2015 Ford F-150 First Drive & Sledge Hammer Test (Video)

Unless this is the first time to our blog or you’re new to the automotive world, you have already heard all about the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 and that it is the first full-size pickup truck to utilize an all-aluminum body. After Gary Gastelu of Foxnews.com was able to drive one around for a while, he claims the fact the new 2015 Ford F-150 uses an all-aluminum body is actually the least interesting thing about it.

While Ford and their respective PR team has been telling the industry and consumers alike all about utilizing aluminum to improve fuel economy and capability and that they needed to spend billions of dollars in updating their factories, one thing that all consumers really need to know is that the new 2015 Ford F-150 is still just a pickup truck. However, it’s a really good one.

Upon initial inspection, Gastelu noted that the fully re-engineered F-150 reveals nothing about the usage of aluminum. While the current generation F-150 uses an aluminum hood, it takes a little getting used to the fact that you’re not surrounded by pure steel.

Underneath the cab, however, is still steel. While the frame uses a new manufacturing process that makes it stronger than ever, overall, the new 2015 Ford F-150 is about 700 pounds lighter. Thanks to this large amount of weight loss, the 2015 tow rating is boosted up to a best-in-class 12,200 pounds and max payload is a staggering 3,300 pounds which is about 50 percent better than its closest competitor.

Also thanks to the F-150’s new diet, Ford says fuel efficiency increases by 5 to 20 percent depending on cab and engine configuration. Actual EPA ratings have not been released yet; but, we should expect them as soon as the new 2015 F-150 hits the roads.
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When the trucks finally show up at Pilson Ford, five trims will be available from the entry level XL to the top tier Platinum. Four engine choices are slated for the 2015 model and include two naturally aspirated and two turbocharged engines. The naturally aspirated engines include a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 282-horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque and the popular 5.0-liter V8 that offers 385-horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque.

The two turbocharged engines include a small, but powerful 2.7-liter V6 that provides 325-horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, and the popular twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that offers a respectable 365-horsepower and a massive 420 pound-feet of torque. All engines will come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both of these motors fall under the Ecoboost name.

On the outside, all new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup trucks offer a design that Gastelu says creates a grand entrance. While the tough exterior can include the available full LED semi-split headlights, the interior uses some of the highest grade materials ever offered in an F-150 when selecting the top-of-the-line Platinum trim.

During Gastelu’s test drive of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum Crew Cab 4×4, he noted that the experience was not the revelatory, next-gen experience he was hoping for due to all the hype from Ford, but it was exactly what it should be. With the weight deduction, powerful motor and aluminum body, the new F-150 seems lighter, stronger, and just as solid, compared to the previous generation.

The one aspect of the test drive that Gastelu said was out of this world included the selection of technology. For instance, he was not too excited that the new F-150 doesn’t have available blind spot warning, but it does offer a lane departure prevention system that can automatically control your truck between the road lines. While this system is not aggressive enough to allow for complete disconnect from the wheel, if you and you’re body are zoning out a bit too much due to the optional message seats, it will jerk the wheel and make you pay full attention to what is important.

Other optional technologies include the bird’s eye camera system, which is similar to those found on high-dollar Infiniti and Land Rover trucks, or the impressive self-park system that handles the wheels and you control the speed.

Are you worried that the all-new aluminum F-150 isn’t going to last as long as your current steel version? Not only has Ford tested, and retested, the truck in a laboratory, they also have been studying the trucks in its rawest form: as a fleet vehicle for a mining company. For two years, a large mining company used both steel and aluminum F-150s as work trucks. While the workers couldn’t tell the difference at the job site, Ford learned various lessons from the experience.

Pilson Ford is super excited for offer the all-new Ford F-150. Even though we currently do not have any 2015 models available yet, come down now to learn more about our current offers on the 2014 Ford F-150 or place your order now for the 2015 model.

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