The long list of available features, strong performance, and a diverse lineup make the 2017 Ford F-150 hard to beat. This is a vehicle that is even poised to attract the admiration of critics (if any existed). With features such as fuel-shy turbocharged V6 engines, impressive towing, payload and off-road capabilities, and unending list of safety, convenience and comfort features, the F-150 is undoubtedly the truck worth waiting for. Its release should be expected in January 2017.
After a massive redesign of the truck last year, the new vehicle returns with few changes inside and out. The list of technologies and materials inside has been updated, but the exterior and engine departments remain virtually unaltered. This shouldn’t be a cause for concern as the previous redesign thoroughly ensured the F-150 stays ahead of the game for a couple of years to come. You would be wise to say the 2016 Ford F-150 came well ahead of its time.
Its body panels are mostly made of aluminum metal, and Ford says this should help keep its weight in check. This will aid the vehicle post better fuel economy ratings as well as payload capacities. Faultfinding might be a tedious process for those still skeptical, but we must admit the redesigned 2017 Ram 1500 is a strong contender for the title. But as has been the trend in the past, most buyers will likely take sides with the F-150.
Lest you think the Ford F-150 is faultless, there are some few issues you might find important to ponder about in your free time. They include the costly aluminum repairs and a relatively stiff ride with an empty bed. If you can’t live with such problematic issues, there are several other rivals you should consider, they include the “A” rated 2017 RAM 1500, the 2017 Nissan Titan, and the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.
At the end of the day, a decision has to be made. But whichever your conclusion is, the 2017 Ford F-150, which also has an “A” rating tag embedded on it by several leading car blogs, is a top choice for many pickup fans.
Trims Available – Ford F-150
Three body styles are available for the 2017 Ford F-150: extended (Supercab), regular, and crew cab (Supercrew). And depending on which trim you choose, there are various bed lengths available as well. Ultimately, you have to choose between six trims: XLT, XL, King Ranch, Lariat, Limited, and Platinum. The Raptor is covered under a separate review.
Interior Review & 2017 Ford F-150 Exterior Changes
The XL’ list of standard accessories and features include a 2.3” driver information screen, a 40/20/40-split cloth upholstered front bench, trailer sway control, 17-inch steel wheels, auxiliary audio input, air-conditioning, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, manual crank windows, two additional speakers, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, a 4.2”central display, air-conditioning, pre-wired trailer connections, four-speaker radio system, and automatic headlights.
Upgrading to the XLT gets you manual passenger and driver lumbar adjustments, exterior trim and chrome bumpers, alloy wheels, additional interior storage, four-way adjustable headrests, a keypad entry system, interior storage bins and pockets, and a rear privacy glass.
Options available for the XLT include a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trailer hitch, an auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, satellite radio, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a 110-V power outlet, LED bed lighting, a panoramic sunroof, inflatable rear seatbelts, rear-cross traffic alert, a blind-spot monitor, and a Sync 3 infotainment system.
The Lariat, in addition to what the XLT offers, adds an 11-speaker Sony audio system, automatic wipers, LED headlights, an automated parallel-parking system, a surround-view camera, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, remote tailgate release, lane-departure prevention, and front bucket seats.
Offered only in Supercrew body style, the trim ladder-topping King Ranch adds 20-inch wheels, integrated trailer brake styling, unique styling details, aluminum interior trim, power-deployable running boards, heated rear seats, and Western-style interior appointment theme.
2017 Ford F-150 Engine Specifications
Under the hood of the 2017 Ford F-150 base model is a 3.5L V6 engine good for 282 hp and 253 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA says this engine should be able to return 25/18/20 mpg on the highway/city/combined for the FWD, and 23/17/19 mpg for the AWD.
Looking for more oomph, a 2.7L turbocharged V6 engine generating 325 hp and 375 LBS. FT. OF Torque is available. A time of 6.0 seconds is what you require to get the 4WD Supercrew passed 60 mph.
Next up is the 5.0L V8 turbocharged engine rated at 385 hp and 387 lbs. ft. of torque. With the RWD, expect 22/15/18 mpg. 6.9 seconds is what you require to move from 0-60 mph with the 4WD Supercrew.
Finally, the 3.5L V6 engine raises the stakes higher to 365 horsepower and 420 lbs. ft. of torque. This is the fastest of them all with a 0-60 mph acceleration in only 6.2 seconds.
The maximum the V6-powered 2.7L 2017 Ford F-150 can tow is 8,500 pounds, and 7,600 pounds with the base V6.
Wheelbase: 122.4 in
Length: 209.3 in
Width: 79.9 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: N/A
Curb weight: 4,049 lbs
Top Speed: 107 mph
0-60: 6,2 sec
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
Available Exterior Colors: Blue Flame Metallic, Blue Jeans Metallic, Caribou Metallic, Green Gem Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Lithium Gray, Magnetic Metallic, Oxford White, Race Red and Shadow Black
Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs
2017 Ford F-150 Release Date & Price
January 2017 is the expected release date of the 2017 Ford F-150. As for its price, well, the F-150 Regular Cab has an asking price of $26,430, $30,490 – F-150 SuperCab, and $32,945 for the F-150 SuperCrew model.
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