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2015 Ford F-150 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Ford F-150 was new.


Performance: 9.0

The redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 impresses reviewers with its nimble handling and potent turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine options. They're especially pleased with the new, 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, which has plenty of power and delivers spirited acceleration. They also praise the new F-150’s compliant ride, though some point out that competitors like the Ram 1500 ride a bit more comfortably.

  • "For most general-use pickup buyers, the 2.7 EcoBoost is more than adequate and presumably the most fuel-efficient engine for those not completely leaden of foot. The 3.5 EcoBoost comes with the highest payload and tow ratings, but without pulling a big boat or something else heavy, you won't be blown away by the upgrade in thrust. And regardless of the acceleration rate, neither V6 turbo sounds as nice or revs as freely as the 5.0-liter V8.” -- AutoWeek
  • "We towed, drove off-road and enjoyed a long road trip, and the F-150 was wonderfully consistent and confident in every arena, no matter what challenge we threw at it." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "And the all-new 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 is the real deal, combining tractable power with impressive fuel economy." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The base 2015 F-150 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. There are three optional engines: a turbocharged (EcoBoost) 2.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, a 5.0-liter V8 with 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque and a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. With the base engine and rear-wheel drive, the F-150 gets an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is normal for the class. The F-150 gets its best fuel economy with the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, at an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg.

Test drivers say that models with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost deliver quick acceleration and plenty of power. F-150 models with the larger EcoBoost engine please critics with incredible acceleration and ample power. Others mention that the transmission is responsive and usually in the right gear.

  • "Accelerating onto the secondary road that led to the major Interstate that would be the route home, the 2.7-liter continued to impress. It isn't just fast for a small V6; it's fast. That opinion was reinforced on the I-10, the highway that goes all the way to Los Angeles, and it only took a quick squeeze of the throttle to get near the 80 mph speed limit that exists in much of Texas." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The smallest six-cylinder pulls confidently low in the rev range and offers exceptional refinement in terms of noise, vibration, and power delivery. It's worth every penny of the $795 premium over the base engine." -- Car and Driver
  • "For its part, the 365-hp EcoBoost V-6 feels downright fast. With the 6.2-liter V-8 now reserved for Super Duty trucks, this twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 is now the top engine you can get in the F-150 lineup, and it feels up to the task." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The six-speed auto is nicely matched to its power band, generally appropriate in gear selection and reasonably responsive (something we can't say about all Ford automatics)." -- AutoWeek

Handling and Braking

According to reviewers, the 2015 Ford F-150 feels agile and has good handling for a truck, with controlled body motions. Some say that the F-150's ride isn't as supple as that of the Ram 1500, but overall, most find it comfortable and easy to live with. A few critics report that the steering is responsive, but a bit too light. The F-150 also disappoints some reviewers with sensitive brakes that don’t provide much pedal feel.

  • "The steering is a touch on the light side yet accurate and responsive. Only the brake pedal, being touchy and failing to deliver any feedback, needs further improvement." -- Car and Driver
  • "As with the outgoing truck, the new F-150 features electric power-assisted steering. Most will be very happy with the helm in everyday driving, as it is nicely weighed and accurate." -- Autoblog
  • "Ride quality is solid-axle, large-pickup standard; these days it's easily tolerable. You won't be wishing for a load to dampen the bounce." -- AutoWeek
  • "Another big benefit of the aluminum body is that the latest F-150 is surprisingly nimble for a large pickup." -- AutoTrader
  • "Ride quality, while noticeably improved over the 2014 F-150 (which we drove from the airport to the event), does not appear to have surpassed that of the Ram." -- Motor Trend

Towing and Hauling

When properly equipped, the 2015 F-150 can haul up to 3,300 pounds and tow up to 12,200 pounds. Auto journalists note that the F-150 has an impressive maximum payload capacity for the class. They write that the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine shows little strain when pulling heavy trailers, and they appreciate the torque it offers when towing, especially in comparison with the V8 model. Critics also comment that the tow/haul mode is good at slowing and helping to stop the F-150 with a heavy trailer attached. 

  • "When we hitched 9000 pounds of cargo trailer to the 385-hp 5.0-liter V-8, we missed the 33 additional pound-feet of turbocharged torque from the EcoBoost engine." -- Car and Driver
  • "Ford had several F-150s with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost under the hood, an engine that proved smooth and capable when pulling near maximum towing capacity." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "More aggressive engine braking in tow/haul mode mitigates the 'oh s----' moment when you reach a traffic light or downhill stretch and remember there are an extra 4.5 tons to stop." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The new F-150's aluminum construction also helps to increase its capabilities. A lighter curb weight means more weight can be devoted to its payload capacity. The result is that a properly equipped F-150 can haul an almost unbelievable 3,300 pounds -- a figure that far outweighs the maximum payload numbers of any full-size pickup rival." -- AutoTrader

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