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First Drive: 2015 Ford F-150

After a day spent in the Texas Hill Country driving and riding in the full range of 2015 F-150 trucks, the most striking thing about the world's first aluminum-bodied mainstream pickup is how unremarkable its aluminumness is. It doesn't crumple like Belushi's beer can when you lean against it. The door doesn't fling open when you give it steel-door effort and it closes with a conventionally solid thwunk. The truck doesn't fly any farther off a sharp railroad crossing than a normal truck. You'll basically have to study the numbers to appreciate what the 500-700-pound weight difference does for you -- or wait for your kid to fling a car door into it in the garage (it's actually way more dent resistant), or drive it for ten Michigan winters to notice it hasn't rusted out.

Studying those figures, you notice that power and torque ratings may not lead the class, and the gross-vehicle-weight ratings are similar, but the payload and towing stats favor the Fords by roughly the difference in curb weights. Also, when you look at pound-feet-per-pound of curb weight, the new 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 edges out the Silverado 5.3-liter V-8, both Ram's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel and 5.7-liter Hemi by a few percentage points and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 widens that gap to 13-18 percentage points. You'll also see that the new truck is enough lighter to allow the new base 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-6 to power a four-door 4WD pickup.

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"To demonstrate all of this, Ford set up a little 400-foot drag race where we could sample said competitors back-to-back (all four-door cabs with rear- or four-wheel drive matched across like competitors), and indeed the top result for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost was a 5.5 seconds (set by yours very truly), while the best Chevy 6.2-liter time was 5.9, and the top Ram Hemi result was 6.3. Results for the lesser comparisons were not posted, but the rump-o-meter suggested that the 2.7 EcoBoost easily paced the torquier EcoDiesel (sounding remarkably similar in its engine note), while the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 seemed to run away from the 5.3-liter Chevy. Only the Ram 3.6 seemed as quick as or quicker than the 3.5-liter base Ford six."

Pretty good I would say.

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This early comparo demonstrate that the new truck will destroy the competition. I expect that the market share for the Ford's pick up trucks will gain some points...

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Jalopnik did a MPG test, forgot to get the link. They got anywhere from 16 to 23 mpg with the 2.7 motor, on hilly roads and with various styles of driving.
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Was that a 4x4 zana?

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Jalopnik did a MPG test, forgot to get the link. They got anywhere from 16 to 23 mpg with the 2.7 motor, on hilly roads and with various styles of driving.
this one, I posted in other thread
http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/2015-f...andrewpcollins
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XLT Supercrew 2WD.
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Re: First Drive: 2015 Ford F-150

What a great looking truck! It's so futuristic looking.
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