2017 FORD F-150 SPECS
The automotive industry has been looking for ways to change the game, and with the rise of using lighter materials, some may wonder what started it all. We can’t say it started with Ford, but we do know the Ford F-150 was a big chance Ford took when replacing its steel frame body with aluminum. Turns out, it does more than improve fuel economy.
The weight savings alone didn’t only result in a greater payload maximum, but improved the Ford F-150’s fuel economy. This lent to best-in-class towing and leaving other competitor brands behind. Throw in some engine options, and Ford trucks are a greater challenger these days.
ENGINES, FUEL ECONOMY AND TOWING CAPACITIES
The 2016 Ford F-150 is available in seven trims, and buyers have various engine choices. The F-150’s base engine is a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, that generates 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. EcoBoost engines were developed by the Ford Motor Company, in partnership with German company FEV Engineering. It’s a turbocharged, direct-injection gasoline engine, and is a popular engine trait on the F-150 lineup.
The other four engines on the lineup are the 375-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost, 282-horsepower 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6, 385-horsepower 5.0-liter Ti-VCT, and 450-horsepower High-Output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.
Between these different engines, depending on whether the F-150 is in 4×4 or 4×4 drive (except High-Output, which only has a 4×4 setting), fuel economy changes. To keep it simple, let’s look at the fuel economy of 4×4 with and without payload – 2.7-liter, 19/26 and 18/24 mpg; 3.5-liter Eco, 18/25 and 17/22mpg; 3.5-liter Ti-VCT, 18/24 mpg (no payload measurement); 5.0-liter Ti-VCT, 15/22 and 14/20 mpg.
The real meat behind any good truck is its payload and towing capacities, right? So let’s take a little look at the minimum payload and towing capacities on a F-150 with a regular cab for each engine.
2.7-liter EcoBoost: Payload – 1,820 pounds payload / Towing – 7600 pounds
3.5-liter Ti-VCT: Payload – 1,660 pounds / Towing – 5,000 pounds
3.5-liter EcoBoost: Payload – 2,360 pounds / Towing – 10,600 pounds
5.0-liter Ti-VCT: Payload – 1,830 pounds / Towing – 8,300 pounds
The F-150 is available in three cab sizes: the regular cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew cab. There are also three truck bed lengths — 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, and eight feet. The standard wheels are 17-inch silver steel, but aluminum wheels are optional. Other trims come standard with 18-inch aluminum heavy-duty payload package wheels and 20-inch aluminum wheels with flash gray-painted pockets, but some of the low-end trims have these options available as upgrades.
There are also options such as heated exterior mirrors with turn signals, box side steps, a BoxLink, fog lamps, running boards, and stowable loading ramps. Some may be for style or convenience, others may make loading and unloading equipment a little easier.
The Ford F-150 regular cab seats three passengers and the SuperCab and SuperCrew cabs both sit six passengers. The Ford F-150 comes standard with cloth seating, with leather as an option. For extra convenience, the F-150 SuperCrew cab’s rear seat is a 60/40 split flip-up bench with elongated cushions
In terms of convenient technology, the F-150 XL (base trim) is equipped with a 2.3-inch productivity screen with the option for an instrument panel, but other trims include a 4.2-inch screen. Another option, which may be standard on higher end trims, is a dynamic hitch assist, fully flat load floor (SuperCrew cab), a reverse sensing system, and more.
ENTERTAINMENT AND SAFETY
All F-150 trims come standard with an AM/FM radio, and other F-150 trims have upgrades like SiriusXM, Bluetooth tech for streaming music, and auxiliary and USB ports. In trims with the SuperCab or SuperCrew cab, a kicker with a subwoofer can be added to the sound system.
The Ford F-150 is a very safe truck. It received a five-star overall crash rating by the NHTSA and the Ford F-150 is the only truck named a “Top Safety Pick” by the I.I.H.S. (when equipped with forward collision warning.) The truck has over 31 safety-related innovations, and every trim has several safety features. There’s the usual, airbags in the front for the driver and passenger, and Safety Canopy side curtains, four-wheel ABS, AdvanceTrac with roll stability, and curve control – all things a good truck should have. For security, a perimeter anti-theft alarm is installed, great for expensive payloads (option on the XL), a SecuriLock passive anti-theft system has been installed, and all trims come with the SOS Post-Crash Alert System in the instance of an accident.
PRICE AND WARRANTY
The starting MSRP for the 2016 Ford F-150 is $26,540.
Ford trucks now come with a New Vehicle Limited Warranty that has the following types of coverage: a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile safety restraint system warranty, a 5-year/unlimited corrosion (perforation only) warranty, and 5-year/100,000 powerstroke diesel engine. All-in-all, if anything were to break down within the first three years, the driver is covered.*
*See Warranty Guide for Restrictions and Detailed Coverage