2017 Ford F-150 review with video


The basics:

Starting price: $25,654 + tax
As tested: $74,169 + tax
Average fuel economy over a week of driving: 13.3 L/100 kms (17.5 US MPG)
Competitors: Dodge Ram, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, etc.

For seven years running, the Ford F-150 has been the best selling vehicle in Canada. To be clear, I’m not talking about the best selling truck. I’m talking about the best selling vehicle, full stop. Canadians love this thing – with 119,000 of them sold in Canada last year and sales expected to eclipse that in 2017 as well. The most notable changes for 2017 are a second generation 3.5-litre Ecoboost engine that’s meant to be less noisy at idle, offer better efficiency, yet still give a 10 horsepower boost and a bump in torque, too. And then coupled to that engine, there’s now the optional 10 speed automatic transmission, which is a first of its kind in any mass production vehicle and will be offered in the 2.7-litre Ecoboost as well as the traditional 5-litre V8 for 2018. We hit the road on a 2,000 kilometre family road trip to see how this new engine and transmission stack up and if the F-150 still deserves its best-selling king of the road status. For our full review, check-out the video above and then scroll through our pros and cons below.

Pros:
– Fantastic best-in-class towing and payload capacity numbers. A SuperCrew cab F-150 with the 3.5-litre Ecoboost, for example, can tow up to 11,800 lbs or 2,900 lbs of stuff can get put in the box. That is really respectable for a half ton that still manages to have a quiet (64 db/100 kms) ride and also a very composed, car-like driving feel while cruising on the highway
– Well laid-out interior with very intuitive button placement and a very user friendly Sync3 infotainment system that’s available on all but the base models
– The available SuperCrew cab offers a maximum second row leg room of 43.5 inches. It is a vacuous second row and is the perfect place for rear or front facing car seats
– The F-150 was the first pick-up to receive a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety a couple of years back now. Nice to know there’s a really safe truck option out there for families

 

Cons:
– There’s is quite a price jump between F-150 models. Our tester, for example, comes in at roughly $35,000 more than a more basic XLT F-150 that’s still spec’d out with the same cab, engine, transmission and 4×4. While our tester was treated to all kinds of bells and whistles, it was hard for more miserly Scottish ancestry to be OK with such a jump in price
– While the new ten speed transmission’s primary goal was to improve efficiency, we took the 2016 F-150 with the 3.5-litre Ecoboost on EXACTLY the same 2000 km road trip last year and we got EXACTLY the same fuel economy (13.3 L/100 kms) on a mixture of highway and country roads
– And while the shifts out of the ten speed are generally smooth, on cool summer mornings, the transmission did feel a little harsh while shifting
– Interior fit and finish is generally poor compared to the likes of the GMC Sierra and the Nissan Titan. I would be disappointed by these cheap feeling plastics and large gaps between panelling if I paid $75,000 for a truck
– The showy Lariat Special Edition package in our tester is a $2,400 option that includes exterior decals, 20″ greyed-out rims, red accented front grill, red leather inlay and red stitching. It’s a package that wasn’t to our taste but some people really dig it

Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 4/5 (64 dB at 100 kms/hr)
Family Wheels performance score: 4/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 5/5 (SuperCrew)
Family Wheels truck bed score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 3/5
Family Wheels value score: 3.5/5

Family Wheels overall score: 38.5/50= 77%

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