Ford Claims Best-in-Class Towing, Payload with 2015 F-150
3.5-Liter EcoBoost V6, 5.0-Liter V8 claim top honors
Ford has released towing and payload numbers for the 2015 F-150, and by the looks of it, Ram, Chevy, and GMC should be worried. Properly equipped, the F-150 absolutely crushes the ½-ton fullsize market in terms of trailering and hauling.
With the turbocharged EcoBoost V6, the F-150 has a maximum trailer weight rating of 12,200 pounds, narrowly edging the segment’s previous champions, the Silverado and Sierra, which can tow up to 12,000 pounds when equipped with the 6.2L V8. A comparable Ram 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi V8 can tow up to 10,450 pounds. Each of these trucks must be equipped with their companies’ respective towing packages to reach these numbers. The EcoBoost V6 can also haul a maximum payload of 3,100 pounds as well.
The F-150’s available 5.0L V8, however, is what throws down the junk-hauling gauntlet, boasting a ridiculous 3,300-pound payload rating. Put another way, you could load an entire deconstructed Ford Focus in the bed of the F-150 and still have room for a passenger or two in the cab. Compared to the Ram 1500, which has a maximum payload of 1,720 pounds, and the GM ½-ton trucks, which are rated at 2,100 pounds, the F-150 destroys the competition in payload.
The F-150’s other engines also post competitive numbers. The 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 claims the best numbers of any base-engine ½-ton pickup, with a payload rating of 1,910 pounds and a maximum trailer weight rating of 7,600 pounds. The all-new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 can haul an 8,500-pound trailer or a payload of up to 2,250 pounds.
The biggest question about the 2015 F-150 is how well its all-aluminum body and new, high-strength steel frame will withstand the abuse that such high payload ratings and towing capacities can dish out. The Silverado/Sierra twins and Ram 1500 are made using more conventional, proven materials, so the switch for Ford is a big gamble.
Still, the company claims that, by the time the F-150 goes on sale, it will have been torture-tested for 10 million miles in all weather and terrain conditions, including even the Baja 1000 race, so durability hopefully won’t be an issue. And the company insists that the 2015 F-150’s weight savings over the 2014 model are what make the 2015 post such huge payload and towing numbers. Ford also expects the new truck to get between 5 and 20 percent better fuel economy than the 2014 F-150 as well.
We’re excited to get our hands on a few different 2015 F-150s to test those payload and trailer ratings ourselves later this year, particularly the comparatively tiny 2.7L EcoBoost V6. Could such a small engine be competitive in such a large vehicle? We hope so.