In January, I braved the icy Detroit weather to watch the all new Ford F-150 be unveiled at NAIAS. The truck broke through a wall at NAIAS and from that moment on, I’ve been waiting to drive it. Then, on a Sunday night, I opened an email that invited me to be one of the first journalists to drive the 2015 Ford F-150 in San Antonio. I jumped up and down and screamed…..YES! Sorry to disappoint anyone that expected my response to be a YeeHaw.
The first evening Ford kicked things off with information we’d all been waiting for, numbers on payload and towing.
2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum Is Worth The Weight
2015 Ford F-150 can tow 12,200 pounds and haul 3,300 pounds-best in class
Then, we got up close and personal with the technology. Sitting inside a 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum edition, a Ford engineer walked us through what makes the 2015 Ford F-150 the smartest F-150 EVER, using an iPad. This truly was THE best vehicle walk through I’ve ever experienced on a media launch.
Of course, I wasn’t the best student because I couldn’t stop staring at the 8 inch productivity screen!
Our learning continued as we checked out the LED box lighting; LED spotlights in the mirrors; underseat storage; aluminum construction and more. My attention span wavered, I mean come on, enough talk guys, I’ve waited nine long months to drive the truck, you keep telling me will revolutionize the industry. I couldn’t find any sympathy from 2015 Ford F-150 Chief Engineer Pete Reyes. “We’ve been working on this project for 4 and half years”, he said, “and I promise you plenty of drive time tomorrow.”
2015 Ford F-150 Drive Impressions
Up bright and early, we raced to the F-150s in the Hyatt Hill Country Resort parking lot. My drive partner, Chad Kirchner, grabbed a F-150 XLT sport, and called dibs. As Chad navigated the Hill Country back roads, I spent time exploring the roomy interior. Hearing the cab was wider by two inches didn’t mean much to me, until I actually sat in the passenger seat and experienced the extra space.
First observation from my shotgun seat, the cabin was super quiet. We were able to converse easily with Miss Becky and the Ford engineer riding in the backseat. When we reached our first major traffic light, we experienced the auto start stop feature. I noticed the A/C reduced the fan, and then stopped altogether. On a warm day in Texas, it wouldn’t take long for you to be feeling the heat. That immediately bugged me, but you can turn the auto start stop off with the push of a button.
We cruised the bumpy roads of the San Antonio countryside, but our ride was so smooth. I sounded like a broken record, because anytime someone asked my thoughts, my first response: smooth like butter. I never expected the Sport edition to ride so smoothly. Growing impatient as a passenger for over 30 miles, I loved watching the blue skies through the twin panel moon roof. Ford calls it an option for under $2000, I call it a requirement.
Finally, it was my time behind the wheel, and what a wheel it is! Within seconds I was rambling about how much I loved the massive, comfortable electric steering wheel. I felt powerful, as the F-150 responded with ease and conquered the S-curves with no roll. Driving the 2.7 EcoBoost engine I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of power. With 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque, its more than adequate for my family’s needs. But, I know we’re more likely to choose the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 with a FX4 off road package of course.
When we reached our final destination of the day, Gruene Hall, we found authentic Texas BBQ waiting for us. Country singers crooned, while we dined on ribs, brisket, sausage, and potato salad. Even with food in our mouths, everyone was buzzing about their first impressions of the 2015 Ford F-150. I overheard more than one journalist say, “I can’t find one thing I don’t like with the truck.” I disagreed, I have a major issue with the smartest, most capable truck on the road: I don’t own one…yet!
Sadly, I can’t order one immediately, but when we do I’m not sure if the hardest choice will be choosing the color or one of the five available models. While the XL (base model) is a good starting point, I want more features. Between XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and my favorite the Platinum, there’s a truck for everyone.
Now, I know this is a long post, but there’s a lot to know about the 2015 Ford F-150. I have to point out the 11 available class-exclusives in the all new F-150:
- 360-degree camera view uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help drivers park, maneuver in tight spots, and navigate narrow roads and trails- I think this feature was created after watching me attempt to park my husband’s truck
- Integrated loading ramps to make it even easier to load your ATVs, motorcycles, and mowers
- BoxLink combines metal brackets and custom cleats making it easier to secure whatever you’re hauling
- LED headlamps; LED taillamps make the Ford F-150 easy to see and increase nighttime visibility & will last more than five times longer than conventional bulbs
- I call this the “relationship saving feature”: Trailer hitch assist with new rearview camera feature that shows the driver a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display so drivers can easily line up their truck and trailer without a spotter or getting out of the truck
- Remote tailgate so you can lock or unlock your tailgate with the remote
I think Ford rolled the dice when they decided to use aluminum alloy, but with great risk, comes great reward! The 2015 Ford F-150 is the real deal, with a lot less steel. And, I’m not the only one impressed, the all-new Ford F-150 was named Truck of Texas at the 2014 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Truck Rodeo.