The competition isn't catching up to the Ford F-150 anytime soon — and may never. That's because the F-150 sets the high standards for light-duty full-size pickups with its lightweight, high-strength military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed. This is not aluminum in the household sense, but heat-treated and hardened aluminum alloy — the same high-grade 6000 series used in military and industrial applications.
The Ford F-150 has the only high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body in its class. A heat-treating process is used to harden the aluminum alloy. Working with aluminum alloy allows an increase in gauge (or thickness) where needed to achieve strength without increasing weight. The lighter aluminum-alloy body and bed produce a higher power-to-weight ratio — plus maximum payload and tow ratings that are best in class.* Yet another benefit — resistance to dents.
The fully boxed frame is made of more high-strength steel (up to 78 percent) and larger cross sections than the previous-generation frame. And while stronger and more rigid, this frame is also lighter by up to 60 lbs. because many of the components are fabricated using the state-of-the-art roll-forming process that minimizes weight.
Shifting into four-wheel drive is as easy as turning a dial with the electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) system. ESOF lets you choose two four-wheel-drive modes (4x4 low or high) as well as two-wheel drive. LARIAT, King Ranch , Limited, Platinum and Raptor models also include automatic 4WD mode. The FX4 Off-Road Package includes electronic-locking rear differential (locks the rear axle completely for enhanced traction at both wheels), Hill Descent Control, off-road tuned shock absorbers, skid plates, and "FX4 Off-Road" decal. Plus, the available 360-degree camera with split-view display is helpful when you're maneuvering in tight spaces and on off-road trails.
The F-150 Raptor employs advanced technology to help provide the degree of control required for extreme off-road travel. Its Terrain Management System offers seven selectable modes (Normal, Sport, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Deep Snow/Sand, Baja, and Rock Crawl). And now, the Raptor adds new Trail Control to its already impressive suite of tech features. Trail Control is a cruise control system for off-road terrain. You set the speed from 1 to 20 mph and the system manages acceleration and braking, sending torque and stopping force to individual wheels as needed, so you can focus on steering over the demanding terrain.
F-150 offers a six-engine lineup covering three configurations: naturally aspirated V6 and V8 gas powerplants with advanced twin-independent variable cam timing, turbocharged and direct-injected gas EcoBoost V6 engines, and 3.0L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel. Whether you drive an F-150 for work or recreation, there's an engine delivering the performance that's just right for you.
The 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 delivers responsive performance with 290 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) opens/closes the valves in precise duration to suit operating conditions, so power output is optimized at every point across the performance band. The 3.3L also has the Ford port-fuel and direct-injection (PFDI) system with two injectors per cylinder — one mounted in the air intake port, another inside the cylinder. The 6-speed automatic transmission has three selectable modes to suit the driving condition: Normal, Tow-Haul, and Sport.
The F-150 provides lots of places to store the assortment of things you carry inside the cab. Stow items in the door-trim panel bins and the glove box. There's space for a laptop inside the available flow-through center console. And the SuperCab and SuperCrew models feature a fully flat rear load floor with under-seat storage.
Optional LED lighting is available virtually anywhere you need it. Quad-beam LED headlamps provide bright, efficient and long-lasting illumination. Class-exclusive LED side-mirror spotlights illuminate any task at hand from just about any angle after the sun has set. LED box lighting helps you work at night and lets you see under a tonneau cover. LED trailer hitch light on the tailgate handle is included with the trailer tow packages and helps with hitching up to a trailer at night.
Your F-150 is built to work hard. But that doesn't mean you have to. That's why the F-150 is designed to be easy to operate, whether you're inside the cab or working out of the pickup bed. F-Series offers a broad range of features such as the available 8" Productivity Screen, 360-degree Camera with Split-View Display, and FordPass Connect. So you can work smarter, more productively. What's more, F-150 offers driver-assist technologies to help make life on the road more reassuring.
Available BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) signals you in the outside mirror when a vehicle is detected in a blind spot — and provides coverage for the truck you're driving as well as the trailer you're towing. The cross-traffic alert feature can detect a vehicle passing behind when you're slowly backing out of a driveway or parking place.