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  • 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Long Term Report 1 of 4

2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Long Term Report 1 of 4

Our of the year winner checks in for an extended stay

Oct 15, 2015
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
After besting a field of 9 trucks in a grueling weeklong competition, the all-new aluminum F-150 won our praise and our 2015 Pickup of the Year award. After a small delay due to high customer demand and plant switchovers, we finally got our hands on this gorgeous long-term F-150 for a yearlong evaluation.
Attempting to get our truck with a good mix of technology, capability, and luxury we ordered our SuperCrew in the Lariat trim with four-wheel drive and the short box. That got us a leather interior and a ton of standard equipment, such as BoxLink cargo tie-down system, LED exterior and cargo box lighting, 8-inch productivity screen, rear armrest, and heated and cooled front seats to name a few. To the $44,855 base price we added the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine ($400), which puts out an impressive 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with an EPA label of 17/19/23, premium Ruby Red Metallic paint ($395), power-deployable running boards ($995), twin-panel moon roof ($1,295), all-weather rubber floor mats ($95), adaptive cruise control ($1,295), max trailer tow package with integrated trailer brake controller ($995), towing mirrors ($165), FX4 Off-Road package ($775), tailgate step ($375), 36-gallon fuel tank ($395), technology package ($905), Lariat Sport appearance package ($300), spray-in bedliner ($475), and wheel well liners ($180). With a destination fee of $1,195, minus some package discounts, our price-as-tested came out to $60,535, a hair more than our self-imposed $60,000 limit. Wanting to avoid ire from our co-workers and readers for being too coddled, we skipped the massaging seat and self-parking options.
Our well equipped, but not-quite-loaded F-150, represents a pretty well rounded and luxurious truck. In our short amount of time with the F-150 so far, we’ve been reminded just why we picked it as our Truck of the Year. A huge cabin, smooth and quiet ride, quick steering, and a numerous features all work together to make the F-150 a great daily driver. For those times we are looking for a little more driving engagement, the Sport button on the shifter actually changes the character of the truck with better throttle response and a noticeably aggressive shift schedule. It’s a button that actually makes a difference.
Photo 2/3   |   2015 Ford F 150 Engine View
Within weeks of our trucks arrival, it found itself already hooked to a trailer. Putting it to use towing around our ’67 Ford F-100 project truck from one shop to the next with our heavy hydraulic tilt-deck trailer, more than 1,000 miles in this quarter were with the trailer attached. We appreciate the EcoBoost engine’s torquey nature, and while our loads were well short of Ford claimed 11,500-pound towing limits for this particular truck, we’ve been impressed with how well the truck handles 6,500 pounds, the max we towed to this point. So far the lightweight aluminum body doesn’t seem to have detracted from the tow vehicle stability, and a full complement of tech makes towing a pretty stress-free affair. An integrated trailer brake controller, 360-degree cameras, storable trailer profiles, trailer light checks, and great towing mirrors all help add to the confidence of this tow rig. It should be noted that Ford recommends 87-octane fuel in normal use, but insists on premium when towing. We’ve been splitting the difference with mid-grade fuel, adding premium when we know we’ll be towing.
It’s hard to find much fault with the new F-150, but a few complaints have been noted in our logbook. Testers aren’t fond of the synthetic engine noise that is pumped through the stereo speakers; after all it covers up the delicious organic sounds of a twin-cam, twin turbo V-6, and makes it hard, if not impossible to discern what the mechanical bits are doing under load. Real truck guys want an “off” switch for this feature. Two other comments revolved around a less-than-crisp Bluetooth connection and poor HomeLink performance, the former requiring us to practically be in the driveway to open up the garage door.
Out in the wild, we’ve fielded lots of questions about our aluminum F-150 by excited truck owners. With plans to go trailer free for some significant highway miles in the next quarter, we are expecting to deliver a vastly improved fuel economy number in our next report.
Photo 3/3   |   2015 Ford F 150 Headlights
Long-Term Numbers
Report 1 of 4
Previous report(s): None
Base price: $44,855
Price as tested: $60,535
Miles to date: 4,027
Miles since last report: First Report
Average mpg (this report): 14.16
Test best tank (mpg): 15.29
Test worst tank (mpg): 12.6 (Towing)
Test Maintenance: None
Test Problem Areas: None
Logbook Quotes:
“This color is absolutely stunning in the sunlight. I get compliments all the time.”
“Why does Ford feel the need to pump in fake engine sounds? It’s a multi-cam, twin-turbo V-6, and that’s awesome! Just own the noises.”
“The aluminum body is pretty invisible in everyday life, although you can tell the truck is lighter when you drive it back to back with competition.”
“The Bluetooth has really poor sound quality. It even hisses and crackles at times.”
“Interested to see what fuel economy an all-highway tank would have.”
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