After just over two years with us from new, Trucc™ rolled past 75k miles earlier today.
Never in my life did I expect to fall so deeply in love with a car in such a short amount of time.
If you don’t know the story, my dad used to have a 2004 Ranger Edge 3.0 V6 SuperCab 5M I chose out new when I was a child at our local Ford dealership when he was looking for a car. He bought it simply because I liked the red truck with orange letters. After 218k miles, it was totaled after a rear end accident in Miami. He tasked me with finding the perfect F-150 for him via cars.com, so I spent a few weeks looking. After plenty of dishonesty and shady moves from about a dozen Ford dealerships, I found the perfect (for me) F-150 at a Ford dealership in Fort Lauderdale. A leftover 2016 Lithium Gray F-150 XLT Sport SuperCab with the 2.7 EcoBoost. It was loaded with just about every option minus the sunroof and 20” wheels. When I sent him the link, he knew I was looking based on my taste, but he decided to go and check it out anyway. This was the last dealership before we’d have to expand the search radius to the Treasure Coast up to Orlando. A few hours later, I was told he was signing the final papers and got a great deal. Thus, for the second time, I chose out a truck for my father. He said pictures didn’t do it justice—that it was love at first sight.
After 75,000 miles, I’ve found myself fallen head over heels in love with Ford’s new trucks more than ever.
What about the F-150 in itself?
Well, this is the 13th generation that debuted for the 2015 model year. It received a refresh for the 2018 model year with a bunch of powertrain improvements. There’s an F-150 for everyone, even if you’re a Mexican Stinger GT owner who hates trucks for no apparent reason.
(Full Disclosure: Ford wanted me to drive this F-150 so bad that they offered a dumb thicc discount to my dad on a leftover 2016 so he could shut up and buy a truck.)
Exterior - 10/10
As previously explained, I chose this one exactly to my taste, right down to the gloss Lithium Gray color with the two tone sport wheels. The current gen F-150 is easily the best looking truck on sale and it’s honestly such a pleasure to look at. The Sport has body colored bumpers, which definitely adds to the aesthetic appeal.
The XLT is the second rung from the bottom in terms of trim levels, so don’t expect a King Ranch or Platinum leather-clad interior. This one has the black sport cloth interior with the 40/console/40 front layout and a console shifter. I honestly prefer this to any other interior. It has dark aluminum look trim on the doors and center console with some chrome accenting. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, especially on long drives. The plastics are relatively cheap, but not as bad as others in the segment. This is a similar interior to the base Raptor, so it gets a thumbs up from me.
You may be asking yourself if I’ve gone insane giving it such a high rating, but guess what, it deserves it. If you’d told someone a decade ago that a 2.7 V6 truck could go head to head with a brand new 220 hp GTI, they would’ve laughed in your face. What a time to be alive, though. We have a 2.7 EcoBoost V6 with 325 hp and 375 lb-ft. helping the F150 hit 60 in 5.8 in 4x2 guise with the 3.73 rear. The handling, although not as sharp as in sporty cars, still proves amazing for a truck. This thing isn’t too far off what the Passat feels like around turns. It feels remarkably planted and stable, whether darting around town at 45 or eating up miles on I-75 doing 80. The 6R80 automatic is smooth and quicker than expected in said application. The best part? Vicious kick downs.
Running Costs- 8/10
We went into EcoBoost ownership knowing that it would be more expensive than Coyote or Cyclone ownership in the long run, but it honestly hasn’t been as bad as we had been led to believe. Other than 5k mile oil changes and routine maintenance, it’s very reminiscent of what the Ranger was like to maintain. Other than using 93 in it for max EcoBOOST, it’s cheaper to maintain than the Passat. We do intend on keeping it for a long time, so we do this with pleasure to see it around in years to come.
Performance of Intended Function- 10/10
Is this Motor Trend? No. Will I still use one of their criteria for car of the year in this review typed mostly from my dining room on an iPhone? Absolutely. Joking aside, this truck does everything it should do excellently. Even then, it manages to go above and beyond expectations by being comfortable, quick, fun to drive, fuel efficient (when I’m focusing more on Eco than Boost), and lovable. I couldn’t have asked for a better new truck to be a member of our household.
- Is it practical?
Yes. It can tow over 7500 lbs, carry five 6’+ men, withstand Costco trips, and even carry a dog.
- Is it economical?
When I’m driving? No. I get like 14/19 because I put the Boost in EcoBoost. If you drive like an civilized human? Yeah, my dad gets the stated 19/26 on the dot.
- Is it fun to drive?
Yes. It can wipe the smile off an EcoBoost Mustang or GTI owner’s face if you happen to come across one. It can also handle much better than it has any right to.
- Will it break down all the time?
No, it’s neither a Dodge nor a Chevy.
- Is it easy to park?
Yes. The F150 has the 302A Equipment Group, which includes Sync 3, rear parking sensors, and an excellent backup camera.
- What if I go to a shopping centre and get chased by baddies in a Corvette?
Idk, sounds like a you problem.
- Is it green?
No, it’s Lithium Gray.
- Can I afford it?
No, that’s why my dad bought it, not me.
- What if I’m asked to take part in a beach assault with the Royal Marines?
Pickup trucks seem to be a preferred mode of transportation for armed forces, so I think I’d do fine.