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2016 Ford F-150 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Ford F-150 was new.


Interior: 8.3

While automotive writers report that the 2016 Ford F-150’s higher trims (Lariat and above) use soft-touch materials throughout a handsome interior, most say the cabin can’t compete with rivals’ more-upscale interiors. They do find, however, that the seats are roomy and supportive. Reviewers praise the SYNC 3 infotainment system for its user-friendliness, but some say that pairing a smartphone with it can be difficult.

  • "Tough meets modern in the 2016 Ford F-150, where buyers can get cool features like a Wi-Fi hotspot, two 3-prong power outlets, smart cruise control, active park assist, and the ability to have the Sync 3 infotainment system read text messages to you while you drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The F-150 King Ranch cockpit could upstage a Lincoln. And no matter the trim level, your elbows, hands, and butt fall on nice-enough materials. However, the dash plastics are still relatively low-rent, and the fit and finish fall well behind what Chevrolet and Ram have achieved." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "It's all very sensible, but we wish the cabin looked nicer -- neither the design nor the materials match what's offered in the Ram 1500." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • The base XL interior feels fairly cheap, though hard-plastic graining is a bit better than in the 2014. The two-layer dash with soft vinyl inserts, standard on the Lariat upward, is the F-150's salvation in comparison with the Chevy Silverado's well-finished cab." -- AutoWeek (2015)
  • "Materials quality is up everywhere we look and touch. And the layout and tactile feel of the various buttons and knobs is light-years ahead of the previous model. It's a big step forward, but enough of the familiar Ford vibe remains to appease the traditionalists." -- Edmunds (2015)


Regular Cab F-150 models seat three, SuperCab and SuperCrew models seat up to six. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, front bucket seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available. Test drivers praise the comfortable front seats and say that finding a pleasant driving position is easy. They add that the back seat is spacious, noting that the F-150 has rear-seat legroom that rivals some sedans.

  • "The SuperCrew (crew cab) is extremely roomy, with rear-seat legroom that would make some full-size sedans envious. … Also making the cab comfortable are seats that have been carefully sculpted to reduce fatigue." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Your elbows and waist can thank the lower beltline. … That in turn put the upper part of the driver's window sill on a more comfy plane for forearms, and the lower (main) door arm rest is now at the same height as the center console." -- Road and Track (2015)
  • "Thinner front seats with re-contoured backsides enhance rear legroom and knee clearance to give rear-seat occupants more space. There was never a shortage, but the extra space makes it that much more pleasant. None of this ruins the comfort of the front seats, and the high-end Platinum and King Ranch versions can even be fitted with - wait for it - seat massage systems." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The driving position is commanding, with the new styling improving outward visibility thanks to the signature dropout in the front windows plunging even lower on 2015 models." -- Autoblog (2015)

Interior Features

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.

The new SYNC 3 impresses critics with its smartly arranged layout and simple touch-screen interface, although some note that it can be tricky to pair a smartphone to the system. They add that the dashboard layout is straightforward and the physical buttons for several climate and audio functions are easy to use.

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  • Sync 3 employs a simplified touchscreen with clearly laid-out categories, and it responds to pinch and swipe commands just like a smartphone. Pairing the Sync system to your phone and getting it set up can be finicky, but it's a useful workaround for the standard, form-over-function radio interface with its lookalike buttons. The touchscreen included with the optional Sync 3 system improves things considerably, providing crisp graphics with an intuitive, dashboard-style category menu at the bottom." -- Edmunds
  • "The basic hard switch layout is similar [to] the 2014 F-150, and excellent. Audio sits above, climate-control below. There are 2-inch rotary knobs for volume, tuning, temperature on each side o[f] temp and fan and pushbuttons for everything else, including conventional station presets." -- AutoWeek (2015)
  • "The console shifter deserves special mention. It's chunky, has good action and fits well in the palm of your hand. And it has just the right shape to make a handy armrest while you fiddle with the climate control system or MyFord touchscreen. From the Lariat on up, a revised and enlarged 8-inch 'productivity' screen sits between the two main gauges. The array of information on offer is substantially greater, but it's also simpler to sift through thanks to the addition of a customizable home screen and a tab structure to quickly identify the various data categories." -- Edmunds (2015)


Regular Cab and SuperCab F-150 models are available with 6-foot-5-inch or 8-foot beds, and SuperCrew models are available with 5-foot-5-inch or 6-foot-5-inch beds. Available cargo features that reviewers praise include a deployable tailgate step and Ford’s BoxLink system, which includes brackets mounted to the bed and tie-down cleats that allow you to haul cargo more efficiently. They add that the F-150 features ample in-cabin storage space and a convenient flat rear floor that makes it easy to load cargo.

  • The F-150's floor is flat, making the middle rear seat comfortable, while also allowing more room for storage." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The best innovations, though, might be the simplest ones. There's now a flat floor in the cabin so you can actually stack boxes when you fold the rear seats, and the new BoxLink system adds four anchors in the sides of the bed that allow drivers to hook in tie-downs, bungee cords, or E-track, a cargo-management system familiar to those who move snowmobiles, ATVs, and the like in trailers." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "There are a brace of LEDs to illuminate the cargo box, too, and a rather trick optional Boxlink cargo management system employing easily configurable cleats to restrain loads or hang ramps out of the way." -- Autoblog (2015)

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