2017 Ford F-150 Overview
Pros & Cons
- Powerful turbocharged engine choices
- Roomy, supportive seats
- More agile than most trucks
- Strong safety ratings
- Sensitive brakes
- Less upscale cabin than rivals
Notable for 2017
- New 3.5-liter engine
- New 10-speed automatic transmission
- Off-road Raptor trim overhauled
Ford F-150 Rankings and Research
The 2017 Ford F-150 ranking is based on its score within the Full Size Pickup Trucks category. Currently the Ford F-150 has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
- #1 in Full Size Pickup Trucks
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2017 Ford F-150 Review
The 2017 Ford F-150 is poised to once again be a dominant force on the truck market. Critics praise the F-150 for its powerful available engines and its handling, which they say is more agile than most other trucks'. They add that the interior is spacious and note that SuperCrew models have back seats with sedanlike legroom. But there's no such thing as a perfect vehicle, and even strong all-around performers like the F-150 have a few warts. The brakes are on the sensitive side, and reviewers point out that some class rivals have nicer interiors.
Our analysis of data and professional reviews puts the 2017 F-150 near the top of our full-size truck rankings, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's out of your price range. Depending on what you're looking for from your truck, the F-150 could be one of the most affordable or most expensive rides in the class. With a starting price of $26,540, the F-150 has one of the lowest base prices among full-size trucks. However, there are several higher trims, larger engines, and available features to choose from, and if you want it all, expect to pay up. A fully loaded F-150 can approach $70,000 – more expensive than most fully loaded competitors.
Two Turbos Are Better Than One
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting an engine in the F-150. There are five options in all, including the base V6, a V8, and three twin-turbocharged V6 options, though the most powerful of these is limited to the off-road Raptor model. The twin-turbo engines offer the most power and the best acceleration, and they’re also the engines you want when pulling a trailer, as they can tow the heaviest of loads without feeling strained.
The base F-150 gets OK fuel economy for a full-size truck, earning an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. If you want the best gas mileage, the twin-turbo engines are once again the answer. The 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 gets the best fuel economy in the F-150’s engine lineup, earning EPA estimates of 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway.
Nobody will confuse a truck for a sports car, but that doesn’t mean all trucks handle poorly. Enter the F-150, which is more nimble than most large trucks. It has accurate steering, which helps you stay in control on winding roads and makes it much easier to park a trailer. If there is a complaint, it’s that the brakes are a little too sensitive for some critics’ tastes.
The F-150 is one of the best full-size trucks for towing, and it has a maximum capacity of more than 12,000 pounds. It also has one of the highest payloads in the class, at nearly 3,300 pounds. There are several features – including Trailer Sway Control and Dynamic Hitch Assist – that make it easier to connect and pull a trailer.
The front seats in the F-150 are comfortable, and their adjustability means you’ll have little trouble finding a good driving position. Models that have two rows of seats have ample space in the back, to the point that even adults can ride back there without feeling cramped. The F-150 is even family friendly, as the rear seats feature two complete sets of LATCH connectors. The lower anchors are easy to find, but the tether anchors can be difficult to spot, and you may accidentally confuse other hardware for the anchor.
When it comes to cabin materials, the F-150 won’t disappoint. The higher trims especially feature plenty of soft-touch materials. However, the cabin still falls short of some competitors’ cabins in terms of providing a luxurious feel.
The best the F-150 has to offer in the way of in-cabin tech is the available SYNC 3 infotainment system. You may have a little trouble pairing your phone with the system, but overall it is intuitive and has a simple interface. There are also plenty of physical buttons across the dash that control numerous climate and audio functions.
Other useful tech features that you can add include voice recognition, navigation, and Siri Eyes Free, which can help you check and return texts and emails using voice commands so you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.
With three available bed lengths, the F-150 has a bed that’s the right size for your needs. An available tailgate step can make climbing in and out of the bed easier, and there are multiple features that are helpful when loading and securing cargo, including stowable loading ramps and movable tie-down cleats.
F-150 Pricing, Options, and Trims
The F-150’s XL (base) trim has a starting price of $26,540. That’s about the same as the Ram 1500, and it’s less than the base price of other rivals. There are several higher F-150 trims, including the Raptor (starting at $48,325), which is an off-road performance trim. The highest trim is the Limited trim, which starts at $59,600.
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, and SuperCrew models come standard with a 5-foot-6-inch bed. You can upgrade to an 8-foot bed on Regular cab and SuperCab models, and you can upgrade to the 6-foot-6-inch bed in SuperCrew models. Bed upgrades will cost around $300 or around $1,100, depending on the trim and bed lengths in question. Note that 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 $2,600 more than the price of the base engine. The high-output twin-turbo V6 is only available in the F-150 Raptor.
After choosing a body style, bed length, and engine, you still have work to do. There are plenty of equipment and option packages to choose from that determine what infotainment tech and driver assistance features you'll have. There are also stand-alone options to choose from. For instance, four-wheel drive costs up to $4,645, depending on which trim you're adding it to.
F-150 Safety and Reliability
The F-150 performs well in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning a rating of Good (the highest rating) in every category. It also earns a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
While there are no standard driver assistance features in the F-150, plenty are available. There are parking aids like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera system, and active park assist, which helps make parallel parking easier by steering for you.
Other active safety features include lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring, which can help you stay safe on crowded streets or highways. And no discussion of the F-150’s safety features would be complete without mentioning MyKey. Hesitant to hand the keys of your truck to an inexperienced driver? Enter MyKey. You can program speed and volume limits, giving you one less thing to worry about when you’re not there to guide your young driver.
The 2017 Ford F-150 is backed by a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Other Trucks to Consider
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a slew of powerful engines, ranging from its base V6 up to a 6.2-liter V8. That V8 also contributes to the Silverado's excellent towing capacity, which tops out at 12,500 pounds, a full 300 pounds more than the F-150's maximum tow rating. It's not all about the engines with the Silverado; this truck also has one of the nicest interiors in the class. The cabin is quiet and features plenty of high-end materials. The seats are spacious and comfortable, and they feel luxurious in higher trim levels. The Silverado's interior tech is headlined by the user-friendly MyLink infotainment system, which includes cutting-edge connectivity options.
Despite having a similar price tag, reviewers agree that the Ram 1500's cabin is more upscale than the F-150's. The Ram's cushioned seats ensure that you'll be comfortable on drives of any length, and both rows of seats (when applicable) have plenty of legroom, even for adults. Unlike the F-150, the Ram 1500 offers a turbodiesel powertrain, which is the most fuel-efficient engine in the class. The Ram has V6 and V8 gas engines in its lineup as well. The Ram delivers a smooth ride, and it offers an air suspension that can level the truck if you've got a heavy load in the bed.
Details: 2017 Ford F-150
The 2017 Ford F-150 seats three in Regular Cab models and up to six in SuperCab and SuperCrew models. A 3.5-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive are standard. Four-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission are available, as are several engines: a 325-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, a 375-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, a 385-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, and in the Raptor, a high-output 3.5-liter V6 that produces 450 horsepower. The F-150 comes in seven trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. Major changes for 2017 include the reintroduction of the Raptor trim, as well as updated engines and a new transmission, but the F-150 was last redesigned in 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable reviews and research from the 2015 through 2017 model years.
Aside from a basic radio, there aren't many notable standard features in the F-150. 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, curve control, active park assist, and the voice-activated SYNC system with a 4.2-inch display screen, Bluetooth, 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'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 (2016)
- "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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