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2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Long Term Report 3 of 4

Technology and Convenience

Apr 13, 2016
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
Our Lariat tester might not be the highest trim level of F-150, but it is still packed full of high-end technology. Our F-150 came to us loaded with an 8-inch center screen with Sync with MyFord Touch and navigation, 360-degree camera with split-view display, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, reverse sensing, blind spot info system (BLIS), an 8-inch productivity screen, along with all the typical things you’d expect, such as Bluetooth and HomeLink.
This suite of technologies work together to make the F-150 a much more functional truck in every day living. For instance, the 360-degree view cameras make parking or avoiding obstacles in tight places easy to do from the driver seat. The four-camera system has multiple views that can work at low speeds on the trail, help nose in to a parking spot, or help the driver to check for cross traffic before backing out of a driveway. Hooking up a trailer alone is also made easy with a rear camera and lines on the display that move with the steering wheel to anticipate the track of the truck. However, we’ve found that the reverse sensing system can sometime sense a hitch in the receiver, giving off an irritating audible warning every time the shifter is put in reverse. Because there is no physical button to turn the system off, you either have to remove the hitch from the receiver or turn the system off in the driver information center each time the vehicle is restarted, as it always defaults to “on.”
Another feature we use on a daily basis is the adaptive cruise control, which allows the truck to maintain a preset speed or lower it to match the speed of traffic in front of it. While the system works well, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the braking logic that seems to brake the truck a little later and more aggressively than we would do ourselves. The system is also a generation behind some of the better ones on the market, as it won’t stay engaged at speeds of less than 15 mph. The most current systems will bring the vehicle all the way down to a stop and accelerate without the need for the driver intervention—a nice touch in stop-and-go traffic that we wish the F-150 was capable of.
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LED lighting is used throughout the F-150, from the signature running lights to the well-lit bed.

For ’16, the F-150 lineup received the next-generation QNX-based Sync 3 system, dropping the dated Microsoft-based platform that’s is in our long-termer. However, Ford has tried to keep the older Sync system as current as possible and recently released an owner-installable update that adds Siri Eyes Free functionality. While not CarPlay, its still nice to have voice access to things like the weather, music, audibly sending or receiving texts, and even getting directions through Apple Maps on the iPhone.
Other things we like about the F-150 include the fantastic LED lighting. Not only do the LEDs give the truck a distinctive look at night, but the headlights are absolutely fantastic. These LED headlights are among the best factory headlights we’ve ever tested, and additional LED lighting in the bed ensures you can see your cargo in the dark.
During this quarter, we put another 5,198 miles on the truck with a best tank of just 17.29 mpg. Fuel economy has not been a strong suit of the EcoBoost-powered F-150 during our testing, and we are still nowhere close to matching the 23-mpg EPA label in real-world driving.
Long-Term Numbers
Report 3 of 4
Previous report(s): Jan./Feb. ’16, May/June ’16
Base price: $44,855
Price as tested: $60,535
Miles to date: 15,116
Miles since last report: 5,198 Average mpg (this report): 15.09
Test best tank (mpg): 17.65
Test worst tank (mpg): 12.6 (towing)
Test Maintenance: 10,000-mile service
Test Problem Areas: Bluetooth connection quality

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The 360-degree camera is great for seeing what obstacles might be lurking near the truck.

Logbook Quotes:
“The shifter takes up a lot of useable console space. You don’t notice it until you get into a GM truck with the column shifter or a Ram with the knob. ”
“Lightweighting was supposed to be good for fuel economy, but it has an adverse effect on trailer towing. Heavy trailers push this truck around a lot more than the previous F-150.”
“Thanks to the flat rear floor and wide cabin, each of the rear seating positions are comfortable when carrying three across.”
“The upgraded LED headlights are bright, with a very white light. Each time we hop in to a competitive truck, we have to make sure the headlights are on.”
“The collision avoidance warning is very sensitive. I’ve had startle me with full panic mode in situations that don’t necessitate any reaction. It needs the sensitivity dialed back a bit.”
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