Ford F-150 XL, Phoenix, AZ

 

With its class-exclusive aluminum body and turbocharged EcoBoost engines, the F-150 XL has advanced full-size pickup design well beyond what its competitors are doing.  The EcoBoost V6 and new 10-speed transmission deliver plenty of power for towing and hauling as well as respectable fuel economy.

Under the Hood

There are four engine choices for the 2017 Ford F-150: one normally aspirated V6 (282 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm), a twin-turbo V6s (325 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm) and a traditional V8 (385 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm All Three engines use a 6-speed automatic transmission. The improved 3.5-liter EcoBoost gets an all-new 10-speed automatic.  Ford offers customers the option of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive (2WD, 4WD).

Interior

The SuperCrew (crew cab) is extremely roomy, with rear-seat legroom. The F-150’s floor is flat, making the middle rear seat comfortable, while also allowing more room for storage. Also making the cab comfortable are seats that have been carefully sculpted to reduce fatigue.

Exterior

Ford’s F-150 pickup has the only truck body that’s made of aluminum. The F-150’s style is rugged and bold, but much of its appearance was inspired by function. The LED headlights and taillights look good and are highly efficient. There are pop-out steps at the bed sides to make it easier to reach cargo. The seamless sliding rear window is designed to reduce complexity.

Standard Equipment

Every F-150 gets the same ultra-strong hydroformed, fully boxed frame. Aside from the solid foundation, one of the most impressive things about the 2017 F-150 is that the equipment that comes standard. All F-150s also come with hill-start assist and Trailer Sway Control, both extremely handy when towing. Also standard are fail-safe cooling, and Curve Control that works to keep the truck under control if the driver goes into a turn too fast.

Optional Equipment

For an additional fee, you can get running boards that deploy when a door is opened and retract when the door closes. Front passengers are offered heated and cooled seats and rear-seat passengers can get seat heaters too.  A voice-activated navigation system is available, which gives you real-time traffic updates. You can have text messages read to you as you drive.

Pricing

The 2017 Ford F-150 starts at $27,600 MSRP for the regular-cab, 2WD. You can upgrade to the excellent 2.7-liter EcoBoost for just $795, or to the 5.0-liter V8 for $1,595. An Super Crew starts around $38,000. The most expensive level is the Limited, which costs almost $65,000 when you check off most of the option boxes.