By Auto Trends Weekly’s Auto Editor
Fords 2017 F-150 pickup remains North America’s favorite truck. Ford says the new icon truck is the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – setting the standard for the future of trucks and it clearly shows with the number of sales.
For 2017, the biggest change is the new 3.5 – litre EcoBoost V6 in the current model year. The new engine offers increases in both horsepower (Up 10 to 375), and torque (Up lb-ft to 470 from 420). Also offered is a new Stop-Start auto off and on mode. More changes are expected next year on the F-150, with a revised front fascia, and yet another new engine, said to be a turbo-diesel V6 unit. The exterior of the 2017 F-150 features Fords wide “Built Ford Tough” stance, prominent wheel arches, large elaborate light housing and a chiseled chrome bedecked grille. It’s one hell of a good-looking truck
Our tester, a 2017 F150 SuperCrew four –door model looked even better with its red accented grille, red accent striping package and the glitzy black and red leather interior. This upper-range model was powered by Fords excellent 3.5L V6 Ecoboost engine with the 10-speed auto transmission with 3, 55 electronic rear locking axle. Our tester came with Twin panel sunroof, adaptive cruise control, Max trailer tow package, and the FX4 Off road package and a host of other equipment. Also offered was the Lariat Series package including: Blind spot info system, LED side mirror spotlights, voice activated navigation, and second row heated seats, heated steering wheel and Sony single disc CD player.
The Lariat Special Edition package was also fitted, which included: 20 inch dark painted wheels, box side steps, tailgate step, Active park assist and a spray in bed liner. Attractive red accents on the grille, badges and cool black stripes and hood decal were also offered. Our tester rolled in at a $56,199 base price, but rolled out with $17,970 worth of options and delivery for a whopping $75,869 final tally.
Several ground-breaking new productivity features debuted in the current generation F-150, including many class-exclusives. They include: 360-degree camera view, using exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help the driver park, maneuver in tight spots and navigate down narrow roads and trails. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine features a lightweight, compact design to deliver the same power as some mid-range V8s. Towing capacity of up to 12,000 lbs is on offer with F150 with a payload of 1,526 lbs. in the rear bed.
On the road, the new Ecoboost is a revelation – sounding like a V8, the V6 has impressive acceleration and stays strong, providing ample power throughout the with almost all the 470 lb-ft. available at the 3,500 rpm spot. This translates into complete power for full load and trailer applications. The new 10-speed automatic transmission is also a great improvement over the old six-speed unit with smoother, more seamless shifts. The four extra gears do help in maximising engine efficiency for whatever the weight being pulled. The selectable Sport and Tow modes on the ten speed tranny also help in acceleration thanks to new gearing and transmission programming.
Comfort, utility and refinement define the truck’s interior. Ergonomically optimized seating for the front row positions enhances comfort, while extending legroom for rear passengers. Buttons and controls are optimized so they can be operated while wearing work gloves. Storage options include laptop stowage in the center console, as well as quick storage solutions. The interior is incredibly roomy, with all the comfort and convenience features on our well-equipped tester you could want. Not much to complain about on this truck. It’s a lots of money is $75 grand to spend on truck! But it’s well worth it for what you get, basically a huge 4×4 limo with a cargo bed. Not hard to see why the F-150, with its huge range of bodystyles, engine choices and options is the most popular pickup truck ever. The Ecoboost SuperCrew is highly recommended.
2017 Ford F150 SuperCrew pickup Lariat Edition: base priced from $56,199. Price as tested; $75,869.