“The 2.7 EcoBoost pulls hard and feels strong in the midrange,” Daily News Editor Joseph Capparella says, “and makes me wonder whether the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is a worthy upgrade. My one caveat is the six-speed transmission, which is somewhat reluctant to downshift and upshift.”
Daily News Editor Jake Holmes agrees. “Very smooth and predictable power delivery, and plenty of power for what a lot of truck buyers really need. It’s a shame, then, that this six-speed automatic seems to be in the wrong gear too often. That 10-speed automatic had better come soon.”
And taking up to 700 pounds out of the big truck (traditionally, it has been a couple hundred pounds heavier than similarly equipped Chevrolet/GMC and Ram rivals) has improved handling, braking and maneuverability. “It changes direction, stops, and accelerates in a livelier manner than the last truck,” Holmes says.
Save for hauling furniture a mile between two houses, we drove the Ford pickup unladen, as most suburban cowboys would. But with nothing in the bed, the truck feels like its spring and shock rates haven’t been eased up for the considerable weight reduction, so the ride is harsher than the F-150’s rivals over harsh metro Detroit pavement. “Steering feel is vague and directional stability is very poor, and the ride is choppier and more brittle than what you get in a Ram or a GM truck,” Holmes adds.
2015 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCab 4×4 Specifications
|Engine:||2.7L turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6 /325 hp @5,750 rpm, 375 lb-ft. @3,000 rpm|
|Layout:||2+2-access door, 5-passenger, front-engine, 4WD pickup truck|
|EPA Mileage:||18/23 mpg (city/hwy)|
|L x W x H:||231.9 x 77.2 x 83.5 in|
|Weight:||4,309 lb (base weight)|
|Tire Size:||274/65R-18 all-terrain|
|Payload Capacity:||3,300 lb|
|Towing Capacity:||2,200 lb|