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America’s best-selling truck drops heavy steel sheet metal for lighter aluminum, and adds a fuel-efficient V6.

The Numbers

  • MSRP: $37,005
  • Tested Price: $43,085 (MSRP minus $1,500 in manufacturer discounts, plus $1,195 destination fee and a $6,385 power plant, trim and option list)
  • 2.7-liter direct injected V6 EcoBoost® engine mated to a 6-speed automatic (tested)
  • 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft. of torque
  • 18 mpg in the city
  • 23 mpg on the highway
  • 20 mpg combined
  • Towing/Payload Capacity: 7,600 lbs./1,740 lbs.

Our tester came with Equipment Group 301A ($2,150), which included XLT Series standard features, in addition to rear a window defroster, satellite radio and a rear view camera. It also came equipped with the 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost® engine ($795), XLT Chrome Appearance Package ($1,695), remote start ($195), LED side mirror spotlights ($175), tailgate step ($375), integrated trailer brake controller ($275), LED box lighting ($125), center console ($125), and spray-in bed liner ($475).

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Hits

  • Towing capacity is best-in-class among other V6-powered trucks
  • Stop/start technology with EcoBoost® engine helps save gas
  • Key fob remote tailgate lock/unlock feature means no fumbling with keys
  • Large, deep storage in center console for tools, gear, etc.
  • LED spotlights on side mirrors outwardly illuminate very well
  • Smart towing module keeps driver informed (i.e. notification if a taillight is burned out)
  • Cup holders in tailgate are a nice touch

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Misses

  • Steering feels loose at highway speeds
  • Option prices can add up quickly, turning this truck into quite the pricey hauler
  • Cloth seats feel somewhat down-market and raise questions of  long-term durability

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Value Retention

In regards to value retention, Ford F-150 sits in third place (out of seven) within the three-year-old half-ton pickup segment by holding 61.3% of its value in 2015.  Ford’s truck outperforms the segment value retention score average of 60.1% for 2015.

Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “@Ford's #F150 is filled with unique features, like a tailgate cup holder.”