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- Impressive 2.7 liter V6, twin turbo engine. This is designed to replace the V8 as the primary engine for the F-150. And it’s more than good enough to do that. It’s got all the power you’ll ever need-- 325 horsepower-- delivered smoothly with a six-speed automatic transmission. A Toyota Tundra owner was admiring the F-150, and asked about the engine. “TWO point seven??” he asked, as if we had misspoken. “My truck needs a FOUR point seven.”
- With the smaller, lighter engine, and the lighter weight aluminum intensive body, we got a little over 18 mpg overall, which is not bad for a full sized truck, and slightly better than its competitors.
- Automatic engine stop/start system helps improve mileage. It’s noticeable, but works well.
- Huge, spacious interior. Large, airy. People who live in NYC studio apartments will be jealous. Great storage space between the seats. A ginormous, covered bin, two big cupholders, and several other large bins. You can crap up this truck just like your basement.
- As silent as the dinner table after Grandma mentions her sex life. It’s luxury car quiet, even at highway speed.
- Large, easy to use controls for heat, AC, volume and tuning. A small video screen handles radio, media, and bluetooth connections.
- Thoughtful amenities, like lights on the side view mirrors to illuminate the ground outside the truck, and lights in the bed to light up the cargo area when necessary.
- Good, fast to appear backup camera, with useful guidance lines.
- Nicely shaped front doors, with the forward half of the door cut lower than the back half of the door, allowing for greater visibility to the front and sides.
- Cornering, at least at modest speeds, is surprisingly flat for a large vehicle.
- Aluminum construction is innovative and courageous. It saved nearly 700 pounds of weight, which is a tremendous amount of weight on a vehicle.
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- Ride is jittery at times, except on the smoothest of roads. Loaded with weight in the back, its a little better.
- Huge, and hard to maneuver and park in tight spaces. Full size pickup truck owners already know this. But drivers of other vehicles thinking of stepping up to an F-150 as a daily ride should think hard about how often they need to use parking garages, park between two Honda Civics in town, or make U-turns.
- Ford Sync system is still not 100% easy and reliable. Phone worked fine with Bluetooth, but wouldn’t work when plugged into the USB port.
- Expensive. Our mid level XLT test truck ran $43,660. That doesn’t include leather seats or automatic climate control.
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