The Ford F-150 is pound-for-pound the Chevy Silverado’s greatest competitor. Its year-to-year better sales figures are mainly attributed to this truck’s ease of operation. It handles better, has a tighter turning radius, and is more user-friendly on the inside. But it loses points in certain important areas such as acceleration, safety features, and fuel economy. It may be less expensive than the Chevrolet Silverado, but it is also a great deal less efficient.
The F-150 is E85 capable with its larger engine offering, a 5.4-liter V8, and only in a 2WD configuration. Like the Chevy Silverado, it too enjoys towing capacity of up to 10,500 pounds, but it moves more sluggishly than expected. In high-rev situations, the engine seems to be working significantly harder than that of the Silverado to get the same job accomplished. But just as in the flex-fuel Silverado, the F-150’s E85 capability does result in emissions which are cleaner than those of gasoline engines.
The F-150 offers multiple cab and bed configurations and an interior that is attractive, comfortable, and upgradeable with a large roster of amenities ranging from navigation to leather upholstery to a premium sound system. Two short comings that keep it from becoming an extremely well-rounded passenger vehicle are its lack of available side curtain airbags, and its shortage of interior storage space.
The Ford F-150’s powertrain warranty extends to 5 years/60,000 miles.