Overall Rating: [yasr_overall_rating] With rolling hills and miles of scenic highways not many travelers have endeavored off of the Texas Interstates of I-35 and I-10 to really enjoy what makes Texas – bigger and better. While test driving a few of Ford’s 2015 F-150 trucks through Hill Country, not only will the family road trip traveler enjoy the scenery, but the comfort and peace of mind in doing so in America’s best selling pickup truck. A bigger windshield and comfortable seats is just the tipping point of what makes it a more enjoyable experience. If you must use it to haul or for work you will enjoy the handling and bigger payload to get done what you need to get done. Enjoying the opportunity to test drive a few of these courtesy of Ford, helps me appreciate the technology and design even more. The F100 trucks have a rich history and within the last 20 years, the 2015 model has undergone it’s most significant change. It’s more than just a cosmetic facelift, it’s a total body makeover. As I mentioned in an earlier Facebook post, it would be impossible to compare this year’s model with earlier years because Ford took a huge gamble on making significant changes and redesigns to their most popular series.It’s like trying to compare a VCR to a Blu-Ray player. Both play movies, but the technology in the Blu-Ray player, Blu Ray discs, HDMI cables, and HD TV’s just provide a better experience. That’s similar to the 2015 Ford F-150 with a change in body material by using aluminum, a redesigned chassis, improved engine design there are new technologies and improved engineering that creates a “better experience.” Let’s talk about the biggest feature in this review, the weight loss.
Lean and Mean
Let’s point to the biggest change of the Ford F-150 that will be the hallmark “sales pitch” that your dealers will be tossing around. Aluminum makes up a significant portion of the truck body and lighter weight, high strength steel in the frames contributes to a weight reduction of about 700 pounds. What it loses in weight it allows for even bigger payload and towing capabilities. The new F-150 offers best-in-class towing of 12,200 lbs (up 900 lbs from the previous model) and best-in-class payload of up to 3,300 lbs (1,030 lbs more than the nearest competitor, Ford claims). Aluminum in vehicles is not that unusual as some of the newest luxury vehicles are using carbon fiber and different aluminum alloys to improve design and weight. In a nutshell you can translate this to better fuel economy. Aluminum is not as cheap as steel, but Aluminum makes like Alcoa are under pressure to vertically align and diversify themselves in order to improve their bottom lines and doing so with America’s #1 selling truck just makes business sense. What does that mean to you? It probably doesn’t matter to you but the thing you can be assured of is that with aluminum, you are not losing the stability and security in the truck. In fact, I found driving it through hill country and through mud puddles to be an enjoyable experience. I had a lower center of gravity and thus I had better control and a smoother experience in the 4&4. No jerking or delays in the steering and standing at 5’4″ I could manage driving this truck through riverbeds, mud, curves, and rocky roads with relative ease. I had to lift the seat up so I could see over the steering wheel but you have a wider front glass to look out of which makes roadtrips through hill country that much more enjoyable.
There’s so much more options that you will want to consider from the engine size and technologies to the interior features. This is just a teaser but tomorrow I’ll be talking about engine size and the 2.7L ecoboost all the way up to the 3.5L. Leaner, meaner and a lot of grrr rather purr for a smaller engine size. You will not realize it’s a V6 when it comes to power. Stay tuned or subscribe so you don’t miss out on all of the features.
Sisterdale, TX and Ford
When you drive your new Ford F-150 through Hill Country consider a stop in the town of Sisterdale. This unincorporate town and ranching community is home to 63 residents with a rich German history. Home of the historic Sisterdale Dance Hall, this little community is warm and inviting and seems to love their classic cars. You will see a line of old cars everywhere in this little community and it’s a sight for the auto lovers eyes. While driving through this area, I couldn’t help but raptured by the place and seeing the line of Ford trucks make their way to this little town and enjoy the hospitality is just one of the things that makes Texas – Texas. Learn more about Sisterdale at the Texas Historical Association.
Interested in learning more about what the 2015 Ford F-150 can do? Check out this intro from Video Maven, Zane over at Zaneology as we roadtrip through Hill Country. This is how Texas Women do a Ford!
You can learn more about the all new 2015 Ford F-150 by visiting the Ford media page.
See the second part of this series, Texas roadtrip series: Scenic rides in the Cowboy Capital with a 2015 Ford F-150
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