Auto123 critiques the 2020 Ford F-150.
The Ford F-150 is certifiably legendary.
In fact, within the automotive and light-truck world, “legendary” standing could be achieved in quite a lot of methods. Perhaps a automotive is known in Hollywood – like one other Ford, the Mustang. Perhaps the automotive in query ushered in some revolutionary new tech, like some would say Tesla did with the Mannequin S. Perhaps it’s the most costly automotive ever bought at public sale – say, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Perhaps it was the least costly automotive ever bought within the showroom. That might be the Tata Nano.
Within the case of the F-150 – or, certainly, the Ford F100 vehicles that preceded it – legendary standing has been achieved by quantity before everything. The F-150 has been the bestselling passenger car in Canada for over 52 years, and whereas Ram vehicles have been taking a chunk out of these gross sales these days, the F-150 troopers on because the best-selling of the best-selling pickups.
It is also attributable to enter its 14th technology in 2021, so we’re testing the Platinum model seen right here as a little bit of a final hurrah for this technology of the F-150.
The Platinum model sits on the third rung of the F-150’s Canadian lineup, behind the Restricted and Raptor vehicles. Factor is, my tester was so optioned out that the one actual distinction between it and the Restricted are the latter’s 22-inch wheels; most of the different options that model brings – twin-panel moonroof, B&O audio, 360-degree digicam – had been on my truck.
Talking of on-board electronics: not a lot has modified for the F-150 for the 2020 mannequin 12 months, however they’ve added the Ford Co-Pilot360 security suite as normal on the Platinum. That gives auto excessive beams, blind-spot system with trailer monitoring, pre-collision help with auto emergency braking and lane hold help and alert (I turned the “help” portion off as I discovered it too delicate; you’ll be able to’t regulate its sensitivity like you’ll be able to the alert system).
Additionally discovered not on however in my truck was attractive brown leather-based seating – truly, it’s probably not brown however extra brick crimson; brown is reserved for the King Ranch truck that sits just under the Platinum within the lineup. It does effectively to go with the Blue Denims Metallic – sure, “Blue Denims Metallic” – paint job. And why not? An increasing number of typically as of late, pickups are all-around autos and if house owners are searching for the inside high quality of an SUV, then they will get it.
They’ll get roominess, too. The Crew Cab on my tester offers 1,107 mm of rear legroom and 1,115 mm within the entrance row. I’ll prevent the difficulty of checking: that’s about as a lot room as you get within the first two rows of the Expedition SUV, mannequin with which the F-150 shares a platform. The flat ground, in the meantime, serves the twin goal of constructing loading your gear that a lot simpler and offering extra passenger consolation as they don’t should take care of footwells narrowed to accommodate a transmission tunnel and driveshaft.
Whereas my tester had the shorter 5.5-foot mattress, the Crew Cab can also be accessible with the bigger 6.5-footer. Ford thus deftly gives the most effective of each worlds when it comes to the F-150’s talents as both work truck or household hauler. Ford’s tailgate entry system, in the meantime, might look just a little ungainly what with its two-step deployment course of, however as soon as accomplished, it really works effectively sufficient. I simply want there was just a little extra creativity relating to the field itself. Sure, you could have the requisite mattress lights, equipment rails and tie downs, however nothing in the best way of any storage bins mounted to the mattress partitions, such as you may see with a Rambox-equipped Ram 1500 and even the smaller Toyota Tacoma.
Talking of hauling households, I did match a baby’s seat contained in the F-150. I’ve tried this earlier than in vehicles, and each one I’ve tried it on has a typical seatback-mounted anchor. On the F-150, although, it’s important to make use of a considerably extra sophisticated strapping system that makes putting in the seat just a little simpler, however taking it out was a complete different story. Price maintaining in thoughts should you plan on recurrently shuffling a baby seat – or seats — out and in of the F-150.
The truck is well-equipped within the second row, fitted as it’s with heated seats, USB ports, cupholders – the whole lot a again seat wants, actually, plus the additional mild invited in by my tester’s elective panoramic roof.
Up entrance, in the meantime, the footwell isn’t comfortable in any respect, the armrests are mounted on the good stage and the gauge cluster will get a large TFT show nestled inside that reveals your journey laptop, navi directions, trailering data and off-road data. My tester additionally had the FX4 off-road package deal that gives underbody skid plates, hill-descent management, specially-tuned shock absorbers and three.31 electronic-locking rear axle.
That’s all nice, however the reality you’ll be able to’t even get a hill-descent management system as normal on such a high-level truck is shocking. I additionally had a little bit of a difficulty with the infotainment show, which appears small because of its thick body; the show right here is dwarfed by examples from Ram and Ford’s personal Explorer. In fact, the 2021 mannequin will get a bigger display, however proper now, Ford appears to have fallen behind right here.
I’ve no complaints in regards to the infotainment system itself, although. Ford’s SYNC3 interface is an efficient one, with clean graphics, a responsive touchscreen and well-aligned menus. In fact Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available, however a string of buttons on the base of the show permit you to simply change between these apps and SYNC3’s native interface.
Talking of small, that’s most likely one of the best ways to outline the buttons used to regulate the local weather management system. Their dimension makes them robust to function with gloves on, which could be a difficulty as one typically desires to function these with gloves on as one waits for the car to heat up.
The F-150’s powertrains are various – there’s a V8 and a diesel in addition to a pair of turbo’d sixes and a naturally-aspirated V6. My tester had probably the most standard of the bunch, a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 good for 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Why standard? As a result of it’s within the candy spot of the lineup, providing extra torque than the whole lot however the diesel and extra energy than the whole lot however the V8.
My tester additionally had a 10-speed auto and max trailer tow package deal, which provides a 3.73 rear axle, class IV receiver, engine oils cooler, Professional Trailer Backup Help 4/7-pin harness and path brake controller. Add an upgraded rear bumper and entrance stabilizer bar, and you’ve got the flexibility to tow nearly 6,000 kg, which places the F-150 close to the highest of the section relating to towing.
Whereas I like the facility and deep-throated growl of a V8 as a lot as the subsequent man, the three.5L EcoBoost here’s a gem of an engine. It’s bought wonderful pulling energy, little or no turbo lag and the best way it interacts with the 10-speed computerized is true on. There’s even a little bit of a growl right here; it’s considerably artificially augmented however that’s OK because it’s laborious to get a lot of an engine observe out of turbo’d motors at the most effective of occasions.
Couple the powertrain efficiency with a trip that feels nearly as luxurious as that of the Expedition King Ranch I just lately examined, and also you’ve bought a reasonably good 1-2 punch when it comes to the F-150 expertise. Its capabilities, in the meantime, make for a superb 1-2-Three punch and it’s not laborious to see why these vehicles are so darn standard. Ford is aware of methods to construct them, they know what their consumers need and so they appear to have the ability to hit the mark each time. I think the case will likely be no completely different when the brand new truck arrives subsequent 12 months.
Ford’s SYNC3 interface
Sturdy towing capabilities
The three.5L EcoBoost is a gem of an engine
We like much less
The field might use a extra imaginative design
Getting a baby seat out and in is just too sophisticated
No normal hill-descent management system
Smallish infotainment show
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