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New Ford F-150 good but not the best

Posted August 5, 2015

Both F-150 models are good trucks, but Consumer Reports said they're not the best. They score below the RAM 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado, in part because their testers say the Ford doesn't ride or handle as well.

There's something different about Ford's new F-150.

It's dropped 700 pounds with a new aluminum body and the change means it can carry and tow more. It also means a smaller engine, making for a better fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon overall.

It still has plenty of power, accelerating faster than the larger, 3.5-liter turbo charged engine.

Both F-150 models are good trucks, but Consumer Reports said they're not the best. They score below the RAM 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado, in part because their testers say the Ford doesn't ride or handle as well.

"The RAM 1500 sets the benchmark for ride for a pickup truck,” said Mike Quincy of Consumer Reports. “Plus the Chevrolet Silverado has really good handling,”


Another consideration is the price. The 2.7-liter F-150 tested by Consumer Reports costs $46,000. That's more than the Silverado, which gets almost the same fuel economy at 16 miles per gallon instead of 17.

The RAM 1500 Eco Diesel is Consumer Reports' top-rated full-sized pickup truck. It gets 20 miles per gallon and costs just over $49,000.

Consumer Reports said the RAM 1500 is the most comfortable-riding, full-sized pickup on the market, yet it's plenty capable of handling hard work

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  • Mark Cline Aug 10, 2015
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    I drove my F-150 past two Chevys on flatbeds the other day. I'll stick with my sorry Ford, thank ya!

  • John Kramer Aug 10, 2015
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    Well then Ford is a total failure at everything but when they go to the bank. Just because some Honda loving Consumer Reports dude doesn't like the ride of the new Ford truck does not mean it is not the best truck on the road. It means they need to stick to reviewing Toyota Crayolas and crowing about how great they are, and leave the real test to the consumer, none of whom read their silly reports.

  • Paul Stroud Aug 9, 2015
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    Perhaps you are confused, best selling does not mean best. Just because Ford has more brand loyalty doesn't mean they make a better truck. In fact, if you look at the statistics from this year, while Ford is selling more than Chevy or Dodge, they sold less than they did last and and both Chevy and Dodge sold more. Ford needs to step up their game.

  • John Kramer Aug 6, 2015
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    More consumer reports drivel. Ford is by far the best selling truck, but Shh! Don't tell the "engineers" at consumer reports. The real shocks is that they did not rank Toyota number 1, lol.