2016 Ford F-150 review with video

The basics:

Base price: $24,557 + taxes
As tested: $75,499 + taxes
Average fuel economy over our week of testing: 13.3 L/100 kms (17.5 MPG)
Competition: Dodge Ram, GMC Sierra, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tundra

For over fifty years now, Ford’s F-series of trucks have been top of the sales heap. And the company’s trucks continue to push the balance between efficiency, capability and ride. That’s why the redesigned F-150 won our favourite truck test of the year award in 2015. And while the 2016 F-150 is largely the same, there are some clever new technological advances and tweaks as well as a brand new high end Limited trim of the F-150 to consider. We took this $75,000 luxury truck on a 2,000 km summer road trip out to the west coast to see if the F-150 continues to stand atop the ever competitive world of half tonne trucks. For a full review, make sure to watch the video above and then read our rapid fire list of pros and cons below.

2016 Ford F-150 LimitedPros:

– The remarkably spacious SuperCrew cab option makes the back seat roomy enough for three full size adults or three car seats with room to spare
– You’ll also find a totally flat floor in the second row which gives you acres of storage space when the seats are flipped up
– There are many engine options in the F-150 but the most touted would certainly be Ford’s 3.5-litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine which finds a great balance between efficiency and capability. Towing my in-laws’ boat was a breeze yet we averaged a respectable 13.3 litres per 100 kms. For 2017, Ford has redesigned this engine and coupled it with a segment first ten speed automatic which the company says will make the truck even more powerful and efficient
– Ford’s buggy Sync 2 infotainment system has been replaced by a much more user friendly, less laggy third generation Sync system which now has far better voice recognition software. However, the navigation didn’t always calculate the most direct routes. Find it on all trims above the XLT for 2016
– The latest generation F-150 is the first pick-up to receive the Top Safety Pick certification from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
– The ride is very quiet. We got a reading of 56 dB at 100 kms/h on a flat section of highway. These are the same conditions placed on all of our test vehicles and the F-150 ranks right up with luxury European sedans and SUVs
– The massive panorama sunroof in our tester made the cabin much airier and brighter
– The Limited trim has massive 22 inch wheels with good quality Pirelli tires that feel great on the road and look slick

2016 Ford F-150 LimitedCons:

– The interior finishes in our Limited trim just weren’t up to snuff for a truck flirting with $80,000 after tax. Many of the interior plastics and woods felt cheap while the leather and seat comfort also didn’t have a very high end feel
– The new Pro Trailer Back-up Assist system is an excellent concept but set-up is complicated, confusing and time-consuming
– Another feature on higher end F-150s is a raft of safety features including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist technology and blindspot detection. However, the adaptive cruise control was very harsh with sudden braking and accelerating between vehicles. It also accidentally detected vehicles in the next lane over on a few occasions, hammering on the brakes on a busy highway – a scary experience. Meanwhile, the Lane Keeping Assist technology was quite numb regardless of the sensitivity setting used. So rather than the vehicle keeping you centred between the lines painted on the road, the F-150 tended to ping pong back andforth in the lane which was quite disconcerting

Family Wheels report card (specifically for the Limited trim):

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels performance score: 4/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 5/5 (it’s a truck)
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 3/5
Family Wheels value score: 4/5

Family Wheels overall score: 39.5/50= 79%

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