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Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Ford F-150 Review

With its powerful engines, class-leading safety scores, and strong towing capabilities, the 2017 Ford F-150 claims a spot near the top of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-flight safety scores
  • Below-average ownership costs
  • Nimbler handling than most trucks
  • Above-average maximum towing capacity
  • Good fuel economy
  • Less-upscale cabin than rivals

New for 2017

  • Raptor Trim reintroduced
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto made available
  • New 10-speed automatic transmission made available

2017 Ford F-150 Overview

Is the 2017 Ford F-150 a Good Used Truck?

The 2017 Ford F-150 is very good used pickup truck. It features excellent driving dynamics – including nimbler handling and a higher towing capacity than most other pickups – and strong safety scores. A massive range of options, powertrains, and body types help make the F-150 a good pick for most truck buyers. It may not have the most upscale cabin in its class, but its combination of value and quality helped it earn our 2017 Best Full Size Truck for the Money award.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Ford F-150 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 32 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 F-150?

Based on more than 5,500 used 2017 Ford F-150 listings on our site, you can expect to pay between $26,000 and $52,500 for this vehicle. Its average list price is $34,200. That’s lower than most rival's average price. Prices vary depending on vehicle configuration, features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford F-150 Cost to Own?

Over the course of five years, you can expect to spend around $24,800 on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Ford F-150. That’s about $4,960 per year. Those are the lowest estimates in the full-size pickup truck class. Over five years, those same expenses will cost you about $1,900 more with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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

Ford made a few updates to the 2018 F-150. A new 3.3-liter V6 engine replaces the old 3.5-liter V6. The new engine brings a little more horsepower and slightly better fuel economy. The 2.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 engines were tweaked as well. They are now paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 model also received exterior styling updates. Because these aren't major changes, you won't miss much – and you'll likely save a lot of money – by going with a 2017 model instead.

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If you'd like a new full-size pickup truck for about the same or less than the price of an average 2017 F-150, you have many options. For that price, however, you’ll get a model without upgraded engine options or extra interior features. For example, you could purchase a 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman for $31,695, but it would be a fairly bare-bones model and lack the F-150’s towing capacity.

You might also consider a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado (starting at $28,300). While not quite as capable as the Ford, the Silverado is still a great truck. It boats a slightly more upscale interior and significantly higher reliability ratings than the F-150.

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

The 2017 F-150 is part of a generation that began with the 2015 model year and includes the 2018 F-150. For 2017, this truck received a new 10-speed automatic transmission mated to the optional (and newly revised) turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, which delivers better fuel economy and more horsepower than the previous model. Ford also reintroduced the off-road-oriented F-150 Raptor for 2017 and added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. The 2016 F-150 gained Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system as an available feature, as well as Pro Trailer Backup Assist. All models in this generation have similar scores. Therefore, if those updates aren’t essential to you, consider saving save money by shopping for an older F-150.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford F-150?

The 2017 F-150 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Ford F-150 Recalls

At the time of this writing, nine recalls have been issued on the 2017 Ford F-150. The doors on some models may open while driving or after a collision. Other recalls address the possibility of an air bag rupturing, seat belts detaching or being insufficiently welded, and problems with the transmission shift linkage causing the vehicle to roll if the parking brake is not applied. Before buying this vehicle, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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

The 2017 Ford F-150 comes in a number of configurations. There are three cab styles – Regular, SuperCab (extended), and SuperCrew (crew cab) – seating three to six people. The Regular and SuperCabs offer a 6.5- or 8-foot bed while the SuperCrew can be paired with a 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed. There are also seven trim levels: the Ford F-150 XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and Raptor. The right model for you will largely depend on what you’re looking for. Those seeking off-road performance, for example, might take a shine to the Raptor. With a 450-horsepower, twin-turbo V6 engine, a reinforced frame, skid plates, a long travel suspension, a unique four-wheel-drive system, and a Terrain Management System, the Raptor carves out a space for itself as the most powerful off-road-ready pickup truck available.

As with many pickup trucks, the base trim is sparse. The Ford F-150 XLT trim adds a little, but those looking for leather upholstery should look to the Lariat trim and above. In fact, the Lariat trim is an excellent choice for a daily driver. It comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. If you plan to do a lot of hauling, you may want the Lariat with the optional 3.5-liter 375-horsepower EcoBoost engine. The King Ranch trim, offered only as a SuperCrew, adds navigation and an upgraded audio system, and the top-of-the-line Limited adds some advanced safety features.

The max trailer tow package is not available for the F-150’s Limited or Raptor trims.

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Certified Pre-Owned Ford F-150 Warranty

Even with its above-average predicted reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned Ford. For 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.

According to our analysis, Ford’s CPO program is comparable with Nissan’s, though neither offers the same level of coverage as Chevrolet and Toyota.

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How Safe Is the F-150?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 F-150 a perfect five-star overall rating, as well as five stars in front and side crash testing. It earned four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the F-150 a Good rating (the best possible) in all five crash safety tests.

No driver assistance features come standard in the F-150, but plenty are available in higher trims. These features include a rearview camera, a 360-degree surround-view camera, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, lane keep assist, and rear parking sensors.

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2017 Ford F-150 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford F-150 or 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is another strong contender in the full-size pickup truck class. Both trucks offer a lineup of powerful engines. The Silverado can tow more, but the F-150 has a higher payload capacity. The F-150 also gets higher safety scores, and its average price is $3,000 less than the Silverado 1500’s. However, the Chevy features a higher predicted reliability rating. Both are excellent pickups.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford F-150 or 2017 GMC Sierra 1500?

Even in its base trim, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 feels a little more luxurious than a base F-150. Also, the Sierra is capable of towing up to 12,500 pounds, which is slightly more than the F-150, even when outfitted with a trailer tow package. However, the F-150 earns higher safety and predicted reliability scores and has a higher payload capacity. Additionally, the average price for the 2017 F-150 is almost $8,000 less than for the Sierra. Go with the F-150.

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2017 F-150 Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford F-150 Drive?

Despite being a big truck, the F-150 is agile, at least by truck standards. Its precise steering makes the truck easy to maneuver, and it rides comfortably on most surfaces, even when off-roading.

The 2017 Ford F-150 has a wide lineup of powerful engines ranging from the base model's 282-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 to the Raptor’s 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost V6 that puts out 450 horsepower. A 375-horsepower version of this engine comes standard in the Limited trim and is available across the lineup. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard, though the 3.5-liter EcoBoost comes with a 10-speed automatic instead. Front-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Ford F-150 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine, the F-150 gets average fuel economy for the class. It earns an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Opting for the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 bumps that up to 19/26 mpg, which is excellent for the class.

2017 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity

The 2017 Ford F-150 has one of the best towing capacities in its class. When equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and max trailer tow package, this truck can tow up to 12,200 pounds. It also has a maximum payload capacity of 3,270 pounds.

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2017 F-150 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 F-150 Seat?

Depending on your choice of body style, the Ford F-150 can seat three to six people. Cloth upholstery is standard, while leather-trimmed seats are available. Power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats are also available. SuperCrew trucks are as spacious inside as some sedans and SUVs, offering plenty of headroom and legroom. The front seats are comfortable, but many rivals offer more upscale cabins.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford F-150?

In F-150s with a second row, there are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard seats. An additional tether anchor on the middle seat can borrow a lower LATCH anchor from either side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system their second-lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use.

2017 Ford F-150 Features

Like many pickup trucks, the base Ford F-150 XL skimps on standard features. Available features include Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, satellite radio, a rearview camera, voice recognition, navigation, and a sunroof. Available driver assistance technology includes a 360-degree surround-view camera, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high beams. Ford also offers the MyKey system, which allows you to limit the truck’s speed and volume for other drivers of your truck.

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2017 Ford F-150 Dimensions

Ford F-150 Cargo Space

Ford offers three bed sizes for the F-150: a 5.5-foot box, a 6.5-foot box, and an 8-foot box. Note that not every bed size is paired with every cab style. When properly equipped, the F-150 has a class-leading maximum payload capacity of 3,270 pounds.

2017 F-150 Length and Weight

The F-150’s length varies depending on its body type. It can range anywhere from 17.4 feet (with the Regular Cab and 6.5-foot box) to 21.9 feet (with the SuperCab and 8-foot box). Its gross vehicle weight ranges from 6,010 to 7,850 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Ford F-150 Built?

Ford manufactured the 2017 F-150 in Michigan and Missouri.

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