Much of the F-150’s appeal comes from its wide range of configurations. In entry-level work trucks, the entry-level 3.3-liter V6 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Ford has invested heavily to keep the F-150 up to date with the times. All models feature a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi access point, and most trim levels come with the Sync 3 infotainment system and an 8-inch touchscreen. New for 2020, the Ford Co-Pilot360 Safety Package comes on Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims.
The F-150 is a complete truck with few compromises for a full-size truck. But it’s been a while since this version was first released in 2014, and you should be aware that competitors are offering newer models. In particular, the Ram 1500 goes the extra mile with its smoother ride quality and innovative storage areas. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have also recently been redesigned.
What is it like to live with the F-150?
The F-150 has been the leader in truck sales for decades, which is why every new F-150 is hugely important. When the 2018 model leaned in with a new transmission, we decided to buy another F-150 in almost exactly the same configuration, in part to see if it would improve fuel economy. To read about how the economy improved, or not, read our long-term F-150 test, where we also cover everything from performance to long-distance seating comfort.
This mid-level trim gives you standard equipment like the powerful 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. Also included is Ford’s suite of advanced driver safety aids, called Co-Pilot360.
Across the range, the F-150 has an engine that will suit almost any buyer. However, it is powered by an older six-speed automatic compared to the modern 10-speed that is otherwise standard. And at just 265 lb.-ft. of torque, it’s not a towing champion.
By the way, don’t sleep on the turbocharged V6 diesel engine, which drops to 250 hp but delivers 440 pound-feet of torque at low altitude, right where you need it.