Ford's 2015 Ford F-150
is a technological tour-de-force, what with its aluminum-intensive construction and its powerful and efficient new 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine
option. But now that it's hit the market, it's time to get down to brass tacks and find out how just the latest F-150 actually stands up to its rivals in the hyper-competitive fullsize segment.
is among the first to round up the Ford (in Lariat 2.7-litre 4X4 guise here) and put it up against the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman EcoDiesel 4x4
and 5.3-litre-equipped Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71
to find out how Dearborn's new-think truck measures up.
The test put the trio through over 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) of tough driving in California and Arizona in a variety of conditions from just cruising around unladen to hauling a trailer. MT found all three trucks to be competent, but the most praise got heaped on the Ram
and the Ford
, with the Chevrolet
falling a step behind its competitors in many tests.
Among the Ford's most-liked features was its 2.7-litre, twin-turbo V6 that helped make the F-150 easily the quickest of the group, with some editors saying the engine felt about the same whether driving around with cargo in the bed or not. There was some minor turbo lag during acceleration while trailering, but that issue affected the Ram, too.
The Ram's powertrain was lauded, as well. The EcoDiesel was torquey around town, and the 1500's combination of an eight-speed automatic and air suspension was judged to be the best of the lot. It was the most difficult to get into the bed, though.
The Ram also won the fuel economy award by netting 20-miles-per-gallon (11.8L/100km) city and 28-mpg (8.4L/100km) highway in the test to beat its estimated ratings of 19/27 (14.4/8.7L/100km). The Ford's EcoBoost managed 17/22 (13.8/10.7L/100km), one mpg off each from the estimated numbers, and using a lot of throttle really depleted its efficiency. As MT notes, however, it would take time for the diesel's mileage savings to pay off at the pump for these two trucks.
In the end, the Ram just barely eked out the win, with the title partially earned because of "the Ford's unknown maintenance and aluminum repair costs," according to MT. Go check out the full comparison to read all of the details
, then let us know what you think in Comments.