Ford's F-150 has been the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. for ages. Don't think the automaker was content to rest on its laurels, though. Last year, the ever-popular pickup underwent a drastic weight-reduction, losing 500 pounds or more thanks for an aluminum-intensive body. Changes are a bit more sedate for the 2016 Ford F-150. There are several new option packages including the off-road-focused FX4, a Special Edition Appearance package for the XLT, and a compressed natural gas and propane fuel-prep bundle. New 20-inch wheels can be had on select configurations and the new Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes guiding an attached trailer into a parking slot a breeze. Finally, Ford drops its MyFordTouch infotainment system and replaced it with the latest version of SYNC 3.
The full-size Ford F-150 is available in three cab styles, three bed lengths, and six trim levels. This give shoppers a huge number of configurations to create the truck of their dreams.
Four engines are also offered. The base 3.5-liter V-6 churns out 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Tow capacity is up to 7,600 pounds. On the other end of the power spectrum is the 5.0-liter V-8 and its 385 horsepower, similar amount of torque and 11,100 pound tow-capacity.
The other two engines are turbo-charged V-6s cribbed from the automaker's EcoBoost lineup. The 2.7-liter engine offers the best fuel economy among the four engines, while the larger 3.5-liter turbo tops in towing at 12,200 pounds.
All the above engines are mate to a six-speed automatic transmission. Drivetrain is either rear or four-wheel drive.
"The F-150 handles remarkably well considering its size," noted KBB after putting the pickup through its paces, "and whether we were towing, off-road adventuring or cruising long stretches of smooth highway, Ford’s full-size pickup felt right at home."
Automated headlights, trailer sway control, vinyl flooring, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup, air-conditioning and manually-cranked windows are just some of the features found standard in the XL, the entry trim into the lineup. The equipment list rapid climbs from there, and ranges from heated and cooled front row seats to a voice-activated navigation system which provides real-time traffic updates and alerts.
Buyers can further customize their F-150. The optional 101A package for the XL adds such niceties as power windows and door locks, a power tailgate, power mirrors, cruise control, and a CD player. The premium Lariat with a 502A package gets LED headlights and taillights, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, and an 11-speaker Sony audio system. Other options like lane-departure prevention and automated parallel-parking are also offered on the Ford F-150.