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

2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat 4x4: A year in the rearview mirror

Aug 5, 2016
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
When the ’15 F-150 debuted, it was considered a controversial move by the automotive industry. How would Ford be able to mass-produce an aluminum-bodied truck at the scale required by the F-150? Would the weight savings help fuel economy or hurt capability? How would the new truck hold up over the long haul? We were smitten enough with Ford’s latest F-150 that we crowned it our 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year and ordered one for our long-term fleet to get a feel for the ownership experience.
We are happy to report that after one year and almost 19,000 miles, our 3.5L EcoBoost V-6–powered SuperCrew 4x4 proved reliable, with no issues that took the truck out of service or left us stranded. Whether we were commuting, hauling, or towing, the EcoBoost and 6-speed automatic transmission were a good match for one another and performed flawlessly. Servicing the F-150 was easy, only requiring two scheduled visits, where Ford changed the oil and completed a couple of software updates and recall campaigns in the same appointment.
Photo 2/6   |   2015 Ford F 150 Supercrew Long Term Report Front
In daily driving, the aluminum-based weight reduction was far less noticeable than we expected. We thought that the F-150 rode well but exhibited too much understeer from our FX4 off-road package and tires. When we did notice the reduction mass was while towing moderate to heavy loads (7,000 pounds or more), where we felt the F-150 was more susceptible to trailer gyrations than the huskier previous-generation truck. Fortunately, Ford’s trailer sway control kept things in check and the truck and trailer between the lines. It is worth noting that we had no issues with the aluminum bed, but the cab did exhibit some body creaks toward the end of our test.
The 3.5L EcoBoost proved strong and responsive, but it didn’t deliver near the fuel economy we had hoped for. Despite an EPA highway label of 23 mpg, we never broke 19 mpg, and our test average of 15.18 mpg wasn’t exceptional but on par with most fullsize trucks. We attribute this to having one of the heavier body and mechanical configurations available, along with the less aerodynamic tow mirrors and a low 3.55:1 axle ratio for towing. Ford also gives the EcoBoost a synthesized engine note that plays through the speakers to sound more like a V-8. This “feature” can’t be turned off and is truly pointless addition that hides the beautiful mechanical sounds of the turbos and multi-cam V-6 under the hood.
Photo 3/6   |   2015 Ford F 150 Supercrew Long Term Report Side
Beyond the twin-turbo V-6 and aluminum body, the F-150 is a thoroughly modern truck, jam-packed with features. Whether it’s technology such as the 360-degree cameras and adaptive cruise control or the automatically deployable running boards and second-generation tailgate step, the F-150 is a great tool for any job. In fact, the only real issue we had with any of the tech was a substandard Bluetooth experience, with poor sound quality that often gave feedback, echoes, and hissing. It’s one of the few areas of improvements that impacted our everyday experience with the truck.
After a year with the F-150, it’s easy to see why the truck remains so popular. We were impressed with the technology, features, comfort, service costs, and reliability. With many improvements slated for the F-150 lineup in ’17, the F-150 will continue to be a strong entry worthy of consideration and we look forward to Ford’s continued innovation in the 1/2-ton market.
Photo 4/6   |   The glass roof on our F-150 was great for sight seeing on family trips and helped give the truck an open and airy feel.
Photo 5/6   |   Ford’s power-deployable running boards tuck up close to the body and offer a nice wide footpad for ingress into the cab.
Photo 6/6   |   2015 Ford F 150 Supercrew Long Term Report Ecoboost

Long-Term Numbers
Report: 4 of 4
Previous report(s): Jan/Feb ’16, May/June ’16, July/Aug. ’16
Base price: $44,855
Price as tested: $60,535
Miles to date: 18,871
Miles since last report: 3,755
Average mpg (this report): 15.44
Test best tank (mpg): 18.61
Test worst tank (mpg): 12.6 (Towing)
Test Maintenance: 10k Maintenance Service, 20k Maintenance Service, Adaptive Cruise Control Recall
Test Problem Areas: Bluetooth connection quality, body creaks
Logbook Quotes:
“Maybe there is something to this dent-resistant aluminum, we survived a whole year without a door ding!”
“The F-150 is a good-looking truck and one of the most distinctive vehicles going down the road at night.”
“As nice and roomy as the F-150 interior is, some of us just never found the front seats all that comfortable.”
“Our bed saw all kinds of use during the year, from mountain bikes to greasy axles rolling around and other than a faded bedliner, is no worse for the wear.”
“Surprisingly, I am starting to hear some looseness in the structure over broken pavement or turning into the driveway.”

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