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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Ford F-150 Review

With powerful engine choices, exceptional towing and hauling capabilities, and impressive handling, the 2015 Ford F-150 is a class leader. Although its rivals have nicer interior materials, the F-150’s cabin provides plenty of space and comfortable seating.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Powerful available engines
  • Excellent max towing and hauling limits
  • Great handling for a truck
  • Spacious, comfortable cabin

 

  • Rivals have nicer interiors

2015 Ford F-150 Overview

Is the 2015 Ford F-150 a Good Used Truck?

Complete with a lightweight aluminum body, the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 hits the sweet spot for full size pickup truck shoppers. Its solid performance, numerous bed and cabin configurations, and unique tie-down features give it the upper hand over its rivals.

Used 2015 Ford F-150 Performance and Interior

The 2015 Ford F-150 comes with a choice of four engines: a base V6, two turbocharged V6 engines, and a V8. Power ranges from 283 horsepower with the base V6 engine to 385 horsepower with the V8. While the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine delivers the best fuel economy of the bunch, the 3.5-liter turbo V6 has the highest torque rating for optimal hauling and towing. Fuel economy is good for the class, at 15-19 mpg in the city and 21-26 mpg on the highway. All F-150 models feature an aluminum body, which gives the truck a lower curb weight than its competitors.

The F-150 can haul up to about 3,300 pounds and tow up to 12,200 pounds, which is more than competing trucks can handle. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard, while four-wheel drive is available. The F-150 handles corners well for a truck, and it has a comfortable ride. However, the brakes are more sensitive than some may like.

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While the 2015 Ford F-150 uses nicer interior materials than the outgoing generation, rival full size pickup truck have nicer cabins. Regular Cab models seat up to three occupants, while the SuperCab (aka Extended Cab) and larger SuperCrew models seat up to six. Interior upholstery comes in vinyl, cloth, or leather. Some models have power-adjustable, heated, and cooled front seats. A class-exclusive massage feature is available in the upper trims. Rear-seat legroom is excellent in SuperCrew models. Models with rear seats have two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat.

The F-150 offers three different bed lengths, though their availability is dictated by the truck's cab configuration. Available upgrades include a deployable tailgate step and Box Link, which adds versatility and gives you more tie-down locations than the average pickup.

The base F-150 is essentially a work truck, so it has few standard features. The available MyFord Touch infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The system is easier to use than previous versions. It employs redundant buttons and knobs, so you aren’t restricted to only using touch controls.

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Used 2015 Ford F-150 Prices

The price of used 2015 Ford F-150 ranges from about $22,600 for the base XL trim to around $43,600 for a well-equipped Platinum model. Prices fluctuate with demand and depend on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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Instead of basing our reviews on our personal opinions, we analyze the findings of the automotive press alongside data like reliability ratings and safety scores. We consulted 23 outside reviews to help you decide if the 2015 Ford F-150 is the right truck for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford F-150?

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2015 Ford F-150 scores a 3.5 out of five for predicted reliability. This is considered above average overall but typical for a full size pickup truck.

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How Safe Is the F-150?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 F-150 SuperCrew a Top Safety Pick. The SuperCab model scored a Marginal in the small overlap front test. This precluded it from being a Top Safety Pick, though it still earned the highest score of Good in all other crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 F-150 an overall rating of five out of five stars. 

A post-crash emergency alert system comes standard in all F-150 models. Some used models have a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, parallel parking assist, inflatable rear seatbelts, and a 360-degree camera. 

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Should I Consider Another Used F-150?

The fully redesigned 2015 F-150 introduced the pickup truck’s 13th generation, which includes the 2017 Ford F-150. For 2016, Ford upgraded the F-150's infotainment system and began offering a feature called Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which simplifies the task of backing up a trailer. Still, you’re better off saving your money and sticking with the 2015 F-150, as it offers many of the same features.

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Which Used Ford F-150 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Ford F-150 comes in five trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. Of the five, the Lariat trim serves up a healthy dose of tech features, seating amenities, and value for the money. F-150 Lariat models come with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, power-folding side mirrors, and a rearview camera with hitch assistance.

If you’re concerned about the risks associated with buying a used vehicle, consider a certified pre-owned model. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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2015 Ford F-150 and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford F-150 or 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

Whether you buy the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or the F-150, you’re getting a good truck. Both have an above-average predicted reliability rating and comparable towing capacities. The F-150 has a higher max payload, a lightweight aluminum body, and more available safety features, like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. On the other hand, the Silverado has a higher-quality interior, an available Wi-Fi hot spot, and a V8 engine that produces a class-leading 420 horsepower.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford F-150 or 2015 Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 offers powerful available engines, a smooth ride, an upscale cabin, and one of the best infotainment systems in the business. Its trunk-like RamBox storage bins provide a practical way to hide smaller cargo. On the downside, the Ram 1500 has overly light steering. Although the Ram has a nicer cabin, the F-150 has more of what full size pickup truck shoppers are looking for: sharper handling, higher maximum towing and payload capacities, and better safety scores.

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