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2017 Ford F-150 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford F-150 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

In its higher trims, the 2017 Ford F-150’s cabin features a good amount of high-end materials. Still, it doesn’t quite have the luxurious feel of some rivals' cabins, notably the GMC Sierra and Ram 1500. The F-150’s seats are spacious and comfortable, and there is plenty of available technology, both on the infotainment and driver assistance fronts. 

  • "Ford's new F-150 offers a spacious, quiet cabin with firm seating and all controls within easy reach of the driver. Models like the King Ranch and Platinum feel luxury-car lavish." -- 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)

Seating

The F-150 seats three in Regular Cab models and five or six in SuperCab and SuperCrew models. Cloth upholstery is standard. Vinyl and leather upholstery, front bucket seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The F-150’s front seats are comfortable, and you’ll have no trouble finding a convenient driving position. In SuperCab and SuperCrew models, the rear seats have plenty of space, so even adults can ride without feeling cramped. In fact, some test drivers say that the F-150 SuperCrew’s rear seats are as spacious as those in some large sedans.

Models that have rear seats also feature two full sets of LATCH connectors. Note that if you have to hook in a child seat (or two), the tether anchors are hard to find and easy to confuse with other hardware in the cabin. Fortunately, you’ll have no such trouble with the lower anchors, which are readily identifiable and make it easy to snap in a car seat.

  • "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
  • "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

Like most pickups, the F-150 offers few notable standard features in its base trim. Available features include a twin-panel moonroof, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, MyKey, a 360-degree camera system, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, active park assist, and the voice-activated SYNC system with a 4.2-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and smartphone app integration. The SYNC 3 infotainment system with enhanced voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation and Siri Eyes Free is also available. SYNC 3 updates automatically when connected to Wi-Fi.

The F-150 isn’t heavy on standard features, but it does have plenty that are available. If you want the best infotainment that the F-150 offers, you’ll need the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which has a user-friendly interface and a responsive touch screen. But even though the on-screen layouts are well-organized, you still may have some trouble linking your smartphone to the system.

You don’t have to use the SYNC 3 system to do everything, however. There are plenty of physical buttons that control audio and climate functions, and because the dashboard layout is smartly arranged, you’ll have no trouble finding the switches you need.

There are a good number of active safety features available in the F-150. Some, like a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, are common to many vehicles. Others are more advanced and can make your life easier on a crowded street. These include features like lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning, which can help you avoid crashes.

The F-150 is also available with Ford’s MyKey system. If you have a teenage driver, this is one you’ll want. MyKey lets you program a secondary key so that the truck cannot exceed certain speeds and so the radio volume is kept at a certain level. In other words, you can program MyKey, give the spare to your teen, and have a little less anxiety about their driving habits while you’re not with them.

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  • "More commonly found on luxury sedans and SUVs, the 2017 Ford F-150 offers a 360-degree surround camera. The system not only shows drivers important blind spots when parking or towing, it can also give a clear view down low, a real bonus when navigating obstacle-packed off-road trails." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

Cargo

There are three available bed lengths: 5-foot-6-inches, 6-foot-6-inches, and 8-foot. The F-150 is available with BoxLink, which is Ford’s system of moveable tie-downs, making it easier to secure cargo in the bed. Stowable loading ramps are available as well, to help you load vehicles like lawn tractors, motorcycles, or ATVs for transport. You can even get an integrated tailgate step to make getting in and out of the bed easier. In the cabin, the floor of the rear-seat area is flat, making it easy to load large items that you'd rather secure in the cab than in the bed.

  • "The F-150's floor is flat, making the middle rear seat comfortable, while also allowing more room for storage." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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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