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Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Ford F-150 Review

The 2015 Ford F-150 is a class leader with powerful engine choices, exceptional towing and hauling capabilities, and impressive handling. 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 more upscale interiors

2015 Ford F-150 Overview

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

The 2015 Ford F-150 hits the sweet spot for full-size pickup truck shoppers. Its solid performance, numerous bed and cabin configurations, and spacious second row give it the upper hand over its rivals. This truck also boasts solid safety and reliability ratings.

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How Much Is the 2015 Ford F-150?

Our site has nearly 8,500 listings for the 2015 F-150, with an average price of around $33,000. Prices range from about $25,000 to around $42,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford F-150 Cost to Own?

The 2015 F-150 tends to be more affordable than most of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $26,800 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s five-year costs are typically about $2,350 higher than the F-150’s, while the 2015 Ram 1500’s costs are around $5,000 higher.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New F-150?

The 2019 Ford F-150 is a great choice among new full-size pickups, and it’s worth buying if you can afford it. Considering how well the 2015 F-150 has held its value, it may be worth springing for a new model. The 2019 F-150 starts at around $28,000, while prices for a 2015 F-150 starts at around $25,000. There have been several changes to the F-150 between 2015 and 2019, including the introduction of the user-friendly SYNC 3 touch-screen system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, several standard active safety features, and a higher towing capacity by 1,000 pounds.

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If you don’t need the five-figure towing capacity of a full-size pickup, you may want to consider a new compact pickup truck like the 2019 Ford Ranger, which starts at $24,000. The Ranger can't compete with the F-150 when it comes to towing and hauling, but it's no slouch either. Depending on configuration, the 2019 Ranger has a maximum payload capacity of up to 1,860 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of up to 7,500 pounds. The Ranger has a lot of standard features, including a USB port, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, the voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system, a rearview camera, Ford's MyKey system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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Which Model Year of the Ford F-150 Is Best?

Ford fully redesigned the F-150 for the 2015 model year. You can likely save a lot of money with an older model, but you’ll miss out on the benefits of the redesign. These include updated interior and exterior styling, a new lineup of powertrains, increased towing and payload capacities, as well as a whole host of newly available driver assistance features. You’re better off sticking with models within this generation than going with an older F-150 from before 2015.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford F-150?

The 2015 Ford F-150 has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Ford F-150 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are nine open recalls that apply to the 2015 Ford F-150.

When the engine-block heater is plugged in for a long time, corrosion in a connector cable can cause a short and increase the risk of a fire. There is also risk of fire from sparks when the seat-belt pretensioner deploys in a crash, and some seat belts may not be properly anchored to protect occupants in a crash. Another recall fixes faulty door cables, latches, and door handle covers that can cause the doors to open when driving or in the event of a side impact crash. One recall addresses a rear seat-belt buckle that can detach and not adequately restrain an occupant in the event of a crash. When using adaptive cruise control, the truck may falsely detect an obstacle ahead and brake unexpectedly, unless repaired by the recall. Part of the steering shaft may separate, resulting in loss of control and increasing the risk of a crash. Finally, loose or missing underbody heat shields can increase the risk of a fire.

To avoid these problems, be sure that a Ford dealer has addressed all recalls before buying a used 2015 F-150.

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Which Used Ford F-150 Model Is Right for Me?

Like most pickup trucks, the Ford F-150 has tons of different powertrain, cab configuration, and bed size combinations. Choosing an engine, rear- or four-wheel drive, cab type, and bed size will depend on your personal preferences or needs.

The 2015 Ford F-150 comes in five trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. The F-150 Lariat trim serves up a healthy dose of tech features, seating amenities, and value for the money. These 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.

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Certified Pre-Owned Ford F-150 Warranty

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. Ford’s CPO program is midrange among nonluxury brands for the coverage and benefits that it provides. Rivals like Chevrolet, GMC, and Toyota offer more robust CPO programs.

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with less than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Ford vehicles that earn CPO status have the original new-car powertrain warranty extended to seven years or 100,000 miles and come with an additional 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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How Safe Is the F-150?

The 2015 F-150 has great safety scores for its class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the F-150 an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the F-150 Crew Cab the highest score of Good in five crash tests. This version of the truck was also named a 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick, which is the organization’s second-highest accolade. The F-150 Extended Cab earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test, which excluded it from a Top Safety Pick designation.

The F-150 doesn’t have any standard driver assistance features. However, there are several active safety features, including a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, the MyKey driver monitoring system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and a surround-view parking camera.

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2015 Ford F-150 Versus the Competition

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

Whether you buy the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or the F-150, you’re getting a good full-size pickup truck. Both have above-average reliability ratings and comparable towing capacities. The F-150 has a higher max payload than the Silverado 1500, a lightweight aluminum body, and more available safety features, like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. On the other hand, the Silverado 1500 has a higher-quality interior than the F-150, an available Wi-Fi hot spot, and a V8 engine that produces a class-leading 420 horsepower. Choosing between these two trucks comes down to what you value more: the Silverado 1500's nicer interior or the F-150's stronger capability.

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

The 2015 Ram 1500 has powerful available engines, a smooth ride, an upscale cabin, and one of the best infotainment systems in the business. Its RamBox storage bins flank the truck's bed, providing a practical way to hide smaller cargo. On the downside, the Ram 1500 has overly light steering. And although the Ram has a nicer cabin than the Ford, the F-150 has sharper handling, higher maximum towing and payload capacities, and better safety scores.

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2015 F-150 Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford F-150 Drive?

The 2015 Ford F-150 comes with a choice of four engines: a base V6, two turbocharged V6 engines, and a V8. Power output ranges from 282 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. All F-150 models feature an aluminum body, which gives the truck a lower curb weight than its competitors. 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 vehicle of its size, and it has a comfortable ride. However, the brakes are more sensitive than some may like.

Does the 2015 Ford F-150 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 F-150 gets decent fuel economy for its class. The turbo V6 engines get the best estimates, at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The base engine returns ratings of 18/24 mpg city/highway.

2015 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity

The Ford F-150 has a maximum towing capacity of 12,200 pounds and a payload limit of 3,300 pounds. Both capacities are more than what other full-size trucks can handle.

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2015 F-150 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 F-150 Seat?

Ford F-150 Regular Cab models seat three people, while the SuperCab and larger SuperCrew models seat up to six. Instead of a bench seat, some SuperCab or SuperCrew models have two front bucket seats, which reduces seating capacity to five. Interior upholstery comes in vinyl, cloth, or leather. Some models have power-adjustable, heated, and cooled front seats, and a class-exclusive massaging feature is available in upper trims. A heated steering wheel is also available.

The truck’s front seats are wide and comfortable, and they provide an expansive view of the road ahead. SuperCrew models have an excellent amount of legroom that lets even taller adults stretch out. The midrange SuperCab models are a little more cramped in the second row.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford F-150?

Ford F-150 SuperCrew models have two complete sets of second-row LATCH connections. The middle seat has a dedicated tether anchor, and it can borrow lower anchors from either side, but that renders the anchors from that side seat unusable. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system a rating of Marginal for overall ease of use. The tether anchors are hard to find, and you may confuse other hardware for the connection points.

2015 Ford F-150 Features

The 2015 F-150 comes with few standard features besides a four-speaker stereo (six speakers in SuperCab or SuperCrew models) and a 4.2-inch audio display. Available features include power locks and windows, cruise control, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and remote start.

The available MyFord Touch infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, the voice-controlled SYNC system, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Kicker audio system, and a 10-speaker Sony audio system.

The upgraded MyFord Touch interface is easy to use. If you’re more old-school, you may appreciate the presence of several physical buttons and knobs to easily change audio or climate settings.

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2015 Ford F-150 Dimensions

Ford F-150 Cargo Space

The F-150 is available with a 5-foot-6-inch, 6-foot-6-inch, or 8-foot bed, and it has a maximum payload capacity of 3,300 pounds. Available upgrades include a deployable tailgate step and Box Link, which adds versatility and gives you more tie-down locations than the average pickup.

2015 F-150 Length and Weight

The 2015 F-150’s length ranges between 17.4 and 20.9 feet.

Where Was the 2015 Ford F-150 Built?

Ford built the 2015 F-150 in Michigan and Missouri.

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