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Ford has changed forever how new pickup trucks are engineered, but it hasn't ventured very far in how they look. The F-150 is no Avalanche, no Ridgeline, and we give thanks for that. But like the mid-2000s Jaguars that Ford helped to create, the new F-150 doesn't say much at all about its radical body structure with its styling. It's like the vast majority of hybrids that don't do much at all to look like gas-electric fuel-savers.
The new Ford F-150 makes strong-performing turbocharged engines its mainstays, transplants electric power steering into all versions, but steers clear of air suspension and rear coil springs as the competition has adopted.
Instead, it puts faith almost entirely in the F-150's new, mostly aluminum body structure, as a means to better performance--and it pays off.
Don't fear the lightweight body--there's nothing lightweight about the ability of the new F-150 to tow and pull like it has in the past. The F-150's essentially had the equivalent of weight-loss surgery, dropping upwards of 500 pounds. The ladder frame remains steel, mostly high-strength steel in this truck, so that the hybrid composition can still boast some class-leading numbers. At the low end, it's down to 1,600 pounds of payload and 5,000 pounds of towing--but at its strongest, the F-150 can carry 3,300 pounds and pull 12,200 lb.
Just as it ever was, Ford sells the F-150 in three cab styles: the two-door Regular Cab, the extended SuperCab which retains its rear-hinged rear doors, and the four-door SuperCrew. We've been in the four-door models, and the F-150's two extra inches of width make themselves known right away. The front passenger space is squared off and as roomy as a lie-flat seat on a plane. Ford's put the console and door armrests at the same height, and that will keep your chiropractor and your elbows happy over long distances.
Between the front passengers on most models, there's a wide, deep center console with enough capacity to hold a laptop, in addition to the spaces it reserves for cell phones, drinks, pens and business cards. The driver and passenger both get a set of controls that are simplified and scaled to operate while wearing work gloves. The infotainment functions have direct, hard-button access to most key features, while things like multicontour seats are controlled by a layer inside the MyFord Touch interface, where they're specified.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.