I live in Texas. I drive all across Texas. We write to help inform the Texas automotive consumer. It’s safe to say, here in Texas we know and love Ford, especially Ford Trucks! So when I heard that a 2015 Ford F-150 4×4 SuperCrew King Ranch was coming our way, I got all kinds of excited. The Texas Auto Writers Association, and txGarage, named this new truck the Truck of Texas for 2014! Those who follow, also know how excited about trucks I can get. I only got to do a fraction of what I wanted to with this beautiful piece of machinery but we still had a great week with the 2015 Ford to say the least. We have some highlights that I would like to point out.
First, just as any true truck fanatic, appearance is almost always where you start; pulling power is next. Was this F-150 all I thought it would be in person, as it is on the internet or other means of advertisement; yes! From the front stance to the sleek rear taillights, there’s a ton of technology and features loaded in the F-150, but I must say my favorite is the new logo emblem and the frameless back window (on some options). Even at that, there’s another feature about the F-150 that they tout as pretty neat, and that’s their Aluminum-Alloy body. Saying that it takes 700lbs off the total weight of the vehicle. In the Garage we got the King Ranch 4×4 SuperCrew trim level, and I will honestly say, that I didn’t notice the weight difference but the appearance of the 13th generation F-150 seemed just as sturdy as previous versions. If you look at the truck in pictures online (Ford.com), you might see some design cues may have been taken from previous generations of the F-150. I think that was intentional but in the same right, the new F-150 has some pretty different looks around, giving it the refresh it needed. Just judging by how many I have seen around, sales are doing just fine. The front grill area seems a little bolder and the rear view mirrors have the bold look to match. As you could probably imagine with LED lighting, the new F-150 has great lighting but there was one that I thought was really neat, which was the LED light that was in the truck bed. Overall, I was exceptionally pleased with the exterior features.
Now under the hood, our test vehicle was equipped with a 5.0L V8 FFV Engine with and Electric 6-speed Auto with Tow-mode. As Ford mentions they have a “Game-changing 4-Engine lineup.” I may not have felt the vehicle was that much lighter but I could tell the new F-150 has plenty of power. I have heard of great things coming from the other TAWA members concerning the EcoBoost engine and it’s output for this truck. Other packages and options for the truck come with a 2.7L or 3.5 EcoBoost Engines or 3.5L Ti-VCT 6 speed or 5.0L Ti-VCT 8 speed. The point here: there’s 4 great engines on a historic Truck of Texas. With so many engine options, we’re pleased to announce that we got pretty accurate fuel readings as compared to what you’d find on window stickers. We got an average of 17-ish MPG; remember we’re driving the big V8. There were times in traffic where getting on it, was needed, plus let’s face it, when you have a 5.0L Engine pushing you, you kind of want to test the power. I think Ford is doing some great things, not only technology in their engines but listening to their truck owners of Texas for fuel saving tactics without sacrificing towing capabilities.
During our week with the King Ranch we didn’t have any trailers to hook up to this truck, although we’ve spent some time towing with it during some of our annual events. We did put it to work though. While we had possession of the truck Adam had this thing loaded down with pallets of hardwood flooring and later in the week had it packed with fence paneling. In every instance the truck handled the various loads with ease.
So much technology has been put into the exterior and engine of the F-150 it’s great to see that Ford put some great technology in the cab as well. When you climb in the truck itself, you’ll notice right behind the heated steering wheel, you have an 8-inch Digital Digital Display. The Sony sound system, and infotainment system, helps display the exclusive 360 degree backup camera. If you ever get a chance to drive one of these, with this type of backup camera, do it! You’ll be hooked! Heated seats (front and rear), 110 Volt – 400 watt Inverter instrument panel, fully flat load door, and a plethora of other bits loaded in the new F-150. There’s not enough positive things to say about all the innovation that’s been put in the 13th Generation F-150. If you’re anything like me you are already thinking of how much this costs.
Our Model, that was a fully loaded King Ranch, came in at just a hair over $62,000. I am not shocked at sticker price, given the brand and deep Texas roots and history. On their website, you’ll see that they start at just $25,800. It’s more than likely to say, that on either end of the spectrum you’re getting what you pay for. That’s not saying that at 25K, you’re getting a cheap vehicle but you’re not getting one as loaded. With that, I am so pleased with the innovations that Ford keeps stepping up to the plate with. The truck market is stronger than ever, and Ford’s footprint is not only wide with trucks but like I said it’s deep rooted in Texas. We love our trucks and we love Ford!