2016 Ford F-150

Overall Score: 9.0 / 10
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2016 Ford F-150 Overview

Our analysis of professional reviews and data puts the 2016 Ford F-150 at the top of the full size pickup truck rankings. Critics especially appreciate the F-150's powerful turbocharged V6 engine options, one of which (the 3.5-liter) gives the truck its highest possible towing capacity. Additionally, the F-150 has the highest payload rating and towing capacity in the class. Critics also think the F-150 is pretty athletic for a large truck. The seats are roomy and comfortable as well. On the downside, some class rivals have nicer cabins, and the F-150’s brakes feel overly sensitive to some.

SEATING


3-6

MPG


15-19

  CITY


21-26

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


4WD, RWD

HP


282-385
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Pros & Cons

  • Potent turbocharged engines
  • Agile handling
  • Seats are spacious and comfortable
  • Rival cabins more upscale
  • Touchy brakes

Notable for 2016

  • SYNC 3 infotainment system now available
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist now available

Ford F-150 Research and Awards

The 2016 Ford F-150 has a score of 9.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 9.0
Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.3
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 3_5

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2016 Ford F-150 Review

By Cody Trotter May 5, 2017

Our analysis of professional reviews and data puts the 2016 Ford F-150 at the top of the full size pickup truck rankings. Critics especially appreciate the F-150's powerful turbocharged V6 engine options, one of which (the 3.5-liter) gives the truck its highest possible towing capacity. Additionally, the F-150 has the highest payload rating and towing capacity in the class. Critics also think the F-150 is pretty athletic for a large truck. The seats are roomy and comfortable as well. On the downside, some class rivals have nicer cabins, and the F-150’s brakes feel overly sensitive to some.

The F-150 has a base price of $26,540, which is lower than almost every other full-size truck. However, there are several higher trims and many available equipment packages and optional features. A fully loaded F-150 is one of the most expensive trucks in the class, carrying a price tag close to $70,000.

F-150 Performance

Excellent Twin-Turbocharged V6 Engines

With its multiple engines to choose from, the F-150 makes sure drivers get the power they want. A 282-horsepower V6 engine comes standard, and it gets average fuel economy for the class, earning an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

Two twin-turbocharged V6s are available, a 2.7-liter with 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.5-liter with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a V8 engine, which has 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque.

While full-size pickup trucks have traditionally been defined by the brute force of their V8 engines, Ford's twin-turbo V6s are the real standouts in the F-150's portfolio. They deliver plenty of power in all driving situations, and their acceleration will surprise you. The twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 gets the best fuel economy of any F-150 engine, earning an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway.

The 3.5-liter twin-turbo gets about the same fuel economy as the base engine, and the V8 gets an estimated 15 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway – similar to the fuel economy offered by V8 engines in the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500. However, the Ram 1500 is available with a turbodiesel that gets better fuel economy than any engine the F-150 offers.

The twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6-powered models deliver the highest towing capacity of any of the F-150's engines. However, the V8-powered models have the highest payload, though they win out by less than 50 pounds over the twin-turbo 3.5-liter.

No matter which engine you choose, it will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that’s responsive and has no trouble finding the right gear.

Towing and Hauling Master

The F-150 can tow and haul more than any other truck on the market, which some automotive journalists ascribe to the fact that the F-150's body panels are constructed out of aluminum, saving weight. Its maximum payload capacity of 3,270 pounds is by far the best figure in the class. Its maximum towing capacity of 12,200 pounds edges out the Chevy Silverado's maximum capacity by 200 pounds.

Nimble Handling

The F-150 is pretty agile for a full-size truck, and its precise steering will come in handy when you have to navigate a winding road or park a trailer. Speaking of trailers, the F-150 even handles well when you’re pulling a heavy load. However, you may find the brakes a little grabby.

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F-150 Interior

Spacious Cabin

Although the 2016 Ford F-150’s interior isn’t as upscale as the cabin of competitors, such as the Chevrolet Silverado or the GMC Sierra, the interior is nice, with upper trims offering a fair amount of soft-touch materials.

Regular Cab F-150 models seat three, and SuperCab and SuperCrew models seat up to six. The front seats are comfortable, and you’ll appreciate how easy it is to find a good driving position. SuperCab models should offer adequate rear-seat space for short trips, but the SuperCrew models are the best choice if you plan to frequently carry passengers in back. The SuperCrew cab’s rear-seat legroom is nearly as good as some large sedans’.

While most full-size pickup trucks’ extended cab models have transitioned to offering four full doors, the F-150 SuperCab is one of the few extended cab models on the market holding out with rear-hinged suicide-style doors. With this design, you have to open the front door before you can open the rear door to gain access to the back seat.

Versatile Bed Setup

With three bed sizes ranging from 5 feet 6 inches to 8 feet, the F-150 has a bed that will suit your needs. It also has available features that make the bed even more useful. There’s a deployable tailgate step and side steps that make it easier to climb into the bed.

There’s also Ford’s BoxLink system. It lets you organize your cargo more efficiently thanks to the system’s bed-mounted brackets and tie-down cleats. The F-150 has plenty of small-item storage in the cabin as well.

Plenty of Infotainment Options

The F-150 comes standard with the voice-activated SYNC infotainment system. It includes features like Bluetooth and smartphone app integration, which allow you to enjoy everything you love about your phone while you’re in the truck.

There are plenty of available features as well. Satellite radio gives you a wealth of listening options, and dual-zone automatic climate control keeps you comfortable with ease. If you frequently pull a boat or trailer, you’ll probably want trailer backup assist, which lets you intuitively steer a trailer in reverse using a control knob while the truck controls the steering and limits speed.

The available SYNC 3 infotainment system replaces the MyFord Touch system and gives you the power to do even more right from the driver’s seat. It includes enhanced voice recognition, navigation, and a touch screen. It also includes Siri Eyes Free, which can read texts and emails to you so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.

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F-150 Pricing, Options, and Trims

The F-150 XL (base) trim has a starting price of $26,540, which is one of the lowest base prices in the class – only the Ram 1500 is less expensive. There are five higher trims. The highest is the Limited trim, which starts at $58,885.

There are three cab choices with the F-150: Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew. Regular cabs are the entry-level cab configuration. SuperCab models carry a starting price of $30,600, and SuperCrew models start at $33,055.

There are also three bed sizes: 8-foot, 6-foot-6-inch, and 5-foot-6-inch. Regular and SuperCab models come standard with a 6-foot-6-inch bed. You can upgrade to an 8-foot bed on Regular cab models for an extra $300 or an extra $1,100 on SuperCab models. SuperCrew models come standard with a 5-foot-6-inch bed and are available with a 6-foot-6-inch bed for an extra $300-$1,100, depending on trim level. The Limited trim is only available in a SuperCrew body style with a 5-foot-6-inch bed.

The different F-150 engines come with different price tags. The 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 costs $795 more than the base engine. Upgrading from the base engine to the V8 will cost you about $1,600, and choosing the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 will cost you about $2,300 more than the price of the base engine.

Once you’ve selected your preferred cab, bed length, trim level, and engine, you’ll be left to add any other options that you want. Every trim comes with a standard equipment group, but most are available with more expensive equipment groups that add additional features (how much more expensive varies from trim to trim).

There are also some other features that you can add individually. Adding four-wheel drive will cost around $4,500 extra. There are two towing features you might want: the Trailer tow package for around $900 and trailer backup assist for about $400. Active park assist costs an extra $440, though it isn’t available in every trim.

There are also a variety of styling add-ons that range in price from about a hundred dollars to a couple thousand. At the end of the day, a fully loaded F-150 will cost you nearly $70,000, making it one of the most expensive trucks in the class.

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F-150 Safety and Reliability

The F-150 scores well on crash tests. It earns a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The F-150 doesn’t have much in the way of standard driver assistance features, but several are available. Features like a 360-degree camera system and active park assist make it easier to squeeze the F-150 into a parking spot, which is helpful considering the truck’s large size.

Lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring help you stay safe on the highway, and forward collision alert can help you avoid low-speed accidents while cruising around your neighborhood.

The F-150 has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 (out of five), according to J.D. Power and Associates. While that is a good score, class rivals like the Toyota Tundra and Chevrolet Silverado have better ratings. Ford covers the 2016 F-150 with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Other Cars to Consider

The Chevrolet Silverado has two available V8 engines that generate plenty of power and are great for towing and hauling. The Silverado delivers a smooth ride over rough roads, and it’s more maneuverable in tight quarters than you’d expect. The interior has a posh look and feel compared to most other trucks, and the higher trims especially have excellent build quality. The cabin is quiet, and the front seats feel downright luxurious when fully upgraded. The Silverado features the MyLink infotainment system, which includes many state-of-the-art features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the entire system is user-friendly.

The Ram 1500 is the only truck in the class to carry a lower starting price than the F-150. With the Ram, you have your choice of engines: the standard V6, a V8, or a turbodiesel V6 that gets better fuel economy than any of the F-150’s engines. The Ram has arguably the most comfortable ride in the class, and the brakes have plenty of stopping power, which is useful when towing a heavy trailer. The quiet cabin features plenty of quality materials, and the front seats remain comfortable no matter how long you spend in them. Quad and Crew Cab Ram models have plenty of rear-seat legroom as well.

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Details: 2016 Ford F-150

The 2016 Ford F-150 comes in six trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. Regular Cab F-150 models seat three, while SuperCab and SuperCrew models seat up to six. A 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard. A 5.0-liter V8, a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, and a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 are available. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; four-wheel drive is optional. The F-150 was fully redesigned for the 2015 model year and sees no major changes this year. As a result, this overview uses applicable reviews and research from the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Standard features in the 2016 F-150 include the voice-activated SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display screen, Bluetooth and smartphone app integration.

Available features include a twin-panel moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a 360-degree camera system, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, curve control, active park assist, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with enhanced voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and Siri Eyes Free. SYNC 3 will also update automatically when connected to Wi-Fi.

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  • "The F-150's aluminum body and turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engines are unique in the full-size class, leaving the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500 and Toyota [Tundra] playing catch-up. The weight savings afforded by the aluminum body result in greater payload and improved fuel economy, as well as help the F-150 achieve best-in-class towing. And, while the EcoBoost V6 has proven it is capable of challenging the best V8s, both the Ram and Nissan Titan now provide a diesel option for their 1500 trucks, something Ford and Chevy have yet to offer." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The latest F-150 rises to the occasion, offering excellent capabilities, great gas mileage, an impressive new engine, a dramatically improved interior and a wide range of new high-tech gadgets. Yes, it's true that the 2015 Ford F-150 may not look very different from last year's model, but we can assure you that it's fully redesigned and worthy of a spot at the top of your shopping list." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "The big deal with Ford's new F-150 is the aluminum body. With it, the material has hit the mainstream-it doesn't get much more so than the bestselling vehicle in America. While that's its own milestone, Ford did a lot to take advantage of the lighter body's obvious and more subtle advantages, creating a truck that's going to beat up on the domestic competition." -- Road and Track (2015)
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