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By Allyson Harwood on October 13, 2014 4:00 PM

For about the last year or so, the biggest headlines about the 2015 Ford F-150 have focused on the material that the truck's body is made of. However, on our recent road trip from San Antonio, Texas, to Southern California, we saw that there is a lot more to Ford's new pickup. While the switch from a steel body to aluminum is a big deal, in many ways it's no big deal--this is still a truck that does everything you want a truck to do, it does it very well and in a lot of ways, the new F-150 is best in its class.

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As every new truck comes out, staying at the top of the heap gets tougher. In the case of the 2015 F-150, Ford had several challenges. Ford had to ensure its truck would stay just as capable as it was in the past, if not more so, that it would do this with impressive fuel economy and that the truck would also have the modern luxury and connectivity features that truck buyers have come to expect. Everything is new from the ground up, starting with a tough frame that uses more high-strength steel than in the past while saving weight. Of the four engines, two are new and the two returning engines have been improved. The body is made of aluminum, including the hood, doors and bed. The end result is best-in-class towing capacity (12,200 pounds), best-in-class payload capacity (up to 3,300 pounds) and when the EPA's numbers are announced, fuel economy that should be at or near the top of its class. Some of the fuel economy improvement is due to the weight savings in the body, an improvement of as much as 700 pounds, a difference that helps on its own, but secondly makes it possible to use a smaller engine to power a relatively big truck.

The F-150 has new styling that aligns it more closely to the heavy-duty Super Duty trucks, and the interior has been dramatically improved to add more features and make the cabin more comfortable. New items include a 360-degree camera, two different 110-volt/400-watt outlets and heated front and rear seats. There is new lighting for the truck bed, a power release tailgate, the next generation of a tailgate step that is stored in the top of the tailgate and LED spotlights that make it easier to see on either side of the truck when unloading gear at night.

Also: The Class of 2015 -- New Vehicles Ready to Roll

http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the...t-drive-the-1300_mile-test/2000011277/#survey
 

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They drove the new F150 from the Texas drive event 1,300 miles to California. They said mileage was "well in the 20's for the entire trip".....interesting read......and the first long drive test with any mention of MPG for the 2.7EB.
Ford must obviously have an embargo on journalist's revealing their actual MPG readings....
 

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If you start with the fuel tank mostly full, how did you keep track of the actual mileage? That well in the 20s could also be 18-19 mpg
According NSAP most journalists use the DIC, they say it is more accurate then pumping gallons etc. and trying to determine how much used....
 

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Test??? :bs: First review??? :confused: Maybe just ford propaganda? :blah:
"First reviews" by many automotive review sites including KBB are essentially manufacturer sponsored events in which the reviewers are provided with access to pre-production vehicles.

The KBB article's author, Allyson Harwood, stated: "We flew into San Antonio to sample the new F-150 at an event put on by Ford."

I'd wait until true comparison tests are conducted among the new F-150 and trucks from GM, Ram, and Toyota to draw conclusions about each's strengths and weaknesses.
 

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I noticed he said it didn't attract much attention, what's the point of buying one if it looks the same as the old one?
You're seriously going to say that with a straight face. Please show me where the K2XX is a styling revolution over the old one. And I don't get the "F150 looks like a Tundra" comments either. These trucks look nothing alike. If anything, Toyota's headlights look like GMC's. In detail, point out the styling copies Ford did of Toyota. To my eye, completely different grill, hood, headlights, fog lights, bumper treatment. Nothing looks the same.

 

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I thought the author was the editor of Truck Trend (of Motor Trend), not at KBB.COM. Maybe they use MT articles?

http://www.motortrend.com/staff/allyson_harwood/

These are obviously good trucks and I think the fuel economy will be class leading with the 2.7L. GM has some great trucks, just nothing that is really a stand out feature. They need to come up with something big. The only thing I don't like about the GM trucks is the rear head rests. Side ones are inadequate and the center one is missing (as always in a GM vehicle).
 

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I thought the author was the editor of Truck Trend (of Motor Trend), not at KBB.COM. Maybe they use MT articles?

http://www.motortrend.com/staff/allyson_harwood/

These are obviously good trucks and I think the fuel economy will be class leading with the 2.7L. GM has some great trucks, just nothing that is really a stand out feature. They need to come up with something big. The only thing I don't like about the GM trucks is the rear head rests. Side ones are inadequate and the center one is missing (as always in a GM vehicle).
Center head rest missing I can understand that complaint, but what makes the side rear headrests "inadequate" ?
 

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It does not look like the Tundra. If I hadn't bought a 2014 Sierra, I'd consider the new F150.

The Tundra, on the other hand, is wretched. It looks like an explosion of toy plastic grafted will-nilly onto the front of an otherwise presentable vehicle. Toyota styling has been beyond weird lately, though.

Grills are definitely their weak point.
 
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