Ford let auto writers, dealers and consumers test drive the redesigned 2015 F-150, with an aluminum body, in Texas ahead of its arrival late this year.
Here are excerpts from the first reviews.
“The most impressive part of the drive was the responsiveness of the truck through the equivalent of a shallow stream. Despite pushing the speed and swerving back and forth aggressively, I never found myself feeling as though I would lose control.”
“Most customers will be delighted with its performance — in any powertrain combo — and its amazing roster of new equipment. Oh, and about that equipment: many of those new features will put back a lot of the weight the aluminum saved, so don’t be shocked if your new truck isn’t fully 700 pounds lighter than your trade-in.”
— Motor Trend
“The ride was unobjectionable despite frequent small pitches — not quite matching the Ram 1500 but seemingly more comfortable than the Silverado. The most striking thing ... is how quiet it is.”
— Consumer Reports
“The ’15 model builds on the strengths that have made it a best-seller and adds a new measure of technology, sophistication, and efficiency.”
— Truck Trend
“It doesn’t take more than 50 metres [164 feet] for the truck’s weight-loss strategy to shine through. The steering is more responsive, the truck changes direction faster, rides and handles more smoothly. You might think the F-150 would feel a bit flimsier, too, but the opposite is true. The big Ford feels appreciably sturdier than the outgoing model. ”
— Top Gear