U.S. pickup truck sales jumped 6% to nearly 2.7 million units in calendar year 2016, a gain of roughly 149,000 units, fueled by surging midsize truck sales and the continued dominance of America’s best-selling line of vehicles.
But the Ford F-Series, on its own, sells 83% more often than the whole midsize sector put together. F-Series sales, in fact, soared to the highest level since 2005, with more than 820,000 units sold in 2016.
So, what makes this truck so special?
Introduced in 1948, the F-150 owns a distinction of being “The Most Popular Motor Vehicle Of All Time”. Not only has it outsold every other vehicle for the last 30 years, it has been the best selling truck for over 40 years!
There are numerous customization options between the three bed lengths, three cabins, and five trim models. Factor in choices for the engine and drivetrain, and you have seemingly limitless configurations.
Ford F-150 Power and Performance
There are multiple engine choices available for the current Ford F-150, including both V6 and V8 options.
• 3.5-liter V6 produces 255 pound-feet and 283 horsepower.
• 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 gives you 375 pound-feet of torque and 325 horsepower.
• 5-liter V8 generates 387 pound-feet and 385 horsepower.
• 3.5-liter Turbocharged V6 generates 420 pound-feet of torque and 365 horsepower.
Currently in its 13th generation, the contemporary model uses a large amount of aluminum construction and has shaved some 700 pounds from its curb weight by doing so. This lead to a boost in fuel economy and you can expect about 20 mpg with the 3.5-liter V6 and 22 mpg with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost.
Ford F-150 Capability
Since the F-150 was designed as a work truck, its towing abilities are no surprise. Sticking to the base engine lets you tow up to 7,600 pounds or tow 12,200 pounds with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. In fact, the F-150 has the Best-in-Class Towing with this number. To make towing easier, all models come with standard trailer sway control. There are also numerous available features to improve towing, such as Dynamic Hitch Assist, Smart Trailer Tow Connection, the 8-inch productivity screen, and Trailer Brake Control.
Ford F-150 for 2018
Ford has made several changes to their engine lineup for the 2018 model-year pickup, which Ford has confirmed will be a member of the current thirteenth generation F-Series. The 3.5L base engine has been replaced with a more efficient 3.3L V6 that boasts the same power as the outgoing 3.5, but promises better mileage. The new 3.3L V6 will be mated to the existing 6-speed transmission. The 2.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost engines, as well as the 5.0L V8 have had minor upgrades and improvements towards power and efficiency, and will all be mated to the new 10-speed transmission. These 3 engines will also all feature the stop/start technology which was previously only available with the 2.7L, further improving mileage across the board.
Ford is also introducing its first diesel engine in an F-150 which they’re calling the “Power Stroke” engine. The diesel engine is a twin turbo 3.0L V6 from the “Lion” lineup of engines shared abroad by PSA Peugot Citroën and Jaguar Land Rover. The engine will produce 440 lb-ft of torque and be mated to the new 10-speed transmission, and also feature the stop/start technology.
Over the years, there have been many different variations — high-performance versions, off-road models, luxury examples, and of course the plain-Jane work versions. But no matter the facia, the tough nature under the skin remains the same, and so it is no wonder why it’s the best selling vehicle in America.