Overview

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Overview (Final Score: A)

The 2017 Ford F-150 is America's best-selling vehicle and outsells all competitive pickups by almost two to one. For 2017, Ford added a lot to the F-150, including a new 3.5-liter V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission for improved power, performance and fuel economy.

That engine enters the Raptor with an outstanding 450 horsepower of output thanks to some turbo upgrades and engine tuning. The Raptor itself is unique in the class with its extreme off-road equipment and fast-paced styling and power.

The 2017 F-150 is offered with five engine choices, two transmissions, rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, and three cab and three bed size choices.

What We Love About the 2017 Ford F-150:


  • Excellent tow and payload ratings

  • Wide range of technology and comfort options

  • Engine choices and packaging for every need


 

What We Don't Love About the 2017 Ford F-150:


  • Lighter vehicle weight can be a nuisance when towing

  • Stiff ride on the highway

  • Fuel economy is often not equal to expectation


 

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Exterior View (10/10)

Every truck maker has a persona and Ford is no different. The F-Series has a strong, beefy look that is marked by a large grille, C-shaped headlamps and well-defined fender creases. The F-150 carries all of those hallmarks as Ford's flagship pickup truck.

The 2017 Ford F-150's exterior design begins with its large, squared grille. Heavy chrome lines run through the grille, creating three horizontal stripes atop an underlying mesh. Alongside this grille are headlamps making a C whose opening points towards the grille. A flat hood rides above that and well-defined fenders with strong creases to emphasize the large wheel wells dominate the edges.

A square body for the cab cuts down sharply and the rear fenders around the bed mirror the front. The belt line is defined by a downward swoop at the center of the front doors, which drops to add more glass to the rear view mirror access. Beefy bumpers tie everything together fore and aft and tail lamps similar to the headlamps finish the look.

The Ford F-150 has a solid appeal to it that's made it very popular.

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Interior Comfort, Quality, Ergonomics (9/10)

Inside the 2017 Ford F-150, the interior experience begins with a spacious cabin that utilizes intelligent controls layout and the thoughtful placement of technology. Seating is firm and spacious in all trim levels, gaining comfort as the trim upgrades. The SuperCab configuration offers a decent back seat while the SuperCrew cab is large enough for even the big and tall to find plenty of room in the back seats.

Materials quality is good, but definitely improves in the higher trim levels. Pickup trucks are competitive and interiors are a big part of that. Ford sets the standard in the higher trim levels, but in the lower trims, some rivals may have it beat - especially Ram Trucks and GMC.

For the driver, the F-150 is hard to beat for controls layout and visibility. The 2017 F-150 may be one of the easiest full-size trucks to park, thanks to that. A few details, such as the huge shifter, are a bit odd, but these are not serious drawbacks. The F-250's more traditional column-mounted shifter means more usable storage in the console and the F-150 might benefit from that as well.

In all, the 2017 Ford F-150's cabin is roomy, comfortable and well outfitted at all trim points.

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Technology (10/10)

Lower trim levels of the 2017 F-150 have little or no technology for infotainment, getting by with Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio. The new Sync 3 infotainment interface is available or standard in upper trims, and offers one of the richest and easiest-to-use infotainment options in the industry.

Ford's Sync 3 has an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and Siri Eyes Free and it automatically updates when connected to any WiFi signal. The 2017 Ford F-150 has a user-friendly Sync 3 interface with a responsive touchscreen that features smart and easily understood menu layouts.

Also available for the F-150 is a trailer backing system that uses the larger infotainment screen to show a backup camera view of the trailer behind the truck. The driver can then guide the trailer using a knob on the dashboard that turns the trailer in the direction the knob is turned, improving backing for those who are not as trailer-savvy as others. It's also great for trailers that are too small to see clearly in the rear view and side mirrors.

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Fuel Economy (9/10)

Fuel economy varies in the 2017 Ford F-150 with various engine, transmission and drivetrain options.

In the rear-wheel drive models, the base engine for the F-150 is rated at 20 mpg combined, with 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway in regular gasoline and 15 mpg combined (13/18) with E85 ethanol mix. The upgraded turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway for 19 mpg combined. The bigger 5.0-liter V8 is EPA-rated at 18 mpg combined with 15 city and 22 highway or 13 mpg combined with 11 mpg city and 16 mpg highway when using E85 ethanol-gasoline. The highly efficient 2.7-liter engine is EPA-rated at 21 mpg combined with 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Moving to 4-wheel drive models, the 5.0L 8-cylinder engine is rated at 17 mpg combined, with 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway with regular gasoline and 13 mpg combined (11/16) with E85. By contrast, the efficient 2.7L engine is rated at 19 mpg combined (18 city, 22 highway). The 3.5L turbocharged engine is rated at 19 mpg combined (17/23) and 14 mpg combined (12/17) with gasoline or E85, respectively. The high-end Raptor with its modified 3.5-liter engine is available only in 4WD and offers 16 mpg combined, with 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

In our road tests of an F-150 Platinum edition and an F-150 Raptor, we found that the EPA ratings are sometimes a bit enthusiastic. The standard F-150 with the 3.5L turbocharged engine did very well with fuel economy numbers about on par with expectation during normal driving. When off-road, even in 2WD, those numbers dropped significantly. In the Raptor model, the EPA's 16 mpg combined was very optimistic with our numbers being closer to 14 mpg all told.

Predicted Reliability, Initial Quality Ratings (9/10)

The 2017 Ford F-150 has a slightly better than average ("Better Than Most") rating from the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study. It has also received only one recall, for a simple gear indicator. The F-150 has enjoyed a reputation for reliability throughout its current generation and we expect that to continue, even with the new transmission and engine option.

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Safety (10/10)

The 2017 F-150 has some of the best safety scores you can expect from crash testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the 2017 F-150 at 5-Stars overall, with five stars on all crash tests except rollover, for which it received four.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2017 Ford F-150 a Top Safety Pick status with top-most "Good" ratings on all crash tests performed.

Performance (10/10)

The myriad of engine options for the F-150 mean that there is probably a drivetrain setup for just about every buyer. The base V6 is a 3.5-liter that produces 282 horsepower. It does a decent enough job of pulling the truck around under light loads and normal use.

The upgraded 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 is a little better, going to 385 hp and improved towing and capability. This engine doesn't sacrifice much fuel economy for the upgrade in usefulness and is the go-to engine for the F-150 in this generation. A six-speed automatic is standard with both of these V6 engine options.

A 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 that outputs 375 horses is also available on some trim levels. This can be mated to either a 6-speed automatic or a new 10-speed automatic. The most fuel-efficient of the options, this engine sacrifices a bit of capability on some fronts, but gains a lot in return. It's also the most car-like of the engine choices, giving the F-150 a more low-to-the-ground feel and a much faster response on the throttle for everyday driving.

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The go-to V8 is a venerable 5.0-liter that outputs 385 horsepower. It allows ethanol to be used as a fuel (unliked the turbocharged engines) and good all-around capability.

Finally, a new twin-turbocharged Ford Performance engine is offered in the Raptor model, with the 10-speed automatic as the only transmission option and 4-wheel drive as the only drivetrain of choice. This engine outputs a whopping 450 horsepower. All 4-wheel drive F-150 models have off-road packaging to include skid plates and the like, but the Raptor takes that to new levels with a reservoir-based suspension system, bigger brakes, beefier wheels, huge tires and a lot more.

In everyday performance, any of the F-150 models will do well for normal use and driving. Hauling light loads, pulling small trailers and otherwise getting around is good in any F-150. The Raptor has a rougher highway ride than its counterparts, as should be expected of the beefier tires and suspension.

Under load, the turbocharged V6 and standard V8 engines are the options of choice for pulling heavier trailers and carrying beds full of goods. Any of the 4WD models will do well hauling your gear to the campsite and pulling a small boat or other toys to the lake, though, with the capability to get everything there and back.

Another improvement in towing comes with a slight upgrade to the Tow Mode selector and trailer sway control. The braking system and trailer sway controls are better at keeping the driver from feeling pushed around on the highway by a bigger trailer. This was an issue in earlier renditions of the newly aluminum-bodied F-150, which is lighter and has a lower center of gravity, both of which meant trailers sometimes felt as if they were pushing the truck around.

Other high points of driving the F-150 include the great visibility and smart options like electronically telescoping mirrors for towing and 4-wheel drive automatic, which allows the 4WD system to engage as needed, acting in a way similar to an all-wheel drive SUV.

Pricing and Value (9/10)

The 2017 Ford F-150 is one of the best-priced trucks on the market with diverse trims and package options to allow just about any need to be covered. The F-150 outsells the nearest competitor (as of this writing) by two to one and is the best-selling vehicle in America, bar none.

From the base level pricing up to the most expensive models at over $60k, the F-150 has a price point that matches just about anyone's budget. Best pricing in terms of value for a consumer-grade pickup meant to do light-duty work and occasional weekend hauling is in the Lariat package and upper-edge XLT packages.

Most buyers will be best served with a 6.5-foot or shorter box, which maximizes payload and minimizes parking headaches. Especially with SuperCab and SuperCrew models with their valuable back seating.

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Total Score and Competitive Comparison (76/80, 95%)

The full-size pickup truck market is full of excellent competitors. The best-selling 2017 Ford F-150 is rivaled by the excellent Ram 1500, which includes a diesel option and the competitive Rebel package against Ford's Raptor. The Chevrolet Silverado and its twin the GMC Sierra offer excellent towing and capability, but not as many engine choices or diverse packaging options by comparison. The all-new Nissan Titan is another excellent choice, including its heavy-duty half-ton model the XD with both diesel and gasoline options. Buyers might be surprised with Nissan's class-leading warranty.

The F-150 remains the most competitive in terms of pricing and value, and offers a good warranty and excellent packaging options. The 2017 Ford F-150 has a great all-around build and can be trimmed and packaged to meet most any need. With a huge choice of engine and powertrain options, excellent technology and top-shelf safety ratings, there isn't much to knock about the F-150.

Trim Style Engine Drive Train MSRP
Crew Cab - 4WD
XL XL 4WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box V6 4WD 37160
XLT XLT 4WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box V6 4WD 41235
Lariat Lariat 4WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box V6 4WD 46645
Raptor Raptor 4WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box V6 4WD 52250
King Ranch King Ranch 4WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 54505
Platinum Platinum 4WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 57060
Limited Limited 4WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box V6 4WD 63625
XL XL 4WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 39115
XLT XLT 4WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 43225
Lariat Lariat 4WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 47695
King Ranch King Ranch 4WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 54805
Platinum Platinum 4WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 57355
Crew Cab - RWD
XL XL 2WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box V6 RWD 33650
XLT XLT 2WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box V6 RWD 37740
Lariat Lariat 2WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box V6 RWD 43225
King Ranch King Ranch 2WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box 8 Cylinder RWD 51080
Platinum Platinum 2WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box 8 Cylinder RWD 53635
Limited Limited 2WD SuperCrew 5.5' Box V6 RWD 60200
XL XL 2WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box V6 RWD 34955
XLT XLT 2WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box V6 RWD 39050
Lariat Lariat 2WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box V6 RWD 43525
King Ranch King Ranch 2WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box 8 Cylinder RWD 51380
Platinum Platinum 2WD SuperCrew 6.5' Box 8 Cylinder RWD 53935
Extended Cab - 4WD
XL XL 4WD SuperCab 6.5' Box V6 4WD 34625
XLT XLT 4WD SuperCab 6.5' Box V6 4WD 38815
Lariat Lariat 4WD SuperCab 6.5' Box V6 4WD 44290
XL XL 4WD SuperCab 8' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 36660
XLT XLT 4WD SuperCab 8' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 40870
Lariat Lariat 4WD SuperCab 8' Box 8 Cylinder 4WD 45340
Raptor Raptor 4WD SuperCab 5.5' Box V6 4WD 49265
Extended Cab - RWD
XL XL 2WD SuperCab 6.5' Box V6 RWD 31195
XLT XLT 2WD SuperCab 6.5' Box V6 RWD 35390
Lariat Lariat 2WD SuperCab 6.5' Box V6 RWD 40865
XL XL 2WD SuperCab 8' Box V6 RWD 32500
XLT XLT 2WD SuperCab 8' Box V6 RWD 36695
Lariat Lariat 2WD SuperCab 8' Box V6 RWD 41165
Regular Cab - 4WD
XL XL 4WD Reg Cab 6.5' Box V6 4WD 31755
XLT XLT 4WD Reg Cab 6.5' Box V6 4WD 35905
XL XL 4WD Reg Cab 8' Box V6 4WD 32055
XLT XLT 4WD Reg Cab 8' Box V6 4WD 36205
Regular Cab - RWD
XL XL 2WD Reg Cab 6.5' Box V6 RWD 27110
XLT XLT 2WD Reg Cab 6.5' Box V6 RWD 32480
XL XL 2WD Reg Cab 8' Box V6 RWD 27410
XLT XLT 2WD Reg Cab 8' Box V6 RWD 32785

Comparison of 2017 Ford F-150 with Similar Cars

2017 Ford F-150 MSRP Invoice
2017 Ford F-150 $27,110 $25,754
Similar Cars to Consider MSRP Invoice Compare
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $27,785 $26,535 2017 Ford F-150 VS 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2017 GMC Sierra 1500 $28,405 $27,127 2017 Ford F-150 VS 2017 GMC Sierra 1500
2017 Toyota Tacoma $24,575 $23,040 2017 Ford F-150 VS 2017 Toyota Tacoma
2017 Toyota Tundra $30,120 $27,861 2017 Ford F-150 VS 2017 Toyota Tundra

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