and hauling capacity, it has evolved into well-appointed vehicle- Comfort and style are now as much a part of the F-150's offerings as the power behind its wheels- There are currently 6 trim levels available for 2016: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited- It is highly customizable, making it easy to find exactly what you need in a truck- There are also different configurations available for cab size and bed lengths, as well as a choice between 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive-

For the engine , buyers have 4 choices: 2-7L Ecoboost V6; 3-5L EcoBoost V6; 3-5L Ti-VCT V6 and 5-0L Ti-VCT V8 with horsepower ranging from 325 - 385 depending on which engine you choose-This impressive range of engines results in towing capacity from 5,534 kg to a massive 7,348 kg- Both V6 and V8 engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission-

Profile

With the distinct change to an aluminum body, Ford also decided to forego some of its rounded edges last year- Which means it carried over that Tonka truck look that it has had for the last few years with a massive grille and slab sides- Though it may appear blocky, the profile is designed to cheat the wind and contribute to the truck's fuel economy- You'll see this in the beveled hood that can lift air up over the flush-mounted windshield- The headlamps and the taillamps are also flared to better manage airflow.

Bed lengths and cabs vary depending on the buyer's preferred configuration- The Ford F150 is available with two-door regular cabs, extended SuperCab and the four-door SuperCrew which can be matched up with 5-5, 6-5 or an 8-foot bed- This year's model also has some additional useful cargo-bed features such as loading ramps that lock into the bedsides, a BoxLink system that fits cleats and brackets to the bed, LED lighting in the cargo box and deployable bed step- The tailgate step slides out along with a picket-style handrail and can support up to 500 pounds.


Power and Performance:

Electric power steering is still standard across all Ford F-150 models- This feature has always been appreciated by F-150 owners because it offers a car-like handling and response -- quick and light, despite its appearance-

It also has exceptional isolation and quietness on the road- While the front suspension is a coil-on-shock independent arrangement, the rear is a Hotchkiss-type solid axle- While other truck models have better suspension set-ups, the lightweight body greatly contributes to Ford F150's road isolation-


Interiors and Special Features:

Having well-appointed interiors has always been definitive in Ford F150- However, with the variances in trim lines, some exude a more luxurious feel than others- For instance, the Platinum and King Ranch models offer real wood trim and luxurious leather in their interiors-

One of the biggest changes for 2016 is the trade up of the MyFord Touch system to Ford's Sync 3 Infotainment system-


Safety features:

A key safety upgrade for the 2016 version of Ford F-150 is the inclusion of a special front-structure brace which earned the regular cab and the supercab models a top score in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test-

A key safety upgrade for the 2016 version of Ford F-150 is the inclusion of a special front-structure brace which earned the regular cab and the supercab models a top score in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test-

Overall, the Ford F-150 is still the top choice in the full-sized pickup truck category because of its fuel economy rating and customizable powertrain and trim settings-